RELEASE DATE: March 26th 2019
AUTHORS: Jessica Brody , Joanne Rendell
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Adventure .
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
Three strangers, one shared destiny…
When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.
Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…
Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.
Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.
Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.
All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.
Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.
Sky Without Stars is the first installment in a new YA sci-fi series System Divine. I’ve read neither Jessica Brody’s nor Joanne Rendell’s books so I’ve no idea what to expect from these two authors. I’m not familiar with the Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables but I wanted to give this a shot because I’ve heard great things about this book, and add to that it has an intriguing synopsis so I couldn’t resist myself from picking it up. Well, this was mostly a four star read for me because of Chantine and the dystopian setting, but after reading the original story, I’ve finally decided to give it a 3.5 stars.
On the planet of Latierre, the people are divided in to three estates. The first estate are rich class who lives on the hill in their Grand Palais. They’re the supreme who rule the second and third estate. The Second estate are middle class who manages military operations and the third estate are the poor people who barely lives on the scraps. They work daily to earn for their living. While their rich rulers enjoy their luxuries on their Grand Palais, they ignore the starving of the poor people. The story follows three characters Chantine, Marcellus, and Alouette. Chantine is a thief who earns for her living by stealing. On the outside, she disguises herself as a boy named Theo. She’ll do anything to escape her brutal regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet. Marcellus is a son of a traitor and an officer in training. He works hard to prove his loyalty to his grandfather and the regime, but when he comes across his father’s cryptic message his whole world turns upside down. And then his path crosses with a strange girl named Alouette who can read the forbidden old language. Alouette lived twelve years in underground to safe guard the last surviving library. She lived a sheltered life. She was always curious about the outside world and one day, she finally dares to go on the surface which shatters her world and everything she has believed.
This book has three main characters Chantine, Marcellus, and Alouette. My favorite was Chantine. She was pretty tough and quite a morally gray character. She might be a little bit selfish, jealous, and makes some mistakes but that’s what makes her so real. Sometimes I wanted to strangle her myself, but I still can’t help love her. Her struggles are so real and I truly hated her awful parents. I was rooting for her from the start and I admire her strength to not give up. Marcellus is righteous, loyal, and quite gullible. I’m currently not impressed with his character but he’s not too bad either. Alouette’s character seemed dull to me. I found her boring and I can’t connect with her. The insta-love between Marcellus and Alouette was cliched and cringey. I can’t stop rolling my eyes at their scenes. On the other hand, I enjoyed the banters between Chantine and Marcellus. She develops unrequited feelings for him and I was rooting for her! I seriously wasn’t expecting a triangle love story in this book. After finishing the book, I quickly googled the original story and I was left heart broken. I’m not sure that I’ll continue this series because I couldn’t handle that ending and I really hope the authors gives her character an alternative ending because she definitely deserves more than that. From the secondary characters, I liked Chantine’s sister Azelle. I also liked the kid named Roche. He was totally adorable. Marcellous grandfather was a total douche. I found Inspector Limier creepy. He’s a coldblooded cyborg who doesn’t have any emotions and he’s very much loyal to Regime.
The Plot was interesting but nothing extreme happens until the second half. So it was kinda a slow ride. The twists and turns in this book aren’t hard to guess. Although I’m not familiar with the story, I predicted most of them but some really surprised me. The writing was great. The book was written in multiple POV’s(third Person) shifting between Chantine, Marcellus, and Alouette. I enjoyed Chantine’s POV the most and I honestly didn’t cared about the other two. The world building was fantastic. I loved the dystopian world the authors had created. It was very creative and Imaginative. I would love to explore more of this world.
Overall, it was a good read but It wasn’t perfect. I enjoyed this book solely because of Chantine’s character otherwise I would’ve given this a three star. So, Will I continue this series? I really want to, but I’m not sure. It mostly depends on the next book.
Despite issues, For the most part I enjoyed reading it so I would definitely recommend it to everyone because it really was an interesting read. If you aren’t familiar with Les Miserable’s story then don’t do the same mistake that I did like reading the original story. You’ll regret it!