Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Ive read: hold back the stars

by Katie Khan

I picked up this book in a mall bookshop in Kota Kinabalu when I was there with my mum. The book I had brought on our trip was coming to an end and I knew I’d have to spend a few hours alone at the airport the next day and needed a back up. I chose this one based on the blurb, I figured it was some kind of YA sci-fi story. Could be entertaining.


Turns out I was kind of right. It’s sci-fi in the way that part of the story - present time - is set in space, and the rest of the story consists of flashback from our two main characters lives on earth. How they met. What decisions they've made that led them to now being in space, dying in 90 minutes if they can’t figure out a way to save themselves. This is a love story more than a sci-fi novel. Carys and Max falls in love in a world - a hundred or so years in the future? - where being 27 and finding “the one” goes against the rules, they are too young (!) to settle down. 


I finished this book in 24 hours. Partly because I had a lot of time to read waiting for my plane home, but also because it was an easy an compelling read. And a beautiful and touching story. Recommended.

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