Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1)
Genre: Retellings, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Synopsis: A thief. An officer. A guardian.
Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .
When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.
Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…
Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.
Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.
Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.
All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.
Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.
This wasn’t what I was expecting!
I knew this was going to be an interesting thrill ride of a science fiction/fantasy variety, but wow…this was really well written and I found myself really liking it – it was so fast paced and full of all kinds of twists, turns, and an amazing story line that I couldn’t put the book down!
First of all, I really, really love the cover for this. It’s so pretty, so science fiction-y, and just stunning to look at. I wanted to read this book based on the cover alone, to be honest. And then I read the synopsis and wanted to read it even more.
I’ve been such a huge fan of Jessica Brody’s novels for a long time now, so when I saw this was coming out I was super excited to pick it up. I haven’t read any books by Joanne Rendell, so she was a new author for me to discover (yay!). I tend to really like books that are written between two authors because they can both combine their unique writing styles to create a one of a kind experience that is fantastic. This is definitely the case with Sky Without Stars! I think both authors offered a unique perspective to the book, making it a one of a kind adventure.
The characters in Sky Without Stars were also amazing – I had so much fun reading their story and really getting to know them. The authors really fleshed out their characters and brought them to life. They had a lot of personality and character development, as well as character growth as the book went on.
This book was so much fun! I absolutely loved it from the very first chapter. I thought it might be slow paced and kind of long and drawn out because the book is almost 600 freaking pages long, so I was a bit…intimidated at first. It really fueled some reader anxiety! However, it was so good, paced just right, and full of all kinds of awesomeness that I really didn’t want it to ever end.
I’m so glad that this is the first book in a series and I can’t wait for the next one! If you enjoy works by either of these authors or are a fan of science fiction, this is such an awesome book! Don’t hesitate to pick it up because of its length, either – the pages fly right by because the book is so amazing!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.
Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @JessicaBrody
Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels and holds a PhD in English literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids and is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, Joanne divides her time between New York City, and New Paltz, New York. Visit Joanne at JoanneRendell.com.
Prize: Win a copy of SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell (US Only)
Stars: 20th March 2019
Ends: 2nd April 2019
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