Saturday, 15 April 2017

REVIEW - The Space Between The Stars by Anne Corlett


Title: The Space Between The Stars

Author: Anne Corlett

Publisher:  Pan MacMillan

Release Date: 1st June 2017

Source: Publisher Advance Copy
The Space between the Stars by Anne Corlett is an enthralling novel of love, the choices we make, and what it means to be human. It's also a dramatic road-trip across the stars, as a woman journeys across a plague-ravaged universe to the place she once called home, and the man she once loved. 

How far would you travel to find your way home? 

Jamie Allenby wakes, alone, and realises her fever has broken. But could everyone she knows be dead? Months earlier, Jamie had left her partner Daniel, mourning the miscarriage of their baby. She’d just had to get away, so took a job on a distant planet. Then the virus hit. Jamie survived as it swept through our far-flung colonies. Now she feels desperate and isolated, until she receives a garbled message from Earth. If someone from her past is still alive – perhaps Daniel – she knows she must find a way to return. 

She meets others seeking Earth, and their ill-matched group will travel across space to achieve their dream. But they’ll clash with survivors intent on repeating humanity’s past mistakes, threatening their precious fresh start. Jamie will also get a second chance at happiness. But can she escape her troubled past, to embrace a hopeful future?

This was one of these books that traps you with a matter of paragraphs, literally a page in to this beautiful sci-fi I knew I was going to love the story that was unfolding before me.  It also reminded me of Firefly and I LOVE Firefly!!

Jamie wakes up alone, she feels like crap but she also feels very much alive which considering the virus which has decimated the population of her known universe is a bittersweet feeling.

Alone on Soltaire, all she wants is to make her way home to Earth and to find her estranged husband Daniel, the man who she left following the loss of their first baby.  The chances of him being alive are slim to none but first she needs to get herself off planet.

Luck comes her way, she meets other survivors and a passing ship picks them up, gradually a mis-matched group of survivors finds itself making its way towards whats left of humanity.  Jamie hopes that she will find her way home, she hopes to find the man she loves (or should that be needs) so much.

Of course the known Universe is now fully in survival of the fittest (and smartest) mode, Jamie comes across the last remnants of humanity trying to cling to life and the life they are leading is not one Jamie wants to be part of.

This is a beautiful read which takes the traditional post-apoc virus and throws it out in to space.  I love a survivor story but to make that survivor stranded on a planet at the back end of the universe plays on your worst nightmare to great effect.

This isn't all doom and gloom, the story takes Jamie and her fellow survivors, all totally different from one another and forces them to live together, it shows us that despite the fact that the odds are very much stacked against them, life always finds away - plus romance fans you'll be happy to know there is a nice hint of romance too.

Thanks to Pan Mac for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 






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10 comments

  1. This sounds unusual and like an enjoyable read. I love books that pull me right in!

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  2. I don't usually read Sci-Fi, but this one sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This sounds like an interesting premise. Haven't heard of this one but post apoc virus and space- yay! I can see trying this one...

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  4. Those books that you know you're going to love from page 1 are the best! This does sound like a unique post-apoc/space mashup. Glad you loved it so much!

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  5. I am glad you could enjoy this read so much. It sounds like the survival element is strong in this one, and the main character really must be feeling different the rest as she doesn't want to live like that. Something we can relate to!

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