I knew I was going to love this book from the very first moment Jessica Brody said these 4 words to me: “Les Mis… In Space.”
Oh. My. GOD! They did NOT disappoint!!! SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell is a spectacular retelling of one of my favorite stories. I truly loved everything about this book! It was totally on point—from the three powerful voices of their leading players, to the incredibly vivid descriptions and world-building. I was completely enthralled from page one.
Don’t let the long page count intimidate you! I hardly noticed it thanks to excellent pacing. Part 1 takes off as we’re almost immediately thrown into the rumblings of a world primed for revolution. We’re given a few paces to breathe and reflect before we’re thrust into a race to a finale full of twists and turns. You’ve been warned: there’s a KILLER cliffhanger that will leave you desperate to get your hands on the next book in the series!
What really impressed me was the authors’ abilities to craft two very strong and unique female leads—particularly when it came to the character of Alouette (Cosette).
Most Les Miz fans will agree that Cosette tends to be a major throwaway character. She is passive, flat, and one-dimensional. Her sole purpose is to prompt positive action from the two male leads. 🙄 Even Eponine to some degree is primarily driven by her secret love for Marius…
I was 100% ready to HATE Alouette. Particularly since I grew up LOVING Chatine (Eponine) and I even played the role of Eponine. I had to fight some deeply rooted bias as I read this book.
Honestly, I was blown away. They managed to make Alouette a total bad-ass and they finally gave a character I couldn’t have cared less about real depth and dimension. I was surprised to find myself rooting for her by the end of the book! Well. Done.
So, if you’re looking for a compelling new YA Sci-Fi series—then you MUST give SKY WITHOUT STARS a read!
5 BRIGHTLY BURNING SOLS!
Note: I received a complimentary advanced copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
- Hardcover: 582 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (26 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1534410635
- ISBN-13: 978-1534410633
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)