Another day, another review.
Hi guys! Can you believe this weather? I thought it would be start getting warmer now, but it doesn’t seem like that’s happening at all… brrr!
Today I’m reviewing Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan.
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.
I heard a lot of things about this book on twitter before I requested it and I’m so glad I did!
I could not put this book down! I whizzed through the book and did have a little cry at the end – not gonna lie!
The ending was a tad confusing, as it flipped from one point of view to another and changed the ending three times! So do we really know how it ends? Or did the writer do this so we could pick our favourite endings? Hmm?!
The story is lovely and well-thought out, and I kinda love the idea of moving every so often and meeting new places. Much like what I’ve done most of my childhood. The only sad thing is not ‘allowed’ to be in a relationship at a young age – say what?!
I’d highly recommend this book to lovers of a fantasy kinda feel and of course, romance stories, with a twist!
Let me know in the comments below what you thought of Hold back the Stars and, as always, if you haven’t read it, be sure to add it to your TBR!