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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (26 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857524003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857524003
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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'The new One Day' Stylist Magazine

Katie Khan's debut novel is a bittersweet love story like no other.

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I really loved this book and finished it in two days. It was probably more sci-fi than any other book I have read (not normally my cup of tea) but I really enjoyed this and getting to know their world. It was sometimes a little confusing trying to work out what the writer was referring to in the futuristic world but overall I really enjoyed this whole premise. Definitely worth a read!
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I really really enjoyed this book. The premise is very clever and don't be put off that's a love story. It's much deeper and has a strong political theme, which in our time of upheaval now it's pretty apt.

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.
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Nice book, worth a read. lovely cover, and an interesting idea of the future.
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THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS!
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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.
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I adored this book having read it yesterday on a journey to London - I got to a moment which made me gasp out loud just as my train was pulling into Waterloo and had to put it in my bag until the end of the day but found myself telling everyone I met about it. I've since emailed all of my 'bookish' friends to tell them they HAVE to read this.

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.
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It's a twist in the standard love plot - effectively "Boy meets girl, boy refuses to lose girl."

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.

Highly recommend.
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I finished this months ago, but it's a story that has really stayed with me. (not physically though because I've lent my copy to 4 people so far...)

Hold Back the Stars was the most perfect escape from current Europe-related news, but feels full of exciting Utopian answers (and loads and loads of questions, too). I don't read much sci-fi OR romance - this is somehow sort of both and neither, with a kick of retro-futurism to it too. So much feels familiar and recognisable - the characters as well as their world. Katie's vision of the future feels just close enough to fill me with hope as well as worry... and now I've finished I kinda miss Carys and Max.
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