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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | December 2017 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
Ninety minutes. A few years from now, not too far in the future, two people meet. It is a classic story of boy meets girl. Except that it's not. When we find them, they have an hour and a half left. After that, there's a chance they won't survive. The clock is ticking. Bittersweet and life-affirming, Hold Back the Stars is the love story of the year.
Closing date: 25/10/2018
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.
The most unique love story I've read in years Rowan Coleman
Prepare to shed tears Heat
Original, surprising and romantic Woman & Home
Breaks your heart, then kicks it a few more times for good measure in the most beautiful way possible The Pool
A high-stakes, high-concept love story from a bold new talent . . . All of the obvious out of this world comments apply. -- Matt Haig, author of The Humans Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us Red
Publication date: 30/11/2017
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||30th November 2017|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Year 2017, 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