Hold Back the Stars: A Novel

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Booklist raves, “Taking ‘star-crossed’ to a new level...[and] cinematically styled...Hold Back the Stars is a tale of first love that will appeal to fans of David Nicholls’s One Day and of Jojo Moyes’s romances.”

Love is more powerful than gravity.

“We’re going to be fine.”

He looks around, but there’s nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious Technicolor to their right.

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?
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About the author

Katie Khan is a writer from London and graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy writing course. She also works for a film studio in the United Kingdom. Hold Back the Stars is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Katie_Khan.

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Simon and Schuster
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May 23, 2017
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Una novela extraordinaria que engancha, conmueve y sorprende.

Una historia de amor sin igual.

«-Todo irá bien.
Mira a su alrededor, pero allí no hay nada: a la izquierda, el universo negro e infinito, y a la derecha, la Tierra suspendida en espléndido tecnicolor.»

A Carys y a Max, a la deriva en el espacio, solo les quedan noventa minutos de oxígeno. Sufrieron un accidente y ahora están cayendo al vacío mientras se aferran el uno al otro. No pueden evitar mirar atrás y reconocer que, aunque nunca tuvieron la sensación de encajar en el planeta que han abandonado y donde su amor está prohibido, nada les gustaría más que volver a casa. Dedicarán cada segundo a intentar sobrevivir. Porque han llegado demasiado lejos para perderse.

Pero... ¿qué ocurriría si, en el último momento, uno de los dos tuviera la posibilidad de salvarse?

La crítica rendida a sus pies:
«Una novela para mantenerte en vilo.»

«Original, sorprendente y romántica.»
Woman & Home

«Una brutal historia de supervivencia con un final inesperado.»
The Sun

«¿Listo para llorar?»

«Un debut increíblemente imaginativo.»
Sunday Mirror

«Una historia de amor de las que quitan el aliento.»

«Intrigante y fascinante.»
Sunday Express

«Un cruce entre Gravity y Versiones de nosotros.»

«Una historia sobre el primer amor que gustará a los fans de Siempre el mismo día de David Nicholls y de las novelas románticas de Jojo Moyes.»
Booklist Online

«Te rompe el corazón y luego lo golpea, pero lo hace de la manera más maravillosa posible.»
The Pool

«Una historia única, emocionante y muy bien escrita sobre la complejidad del primer amor que se quedará contigo para siempre.»

Los blogs opinan...
«El género de ciencia ficción y romántico se dan la mano en una historia de supervivencia, recuerdos y amor. Libro ágil, bien escrito y con un final sorprendente.»
Blog Caos literario

«Una novela de ciencia ficción convincente y una reflexión social de las que dan para un largo debate. Y por si esto fuera poco, nos rompe los esquemas hasta la última página. Te aseguro que nada de lo que imagines será ni la mitad de épico de lo que Katie Khan ha plasmado en esta novela.»
Blog Libros y literatura

«La narración es ligera y muy amena. Además de ser un libro corto, se lee en un suspiro. Sin ninguna duda os lo recomiendo, sobre todo por el final, original y emotivo.»
Blog Pasarán las horas

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