Saturday, April 1, 2017

Book Review: Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

Publisher: Doubleday
Publishing Date: January 26th 2017
Length: 304 pages
Keywords: space adventure, sci-fi, romance 
Source: Publisher

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. But perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…

Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return. For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?


HOLD BACK THE STARS was among the first books I read this year and if this one book set the course for my reading year I should expect some more glorious reading experiences coming my way. I've read a bunch of brilliant space adventures including THESE BROKEN STARS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and ILLUMINAE and Katie Khan's new book certainly deserves its spot beside those on my list of favourites. For starters, the time limit of 90 minutes makes for an exciting incentive and brings a certain drive to the story.

The love story Katie Khan gifted to her protagonists Carys and Max is bitter sweet yet every little piece is as rewarding as it is heartbreaking. Once the story fully evoles everything is a whirlwind of emotions and you can't but deeply care about them. Carys and Max fit perfectly together with all their imperfections and flaws and on this track we get to explore what it truly means to care for someone in every future possible.

HOLDING BACK THE STARS works perfectly with a very limited cast of characters because it sets an important focus to the story dedicating it truly to the two epic lovers. Flashbacks offer pieces of both of Carys and Max's past alternating with the moments they spend suspended in space. In those flashbacks the reader learns even more about the new exciting and futuristic world building Katie Khan invented for her stunning YA debut.

5/5 ***** HOLD BACK THE STARS - Best emotionally explosive debut to kick off 2017! 

Katie Khan's debut deserves all the (rating) stars in the universe as HOLD BACK THE STARS is a fantastic space adventure with charismatic protagonists and a thrilling race against time in the battle between life, love and death.


1 comment:

  1. This sounds great. And kind of intense. I am glad you enjoyed this one.