Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
Gallery Books: 5/23/17
eBook review copy; 320 pages
Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan is a romance in a science
fiction setting. I accepted a review copy based on the description, but I
was bitterly disappointed. This is, above all else, a romance, not
science fiction. The universe is unrealistic and the sci-fi elements are
laughable. I powered through to the end hoping it would get better, but
my opinion of the book just kept plummeting with every chapter. This
reads like a YA novel.
The description: "Trapped in the vast void of space, Carys and Max have only ninety
minutes of oxygen left to live. None of this was supposed to happen.
After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with
nothing to hold onto but each other. As they fall, they can’t help but
look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they
couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home
they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose
each other now. While their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered
the chance of salvation - but who will take it?"
Carys and Max are both annoying characters that I could neither relate
to nor muster any sympathy for them. Perhaps if the world building was
better I could have overlooked my annoyance, but the world building was
worse than the actual "star-crossed lovers." For future reference,
please, if you are going to write science fiction... if you are going to
set your novel in space... if you are going to have an asteroid field
circling the Earth, (if... I could go on) please do research. And don't
even get me started on the societal rules that are not logically
explained. The poor world-building was not just found in the science
fiction bits in space.
Now, if you enjoy romance novels, something I avoid, perhaps this novel
will be just fine for you because you can ignore all the parts that I
My review copy was courtesy of Gallery Books.