Thursday, 23 March 2017

Review - Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Title: Hold Back the Stars
Author: Katie Khan
Pages: 308
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Release date: 26th January 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 
We’re going to be fine.’ He looks around, but there’s nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious technicolour to their right.

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?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and NetGalley*

Carys and Max are floating in space with only ninety minutes of air remaining before they die.
As Carys and Max count down the minutes left, they contemplate their home and the rules they broke by loving each other.

Hold Back the Stars was an emotional, unique read.
Carys and Max come from Europia, a utopia in a world where the United States and the Middle East wiped each other out. In Europia people are encouraged to make a name for themselves as individuals while they are young before settling down later to have a family. I thought this was an interesting idea but, obviously, it wouldn't work for everyone.
I liked both Carys and Max. They had very different upbringings and beliefs but they brought the best out in each other. I thought the romance was sweet.
The plot was interesting and went in a direction that I wasn't expecting. I got rather emotional in places.
I enjoyed the writing style, which held my attention and made me want to read on to find out what happened to Carys and Max.

Overall this was an interesting, unique read that I would recommend.