Prepare to immerse yourself in the world of ORION AND THE STARBORN with this themed playlist. The playlist is designed to be listened to in order and is intended to be a teaser before reading, an accompaniment while reading, and give deeper meaning after reading. After you finish reading the ORION AND THE STARBORN, check out the additional playlist notes below that provide greater details and include spoilers from the book!
The first ten tracks are modeled after a traditional soundtrack. These instrumental pieces feature classic space-themed music mixed with modern tracks from movies and video games to take you across galaxies. The final seven tracks add lyrics and continue the science fantasy theme of ORION, transporting the listener on an interstellar adventure.
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"Jupiter" (1) leads off this playlist and sets the tone of action and adventure that characterizes ORION throughout. "Earth to Asgard" (2) transports Orion from Earth to Cypria, a nod to Thor, another science fantasy. Orion learns about who he is and his new (old) home, including the treatment of Solars by Stellars. "Riding the Solar" (3) emphasizes this disparity of justice even as Orion learns his way around the Stellar Academy. As conflict escalates, "Mars, Bringer of War" (4) reminds the listener that challenges are all around Orion. Despite the difficulties, Orion is coming into his own and making good friendships. "Interstellar Rift" (5) specifically highlights Slinging, while "Winding it Up" (6) nods to Orion’s skill at creating with his hands. "Into Eternity" (7) is Orion, Aurora, and Apollo’s journey to the Sibyls, full of mystery and danger, leading directly into "Becoming A Legend" (8), where Orion and his friends fight Gaius for their lives. The rescue by Marius and his revelations to Orion are encapsulated in "23:00 Found" (9). "Flesh and Bone" (10) concludes the story, a reminder that Orion has chosen to return to Earth with his father in order to spend time with his grandmother during the school break.
"Magic" (11) is pulled from A Wrinkle in Time, another science fantasy novel, highlighting the powers that have changed Orion forever. "Spaceman" (12) is reminiscent of Orion’s longing at the beginning of the book. Orion’s search for his father and his relationship with “the watcher” shines brightly in "Talking to the Moon" (13). In "Andromeda" (14) the listener is transported with Orion from the home that he knew to the home where he belongs. "Ends of the Earth" (15) is a love song from Marius to Orion and back again. "Satellite Call" (16) is Orion’s grandmother’s song: a song about loneliness and her hopes for Orion's life. And finally, "Mercury" (17) is Orion’s song: it acknowledges the brokenness of the world, but ultimately leads to the love and belonging that Orion has found after years of yearning.