Fans of Les Miserables and sci-fi will love Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell. At just under six-hundred pages, it’s comparable to Les Mis in size, as well as story, and it’s only the first in this new and exciting series.
The story switches back and forth between Marcellus, Allouette, and Chantine – Marius, Cossette, and Eponine respectively for those Les Mis fans out there – as their stories and various backgrounds come together to form a picture of a budding revolution on a planet called Laterre. Laterre is one planet out of many called The System Divine in which descendants from Earth live many generations from now. After living on the planet for over 500 years, people are angry at the ruling class for living so lavishly while they live in poverty and dirt.
Marcellus is the grandson of the general who sits by the king’s right hand side. He has been raised to believe that the class system has always been the way it is for a reason and that it should never change. That is, until he meets Chantine, a third class girl whom he believes is a boy named Theo. He grows attached to “Theo” while she slowly begins to fall for Marcellus. But Chantine has secrets of her own which will change the direction of the revolution to come. Allouette too carries secrets which will change the world they live in. Too bad even she isn’t sure what those secrets are yet. But her father certainly knows, despite his own set of secrets, including the meaning of the number etched into his arm – 24601.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment – a whole year from now! The characters are engaging and interesting, their stories twisting and turning in ways you don’t expect. Readers will be rooting for their favorite characters as well as hoping some other character’s plans fall through. Make sure to clear your schedule, because this one will keep you engrossed for hours at a time. It’s Les Miserables for a new generation!