February 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month.
Beautifully written, this stunning, unusual debut weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. A love forbidden by the times in which they live and yet one that they’ll risk everything not to lose.
Hold Back the Stars is set in a future where the world has been ravaged by war and a new society introduced. The earth is now peaceful but this comes at a price. There are rules and one of the rules is that you don’t fall in love until you reach the appropriate age. Yet the heart rarely follows rules and when Carys and Max meet its ten years before either should be thinking of settling down. They are young, rebellious and maybe the system no longer works for their generation.
Throughout the novel Carys and Max are desperately trying to find a way to survive after their ship is damaged and they are stranded in space and rapidly running out of both air and options. I loved discovering their relationship as Khan dips in and out of their past moving us towards the moment that brought them to be being in space and the catastrophic situation they find themselves in. It is intense and Khan conjures up the sheer vastness of space and their desperation as they watch the minute’s tick away taking them closer to death. Yes this is a novel about survival but ultimately it is a unique love story about how true love can turn our world upside down and also, maybe it can be the very thing that saves us too. ~ Shelley Fallows
'We're going to be fine.' He looks around, but there's nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious technicolour to their right. Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. But, perhaps this doesn't need to be the end...Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can't help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind - at the rules they couldn't reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return. For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it? Hold Back the Stars is a love story like no other.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'An edge-of-your-seat tale.' Vogue
'Gripping from the very first page Hold Back the Stars is a rare combination of thrilling action, deep emotional depth and intelligent ideas. The most unique love story I've read in years.' -- Rowan Coleman, author of The Memory Book
'Dazzling ... a truly stellar debut, full of wonder and heart. I'm sure it's going to be a mega hit.' -- Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
'A beautiful, moving, truly original tale. I loved this book for taking me by surprise.' -- Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer
'A tense, crisp, edge-of-your-seat love story and a completely unexpected ending, I was gripped from the first line to the last. Hold Back The Stars is out of this world. I loved it.' -- Anna McPartlin, author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
'Beguiling and heartbreaking.' -- Richard Skinner
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||26th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Science Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction, Romance,|
Katie Khan works for a film studio looking after digital marketing for Paramount Pictures in the UK, and is a graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy writing course. Hold Back the Stars is her debut novel.More About Katie Khan