I read a novel about 10 years ago about a girl who somehow finds herself on the homeworld of aliens. I don't remember how or why she got there.

The aliens used I think sonar since they were blind, and I kinda think they communicated with telepathy too. The girl noted about their strange architecture, with a dull gray palette but very interesting shapes, as a result of their sonar perception.

Towards the end she I think enters either a black hole or a wormhole, to change the speed of time. I don't remember why she did that - all I remember is her watching time speed up faster and faster for the aliens in relation to her, and that she was going there for some sort of goal. There might've been some element of self-sacrifice involved with this - I recall it being done solemnly. I think a few of the aliens might've carried her there, though I'm not sure.

What was this story I read?

  • This TVTropes page mentions a couple of stories where aliens use sonar/echolocation, but none of them fits the girl protagonist thing.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 25, 2021 at 20:40

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Pretty sure you're describing "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. Towards the end of the book the main character gets sent to a planet with blind aliens with telepathy, one of whom she names Aunt Beast, before heading back to face the antagonist "IT". The girl's name is Meg Murray.

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    I'm not sure this is correct. Is there more than one telepathic alien in that book, or just Aunt Beast? The book I read had a small colony of aliens. Also, did the main character spend time in a black hole/wormhole, observing the colony pass time faster and faster than her as she got closer? My book had that I'm pretty sure. I think some aliens might've carried her to the black hole too, though I'm not sure.
    – Drake P
    Jul 25, 2021 at 22:57
  • There were a group of aliens yes, a Wrinkle in Time is part of a 5(?) book series, I've only read the first one so it may be one of the others. There isn't a wormhole so to speak, but rather what they call tessering which serves as a way to teleport Jul 26, 2021 at 5:08
  • Did tessering alter one's perception of time? I remember that being an important part of her going into this black hole/wormhole thing.
    – Drake P
    Jul 26, 2021 at 5:16
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    Ummm... Sort of? That's the best answer I can give... It's more of an altering off perception to tesser rather than tessering causing the alteration. I recommend (assuming you currently have access to them) you get the 5 books from your library or something and skim them to see if any of them are what you're looking for. Jul 26, 2021 at 8:53
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    Hmm, perhaps you have found the right book indeed. The sparknotes for chapter 11 (sparknotes.com/lit/wrinkle/section11) seems pretty familiar in the way it described the aliens. I'm not certain though, so I'll give it a bit before accepting to see if a better match crops up. I'll have to read this book soon, apparently I remember less about it than I thought haha
    – Drake P
    Jul 26, 2021 at 8:59

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