The Blonde Bookworm: Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan -- Review

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan -- Review

Friday, May 19, 2017

Title: Hold Back the Stars 
Author: Katie Khan 
Pages: 320
Publishing: May 23rd 2017 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 1501142933


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.


Hold Back the Stars opens with our two main characters floating through space with only ninety minutes of oxygen remaining. A few pages in and I was totally hooked. The story flashes back and forth between the past and present day and the reader is able to learn more about the characters, their history, and how they ended up floating through space. 

The story line was fast paced, but I found myself getting a little bored with the romance. I was expecting a little more science fiction, but the love story outweighed the world building that I was so looking forward to. It didn't keep me from enjoying the story, but it was definitely romance heavy and that wasn't really what I was expecting. The setting was complex and unique, and I loved how the present day chapters were split up throughout the book to constantly leave the reader wanting more. 

Hold Back the Stars grabbed my attention and sucked me in from the first page to the last. Even though I didn't really love all of the romance, the setting and main plot of the story kept me engaged until the very end. Speaking of the ending, can we talk about how confusing and amazing it was? Totally not what I was expecting, but in a really good way! Hold Back the Stars was a fun and unique read and I would recommend it to friends who enjoy romance novels with a twist! 

*Thank you Gallery Books for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5 


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