Hold Back the Stars, Katie Khan

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The Blurb 

A startling and evocative novel, harkening to both One Day and Gravity, a man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left.

After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the European population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world.

As their relationship plays out, the connections between their time on Earth and their present dilemma in space become clear. When their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? An original and daring exploration of the impact of first love and how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us, this is an unforgettable read.

My Thoughts

Random thought #1: I. freaking. love. the. concept.

Random thought #2: That cover is a thing of beauty.

That book is a such a beautiful one. I love when good SF teaches you about your own world, and this book does just that. 

I loved the story; it was raw, strong and gripping. The clock is ticking for the characters, who are evolving between past and present, and you can’t just abandon them. You have to read from cover to cover. The world-building is top-notch and the characters are very dear to my heart. 

I loved the inclusion of memories, giving the reader an insight on love, trust, and truth. 

It holds a taste of sadness that I couldn’t ignore, and I loved the poetry and beauty of the words. The dialogues are beautiful and I have so many feelings right now! 

It’s a story of two people waiting for death and celebrating memories of life. 

PS: The ending tore my heart from my chest.




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