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Hold Back the Stars Hardcover – 26 Jan 2017
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"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)
"A tense fight for survival with an unexpected ending ****" (Sun)
"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)
"Just the ticket if you’re looking to get lost in a breathless love story" (Grazia)
"A unique take on the usual dystopian fiction . . . a worthwhile read which will keep you up past bed time" (SciFi Now)
'The new One Day' Stylist Magazine
Katie Khan's debut novel is a bittersweet love story like no other.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have recommended this book to all my friends and I'm bitterly disappointed there won't be a sequel. I hope the film (there's bound to be one) does it justice. I can't wait to see what Katie writes in her second book. Bravo.
The characters in this book are not perfect, not immediately likeable and give each other a hard time. Yet isn’t that what love is all about? Sticking with each other no matter what, perhaps realising too late that you don’t miss something until it’s gone?
I won’t say more, just read and enjoy. As an aside, Katie is a very approachable author on Twitter, happy to discuss the book and I for one love that authors are so easy to contact these days.
Well done Katie, keep up the good work and I look forward to your next book.
Despite the old adage about book covers and judgment, I’ve admitted more than once that that I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. I was powerless to resist when faced with Hold back the stars. It’s absolutely beautiful. With is hand drawn stars and character silhouette, it perfectly reflects the books content. Some of the stars are picked out in foil so that the stars actually twinkle- total book porn for book magpies like myself.
But even for me, a beautiful cover alone does not a purchase make, the blurb had completely ensnared at high stakes, Sci fi, love story and Hold Back The Stars quickly went from compulsive one click purchase to top of TBR.
While my love for the aesthetics of the book are clear-cut my feelings for the content are a little more complicated. I’m a total sucker for romantic love stories, caught breath, tentative, tension fill touches and impassioned declarations of love totally float my boat. Hold Back the stars is not a romantic love story and my pre conceived notions about the kind of love story I was going to read almost made me quit the story half way though.
Due to the peril the characters find themselves in it is understandable that they would want to look back at the significant events of their relationship and the events that led them to their current predicament. Like in life the significant events are often the more upsetting and unpleasant ones. While I appreciate that this is in keeping with the story and the dramatic device of the looming disaster, as a reader it made connecting with the characters and their relationship harder.Read more ›
The world that Katie has created is incredibly detailed and easy to visualise, she credits this in parts to working in film and thinking visually but I just think the words leap off the page. The social and political commentary running through the book is so clever, particularly with the US and Brexit being in the news at the moment.
I am looking forward to reading more from Katie, and if they make this into a film (it would really work) I hope they can do it justice.
Carys is a far more interesting character than the usual romantic lead. Her enigmatic backstop left me wanting more time with her, growing up with her family, and her first experiences in rotation/previous lovers.
The future world of Europia reminded me of Philip K Dick - cleverly realised with no heavy exposition of how/what/why, just an acceptance that it is.
The scenes in space are particularly thrilling - and also cinematic in their set-up. A movie is surely already in pre-production.
In most love stories, it's only the central relationship that you're left with when you revisit the novel in your mind. With Hold Back The Stars it's their world, their politics, their situation that stays with you and leave you asking deeper questions of yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best science fiction stories – with their future worlds and magical technologies – help us understand the way we live now. The best love stories expand our universe. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dan Dalton
Not a bad attempt at blending a love story with sci-fi, but for me personally this book did neither part especially well. I found Max and Carys, the lovers, a bit annoying. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Barker
I can see all the classic influences in this book such as Gravity, Logan's Run, One Day, Philip R. Dick, Shakespeare etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr D R L Hughes
I'm not sure how I heard about this book - possibly from the Penguin newsletter I can't be sure but there's a lesson to not believe publisher's hype. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cromarty Forth Tyne
Space romance! Gripping, smart, moving, original. Characters you really root for. Superb.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Kunde
fresh, risky, plays in your mind like a film, makes your heart grip - more new writers like this please Mr Amazon.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer