In a distant future, war against an alien civilization known only as the Giants from Boötes almost wiped out the human species. The story takes place two decades after the end of the conflict, during a time of institutional, cultural, civic, and social reconstruction.
This book tells the story of Shaelin Demeter, a teenage girl who is the only deaf person in a world called Xenophon. Her introverted personality makes her insecure in most social environments. However, through certain events that develop in the novel, she realizes she has a passion, and talent, for music. It is a coming-of-age story of a protagonist that discovers her own confidence and talent in a fantastic, but in many ways grounded, futuristic world.
This is the translated version of “La música como la conozco”, published in 2020 by Mexican author Juan Carlos Molina.
Know the beginning of CHAPTER 1 : The Diary (Music as I know it)
The things they make us do at school are almost always annoying. I mostly like going to school, but I don’t like many of the learning activities. I don’t like those little educational games. When the first thing we see as we come into the classroom is the teacher standing there with a hula hoop or a giant cube or any other object that implies that they’re about to treat us like a bunch of idiot kids, to me that means it’s going to be a bad day at school.
I mean, sure, we’re children. But are we really? I like to learn. I really do. But I like to learn from books or from explanations because I feel they’re speaking directly to me. I understand that the way I like to learn is not necessarily the right way. Maybe there is no right way to learn. The others possibly need this type of dynamic to absorb knowledge. That’s fine. I try to empathize; I try to think about what everyone else needs. But I’m not like everyone else. I’m really not.
Maybe it’s not school dynamics that have been stressing me out lately. I realize that the fact that I don’t like to go to school is a part of it, but maybe there’s something else. I don’t know. I know that lately, no matter where I am, I feel a little out of place. At school I feel I’m not participating in the learning process. Socially, like when I’m hanging with the kids from school, I feel that there’s a definite distance now, and that’s saying a lot because there’s always been distance between us.