The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

The Space Between the Stars

Anne Corlett

A fabulous debut novel that is part women's fiction, part science fiction, and an enthralling exploration of love, loss, and what it means to be human.

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When the world ends, where will you go?


In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.

 
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...
 
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.
 
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be...


Advance Galley Reviews

Great story and I can't wait to read another book by the same author. The plot twists just get better and better. It always keeps me guessing.

The book started of strong for me, but I was able to easily see where things were going plot wise and after several twists failed to surprise me I ended up putting down the book and not finishing it. The cover is a real head turner and the descriptions sounds amazing, but in the end I was disappointed.

The premise of this was promising, right at that crossroads for big ideas and human experience. And the human part played out well. I thought the characters were, for the most part, well-developed and real. There were some poignant moments and some achingly true inner thoughts and feelings. The plot is where this story lost ground. It started off strong, but eventually devolved into preaching about a person's right to choose their own life. I don't even disagree with that notion, but the repeated hammering of that got old quick. I thought the big ending of the plot was contrived, but that the epilogue-like afterwards was nice. The writing style throughout, at least, was really well done and beautiful. 3.5/5 stars to this.

Being part of Penguin's First to read program, I was selected to read The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett. Overall, I enjoyed it. I think I would read this again.

I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Truth be told, I guaranteed my copy of this book because I was super intrigued by the synopsis, and I'm glad I did. This book was like dystopian science fiction, which seems redundant because dystopia is a sub-genre of science fiction. I've just never really read a dystopian novel where humans had easy access to spaceships and travel between worlds before. But that's what this is. The worlds (yes, plural) end and the people who survive have to figure out how to go on, but first they have to get back to Earth. At first this story had me really intrigued, but then I started to lose interest. After the initial attention grab, things slowed down a lot for world building. In addition to that, it just felt like it was really dragging for a while with not much actually going on. It wasn't boring, exactly, but it also didn't leave me desperate to keep reading. It just kind of was. I found myself putting this book aside in favor of more actively interesting stories. There were a few things that I started to suspect early on, that while they were never exactly confirmed, the evidence accumulated by the end of the book strongly supports my suspicions. There were a few somewhat minor details that I had wrong, but I mostly had it pegged. These suspicions made me really not like one of the characters, although the character in question wasn't particularly likable to begin with. I felt like Ms. Corlett did a decent job of capturing many of the different characteristics of humanity within her characters. The main cast of the story even made me think of a Stephen King novel like The Stand. It was a strange assortment of people with varied backgrounds. The only thing missing was a telepathic character. Overall I give The Space Between the Stars 4 out of 5 stars.

I loved this one. I will say, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was so excited for this one, and I think I hyped it up too much. But it didn't disappoint. I still ended up loving it, even though it was different than I thought. If you're not into super "sci-fi"-type books, I think you would still like this one. It reads more as literary fiction...just set in space. Characters: Jamie is a mess. She was before, and you can imagine how she was after. And that's not a bad thing. I can't imagine being in this position and I think it was portrayed very well. How you would feel, how you would act, how scary it would be. I also liked all the other characters. This sort of "ragtag" group of people thrown together is one of my favorites to read about when well done, and this one was. We got so many different personalities -- the cold, gruff captain; a special needs teenager; a former priest; an older woman who may be losing her mind, etc. Not everyone gets along with everyone else, and I liked that aspect too. Everyone is going to have different thoughts on the world ending, and I just loved reading about all of them. Setting: I think the world could have been more fleshed out, but it was also fleshed out perfectly enough for the story (if that even makes sense). There wasn't an info-dump, but things were explained as they needed to be, which worked for the story. Plot: While there was a plot (this group trying to get to earth), I also feel that this was more character based. I also feel like this was heavier on the "deep questions" side of the world ending. From social class, to religion, to who deserves to live in this new world. It wasn't so very fast-paced, but it wasn't slow either. So if you couldn't tell, I loved this one. The characters, the world, the overall feel and mood of this story. (If you loved Station Eleven, I think you would also love this one.)

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett was a book I happened to see when it was up for review, and decided to go ahead and get it while I had the chance because it seemed interesting. Honestly, The Space Between the Stars is a book I feel mixed about. I don’t know if I like this book or not. It’s hard to say because there were things I liked about the story and others that I disliked entirely—with extremes in both the latter and former categories. In my opinion, the beginning was the best part. It started with the main character waking up after coming down with a virus that had a low survivability rate. Right there, that’s where the story got its start, when the novels goal was set up, and the main character, Jamie Allenby, was introduced. I liked that Corlett made the decision to tell the story from the point of view of a survivor of this virus, and chose to show what immediately came after beating-the-odds. Actually, I liked Jamie’s narrative in the beginning. Her voice was strong and her experience was both emotionally raw and compelling. In her situation, I could understand her reaction and her desire to seek out familiar places and people. Jamie was a character I could get behind. However, the direction the story partially took later on didn’t end up being my kind of thing. I kept reading because I wanted to know what the end would bring for Jamie and the people around her. While the beginning was awesome, my problem stemmed from the middle section of the book. It focused on the travels of the characters and how they interacted with one another. Some of the places they visited just made me stop and wonder why it was necessary since it was quickly forgotten. Sure, near the last couple of chapters, I had to go back and reread certain bits of dialogue, but it was worth it because the details ended up making a whole lot of sense. So, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the middle of the book, but the things that I liked about the beginning of the book came back at the end. Things I didn’t think would get resolved did, and I was pretty happy about that. Disclaimer: This copy of the book was provided by First to Read (Publisher) for this review, thank you!

This genre is not one that I read quite often. I decided to give it a chance, and I'm glad I did. It has a great plot, and it tells a thoughtful tale of heartbreak and loss. I only wish there was a little bit more world-building. Because this was a futuristic view of Earth, so much could have been done with that, which was missing. However, I highly enjoyed the story overall. It really puts survival into perspective, and gives it a meaning. The main character, Jamie, struggles with a lot and faces many challenges. I applaud her for being so brave and strong. She is a really resilient person. The ending was great. I am really glad I decided to give this book a go.

This is a saga of Jamie, the veterinarian, who wakes up on an earth satellite, ravaged by an illness to find herself alone (it seems). The rest of the population are supposedly dead. The trek begins as she finds other isolated survivors of the killer virus on her quest to return to earth. She and the others face demons from their pasts along the way. I would recommend this as a YA novel. My thanks to the author and the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy.

I thought I would really love this book based on the synopsis, but I have to say it was just okay for me. It's billed as a Sci-Fi, but there was very little Sci-Fi; which is fine. I was just expecting a little more. The flow of the book was a bit slow for my liking. I know there is an audience for this book, but I don't think I'm a part of that audience.

I really loved this dreamy, elegant book. Is it a hard-hitting space opera in the lines of, say, Dune? Nope, not even close. But is it an introspective book about human strength? Yes, absolutely. Die-hard sci-fi fans won't like it since it's only marginally that, but I think fans of the cerebral bildungsroman will love it.

I found this a little slow. I wanted it to be more captivating, but it was more of an "introspective" space book.

"Frightened people aren't thinking straight." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. I'll be honest with this one - after a cross country move I got a bit behind about updating what books I read when and while that has nothing to do with this book I will say I finished it a little over a month ago and I don't remember being amazed by it or much beyond the general premise and how dramatic some of the characters seemed at times. I think part of it is I was expecting a different kind of story - this isn't a apocalyptic or survival story. This is in essence a love story and a story that's very much driven by the main characters personal growth. The way the story was written made it seem like the virus was a secondary story and Jaime's internal struggles with the world is really the drama that moves this story. I actually found myself more intrigued by the small struggles and injustices that Jaime faced than the overall story. It's certainly not the worst book I've read this year, but if you're looking for a sci-fi story or something about surviving in space this probably isn't the book for you.

I like to think I’m a big science fiction fan but I tend to favor what’s probably better considered to be light science fiction. The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett is precisely the kind of light science fiction that I love. While it delves into the science and philosophy of a potential future for human kind—and how we might easily become almost entirely wiped out as a species—the real focus of the novel is the emotional side, the personal side, the human side that remains and endeavors to survive against all odds. Jamie, like the entire human population scattered across the inhabited planets, has been at the mercy of a devastating virus that spreads quickly and leaves nothing but dust in its wake… except for those zero point zero zero zero zero one percent who somehow manage to survive and recover. The planet where she’s been living and working for a few months to hide from some personal (relationship) troubles is on the outskirts though and didn’t have a large population to begin with. Jamie’s panic lasts a few days as she makes her way to a port town and tries to send a signal to see if there are any other survivors out there. She doesn’t have to wait long and soon she has joined several others on their way to the capital planets and eventually back to Earth itself. But as survivors gather in larger and larger numbers, the underlying issues of the society that’s been wiped out prove to have survived the virus along with them. So much of the novel is based around Jamie’s personal story, both her life before the virus and trying to piece together her present in the wake of the virus’ destruction. While that personal story is compelling on its own, the ethical issues surrounding the survivors and the possibilities they all see for the future are what I found most engaging in The Space Between the Stars. The flaws and injustices of the human order that sent people out to live among the stars in the first place are stronger and more persistent than Jamie realized. The question of choice permeates the text and shows that even those who purport to believe in people’s inherent right to choose the life they want to live can be complicated when it comes to supporting others’ decisions. Who decides if and when “the greater good” supersedes others’ rights and freedoms? What about those who choose to be subservient to those around them? Do obligations to a hypothetical future generation outweigh the rights of a living generation? Can there even be obligations to a hypothetical future generation since it doesn’t exist yet? Most of the relationships that develop—or that we see and hear glimpses of, either through Jamie’s memories or the related tales of others—thrive or falter around the roles of faith, trust, and love. Jamie can’t help but wonder and maybe hope that her boyfriend, Daniel, survived too though she knows they had personal issues threatening their relationship even before the virus struck. Among other survivors are some who’ve known each other longer than Jamie realizes and new acquaintances who quickly become family now that so many of them are all alone—even several of them prove challenging to get along with for any length of time. Though we’re (hopefully) a ways away from the horrifying circumstances that provide the basis for Anne Corlett’s The Space Between the Stars, the themes and questions addressed in the novel can and should be explored in the present. The Space Between the Stars will be available for purchase on June 13, 2017.

Sci-fi meets post-apocalyptic young adult romance, The Space Between the Stars has all the elements of an enjoyable read. Anne Corlett has a delicious writing style that is innovative and truly draws the reader along. Primarily a character exploration, I found the plot to be engaging, and I would enjoy the opportunity to continue getting to know further in future novels. A terrific opening for a new author, that never took the easy way out and followed through on a complete story. I will look for future titles!

The Space Between the Stars was an enjoyable read for me. It was more character driven than I expected and the science fiction part more of a construct and outline to set the story and drive the plot rather than the focus of the story. The focus of the story for me was the characters and their relationships and how people relate to each other and address issues of faith and class differences in the new world order, some wanting to cling to the old and maintain their positions, some wanted a new way, and some wanting an exterior force, God, to provide meaning and context to the 'end of the world'. Some of the philosophizing was quite interesting and provoked me to think a little broader about the world we live in. Not a spectacular novel but a good read, interesting characters, good writing and some things to think about. This is a novel I could broadly recommend to all types of readers.

It was good, but not great. It reminded me of another book I read recently, which was billed as science fiction without much science fiction. Heavy character development, more about the people themselves than the situation they are in, but it just didn't grab me.

I ended up giving up on this book about 40 pages in; it just didn't grab me.

The Space Between Stars is an amazing book that is about the end of the world, even when its not. (Which I know is a confusing sentence, but you’ll just have to take a leap of faith with me on this one). It is a story that explores religion, the very nature of belief, and agency. However, it is also a novel about a group of survivors searching for meaning, about a woman in need of some self-discovery, and a society given a fresh chance. My first impression of this book began before I even read the first page. The fantastic writing begins with the acknowledgements. Corlett is funny, clever, and remarkably wise all at the same time. There are moments in the book that are so beautifully written and that make you stop reading midsentence. Trust in Corlett. There were moments I was confused about the journey, but all is revealed in an exceedingly surprising and satisfying way. The plot may twist and turn and the ending was unexpected, and extremely startling, but the story will take you on Jamie’s journey of relationships, redemption, and limitations. Speaking of Jamie’s journey, Jamie’s character is flawed and at times, turbulent. Her mind changes and Corlett resists the temptation to provide us easy answers. However, Jamie works through these issues, the hard, and even long way, analyzing her own privilege, her relationship, and herself. Her narration includes just the right balance between description, memories, and her observations of the present. Her own personal history as well is fascinating and entirely complex, unraveling the various details of her life, for example her relationship with Daniel. All of these side characters are grounded by an interesting society and history. The society within the novel unfolds slowly, but the end result is something that, even now, is half revealed, but complex. A whole book alone on the unfolding events that led to today could be written. It touches upon issues of class, the dangers of extremes, and power dynamics. The little ways that the characters reveal their own place in society, as well as their experiences, is expertly crafted to show us, rather than tell us. One of the wondrous things about The Space Between Stars is the way the actual story morphs as you go on; changing from a story centering around a search for love, to one of self-discovery, to another of the fate of the world. At its core though, is a story of survival and self-discovery. It is also a story about the necessity of community, the importance of agency, and the ways history can repeat itself. We are asked, facing our own demise, who we are, at our cores, and who we want to be, given the chance to begin anew.

I loved this book! I could barely put it down. The premise began with an almost 'Firefly' off world environment mixed with a post-apocalyptic, life altering epidemic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys character laden sci-fi novels.

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett was an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic story. After a virus nearly wipes out the human race on Earth and distant colonies in space, Jamie Allenby is suddenly gripped with the need to find other survivors and the person she has been running from. Finding other survivors, she makes her way back to Earth and tries to find out what she wants along the way. Overall, I really enjoyed this story although it ended up being a little different than what the synopsis had led me believe. Little bit of dystopia, dash of romance and a sprinkling of crazy made me turn the pages.

I downloaded this book as soon as I received the link to it but when I went to read it, it wouldn't load on my device. I thought that once I downloaded it, the book would be on my device but now I realize that once the download period expires, even if you've already downloaded the book, the download is gone. I had five weeks until the book was published so I thought I had plenty of time but unfortunately, I will be unable to read this much anticipated by me book nor can I write a review. I always try to post reviews closer to the review date. I will be much more careful in the future. I don't care about the points spent on guaranteeing a copy of this book; I'm just very disappointed that I won't be able to read it.

I struggled with this book. I thought it would be more interesting because I love science fiction and women's fiction. It started off interesting, but quickly turned more philosophical and felt more religious. I ended up getting bored and reading something else. I might eventually get back to this book, because I wanted to know if Jamie found her ex-husband and how many survivors there ended up being. I felt like it was a good book, just not what I was expecting or what I felt like reading at the moment.

I really liked the summary of this book and the cover. The story sounded really interesting. I started to read it and I was intrigued. She wakes up and doesn't understand why she isn't dead from the plague that has apparently ravaged through the galaxy. She tentatively begins looking around, listening for other signs of life, and finally summons enough energy to check outside. If the story had kept going in this vein I would've read it straight through, but unfortunately it didn't. Her past life and how she ended up on the planet are illustrated through a series of flashbacks. Ok, I liked that, but there is a point where enough is enough. She left her boyfriend to come work in her specialty on "solitaire" the name of the planet she is on. She wonders if he is still alive, if she made a mistake in leaving, if she truly loved him as he did her. Sounds legitimate right. The author doesn't stop there; she is estranged from her step-mother and sisters, her father is dead, her real mother is an alcoholic, the main character also apparently battles alcoholism herself. But that's not all, she had a miscarriage and was unable to talk about it with her man, causing distance in the relationship. And the real icing on the cake is that she was born with a conjoined twin who had to be killed in order for her to live. Don't think that I'm spoiling any of this book for you; all of this is revealed in the first 25 pages. Like the author threw everything in but the kitchen sink. At this point I didn't want to keep reading. Maybe if I had it would've gotten better. I was disappointed because the synopsis made it seem like it ad so much potential. I'm just not a big fan of sob stories in place of character development. I don't want to share this review.

Jamie has run to the edges of human civilization to find the space to work through a relationship she is no longer sure she wants. When a plague sweeps through all the stars inhabited by humanity, her ability to stay apart from others turns out to be the secret of survival. After recovering, she discovers that she is alone and sets out to find the other remnants of humanity. The story is very different to a lot of other dystopian science fiction. It is set against the back drop of a humanity that has spread out through the stars, yet the basic technology is not very advanced and in many way resembles current life in the first world but draped across a larger space. Initially this bothered me and this could put off many hard science fiction fans. Yet what kept me going is Jamie's internal turbulence and the intimacy of the relationships with the faintest hint of deep philosophy hanging at the edges. The idea that those who prefer to be solitary would survive sets a stage of very different characters. They are drawn together by the catastrophe but you feel the sense all the time that they could easily unravel. In some ways, the initial cast feels reminiscent of the Firefly crew - I'm not sure if this is deliberate but it would be a nice homage if it was given the themes of the novel. The novel touches on so many fundamental questions, but is never heavy handed. A key theme that Jamie struggles with is what it means to let each go their own way when so few are left. She wrestles with her own need to withdraw from those around her and yet to connect. At a larger level the dangers of over-population are depicted on many levels both in the novel's history and its current apocalypse. The society has become deeply stratified with your status inscribed on your hand and an intelligentsia that always seem to want to make other people's decisions for them. This is not a high action dystopian story. Neither is it a high concept story. It is an intimate novel against a galaxy-wide backdrop that grapples with deep questions of human freedom at a relentlessly personal level. It is slow and exquisite and deeply satisfying.

I loved this book! From the very start I connected with the characters and continued to do so throughout the whole book. While the plot is everything you picture a dystopian novel to be, it wasn't the plot that drew me in the most - it was the characters. I cannot get over how well portrayed the characters were. I will definitely be reading more from Anne Corlett in the future.

The Space Between Stars is a wonderful sci-fi twist on the pandemic apocalypse motif. Both beautifully written and captivating, Anne Corlett managed to capture the tenacity of human hope. The ending left a lot of questions unanswered and the story overall could have included more sci-fi elements. All in all, it was enjoyable to read,

This was not for me. The story itself is okay but I did not connect with any of the characters. I wanted to like this story but I just didn't.

There are parts of this book that I really liked - some of the secondary characters, especially Mila, are among my favorites I've read this year. I wasn't expecting all the religious questioning and other philosophical questions that make up a large part of the novel. Some of the philosophical questioning was really well done, and other parts seemed contrived to me. I would read this book again, though. I think I'd get something different out of it the next time through, since I already know the ending.

The Space between the Stars by Anne Corlett I got this novel from Penguin’s First-to-Read initiative. It is a debut novel and is classified as feminist sci-fi, which sounded like a fascinating genre to me. The novel follows Jamie Allenby, who is living on a distant outer planet named Soltaire. She wakes up realising her fever has lifted – the fever that was caused by the virus that she had almost no chance of surviving. In fact, some stats even guessed that the chances of survival were less than 0.0001%. All around Jamie is silent and still. She very much believes that she is the only one on the entire planet of Soltaire to have survived. After three days alone, Jamie finds two other people. Shortly thereafter they make contact with a spaceship, whose crew agrees to give them a ride to a ‘capital planet’ named Alegria. On the way there they stop off at a few other planets and have some interesting encounters. This story follows the survivors and their differing—and sometimes directly contradictory—intentions as they try to make their way in an empty universe. I thought that this book was extremely well written and the first half of it really did not feel like a debut novel to me. It felt like a seasoned writer with vast experience had written it. However, the second half of the book disappointed me. There was so much that the author could do – literally most of the universe had been killed off and the whole world was effectively starting from zero. What she chose to do was, in my opinion, somewhat of a let-down. I also felt that she could have delved deeper into the struggle of how to ‘restart’ the world – which actions to avoid and which to repeat. Having said the above, I think that the some of the characters had good depth and were well-constructed. Others not so much and I was left wanting. There was a lot of build-up created in the story, but the outcome was anticlimactic. I think this book is worth a read if you are trying to write your own debut novel but, to be honest, I wouldn’t rave about it. If you like this post, please follow my pages on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads. Happy reading! The Paperback Reader©

Overall, I found this to be a very good book. The idea of a super virus decimating the human population is not new and seems to be a recurring theme in recent dystopian novels. However, instead of creating a harsh new world in which the remnants of the human race revert back to a primitive, violent state, she gives us something more tangible and optimistic. Her characters are "human" - not all good and not all bad. They're just trying to find a way to rebuild their lives in a completely changed world, and different people have different coping mechanisms. Some are frightened to be alone and immediately seek out other survivors. Some prefer solitude and refuse offers to join a group. Some find comfort in the social structure and refinements of a previous era. The Space Between the Stars isn't a novel about destruction - it's about recreating and reforming a new world.

A sparkling story, observing what could happen to the human race if a virus was not just unleashed in earth's orbit, but sent into the space between the stars, where mankind continues to reach, and Beyond! This was an entrancing science fiction, dystopianot novel, capturing me and infecting me intrigued as well as a vivid curiosity about what would happen to the central character, Jamie, as she awakes from her bout of illness to find herself almost entirely alone on a settled space community. EXCELLANT imagery, fluid descriptions of scenes, and great captivating characterization await anyone who dares to read this Book! I loved it's timely questions about earth's existence, alongside of each person's own questions about their lives, and the ultimate Answers! No Spoilers! Hands down a 5 ? Novel! Get blasted out of lethargy and read this one right away!!

The Space Between the Stars, by Anne Corlett, is the calmest, most down-to-earth, maybe the most reasonably possible dystopian novel I have ever read. A calamitous plague has killed almost everybody on several planets, but a small group of survivors band together and face their new lives. I know - so what's new? It's this: the story doesn't dissolve onto a series of bang-bang shoot-em-ups or dreadful encounters with plagued zombies or violent earthquakes, spewing volcanoes, and planet-shattering meteors. Rather, the story concentrates on how the inner character of each of the members of the small band shapes each of their experiences and their objectives, and how each person affects the others. Through this prism, we see the world as viewed by a captain (Callan) of a trade clipper space ship; his chief engineer (Gracie); a veterinarian (Jamie), the protagonist; a wandering preacher of no particular denomination (Lowry); a scientist who is a 'believer' (Rena) and who talks frequently about the voice of God coming from the space between the stars; and a mentally disabled young man (Finn). Throughout the story I felt a very strong parallel with the crew of Serenity in the television show Firefly. That show, too, had a captain of a trading space ship, an engineer, an itinerant preacher, and an unbalanced young (psychic) adult, as well as some others. The show's director, Josh Whedon, even pitched it as "...nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things." ("Firefly series ready for liftoff", http://jam.canoe.com/Television/TV_Shows/F/Firefly/2002/07/22/734323.html). That's not to say that the story disregards the standard memes - there are people who are vying for power and there is some shooting and dying, but the story is more a meditation on aloneness and connectedness, on what would it be like if you threw an apocalypse and everybody didn't die and the ensuing conditions were quite amenable? What then? The story provides some insight on what sort of factors might cause an apocalyptic event and what sort might help survive it. The Space Between the Stars is a thought-provoking novel which is more about the true nature of humans and less about the dystopia. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. (4 stars)

This book was an interesting and beautiful read. It took the apocalyptic storyline and turned it on it's head. This book chose to explore the relationships and personal development of characters struggling to find their new place in a new world instead? of the more common survival of the end-to-end event. This story had some profound moments. Very enjoyable read.

Amazing book!

Hands down this was an AMAZING read! The Space Between the Stars deals with how continuous loss plagues lives and how powerful the past can really be. This novel also touches on how faith, or the lack of, can control one's outlook on every aspect of life, for better or for worse. I would recommend this book to anyone. You will not be disappointed! This one definitely sent me on an emotional rollercoaster.

I found The Space Between the Stars to be an enjoyable and quick read. I do agree with the other reviewers that the story is "light" on the science fiction and heavier on the philosophical debate on what home means to an individual.

2/5 This book was an entertaining enough read, but fell short of my expectations. The description made it sound like an apocalypse meets sci fi novel, when in reality it was more of a mildly philosophical, self-searching story of a relatively flat character. The right building blocks were in place for a good story, but the way that they fit together was awkward and often snapped me out of the story. For instance- any time that Jamie needed to reconcile with a character, they were magically alive and somehow immediately accessible despite the odds of survival being so low. The book required too many leaps of faith that I, as a reader, was just not prepared to take. Overall, two stars for the philosophy and the interesting concept.

If you are looking for a sci-fi heavy novel, then this one is not for you. This novel turned out to be a lot more philosophical as the physical journey the survivors take gives way to their inner journey. It was a novel that had enough suspense to keep you going, and didn't drag you down with too many words. It never tried to impose any ideas on you, and allowed the reader to come to their own conclusions about each of the characters. I quite enjoyed the writing style and the revelations of the different characters. However, the main character was hard for me to empathize with. She was constantly whining, and rarely helpful. She became an irritating character who didn't really do much to redeem herself. Overall, this novel is a very nicely written philosophical novel that takes place in a dystopian universe. However, the main character is hard to connect with at times, and the novel doesn't have a heavy sci-fi connection (even though that is what it was portrayed to be). For all these reasons, I would give this novel a 3/5 stars.

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? Anne Corlett is a writer from the northeast, who slid down the map and now lives near Bath. She's been published in various magazines and her short fiction has won several awards, but The Space Between the Stars is her first novel, and it's an impressively strong debut. Telling the story of one woman who wakes from an illness to discover that not only her world, but the entire galaxy has been changed by a virus, she embarks on a journey that takes her across the stars, but also a journey that takes her deep into the secrets and issues that she's tried to leave behind her – and it makes for a riveting read. This is Science Fiction – a large part of the book taking place on alien planets and in the vastness of space. However, Corlett doesn't allow the book to become weighed down by going into too much detail when it comes to exploring this aspect of things, instead keeping a steady aim on Jamie's character and those she meets along the way. Science Fiction often includes grand, far-reaching ideas, and Corlett has no issue touching upon some very interesting points, but does so by using her characters as a lens through which to focus these ideas, meaning that, not only are the ideas and issues raised here conveyed well, but they also form part of a plot which is involving, intimate, and often rather gripping. Jamie was a character I took a while to warm to, but I think that's a reflection of quite how well she's been brought to life – no everywoman, she's real, damaged, and the emotional change she goes through over the course of the book makes for fascinating reading, and forms the main emotional pull of the plot. Any science fiction book with a strong female lead will always gain extra brownie points from me too, as they still aren't quite as common as they should be. I initially found the book a little bit of a struggle to get into, but am hugely glad I persevered, as this is a read that rewards the reader with real characters, strong emotional beats, and a fantastic journey across the stars. Many thanks to the publishers for the copy.

This was a perfectly enjoyable novel that did not surprise me at any point during the narrative. It is not an overly heavy book nor is it really a SciFi book. Yes it is futuristic and set in space but it is more philosophical. The cast of characters vary widely and are all deeply flawed. I would recommend this for an enjoyable read but not as a must read.

If you are looking for a novel heavy in science fiction and space terminology, then this is not the book for you. If you ARE looking for deep conversations about philosophy and theology couched in a novel about a woman who has never quite fit where she was told that she should, then please do yourself a favor and read this book. The detail in setting and word choice is often beautiful, though the characters themselves are sometimes lacking in complexity. This is NOT the next Dune, nor is it totally without value. It is a very human story with a protagonist that will speak to many readers.

For the most part, I enjoyed this novel. It's science fiction in the sense that parts take place in space (though there's not much world building to differentiate planets from one another, even by language), there is some technology beyond our own, and a mysterious illness has wiped out most of the human race. Our heroine Jamie meets up with other survivors and resolves to set course for Earth, where she has agreed to meet her (ex-) lover in the event of any catastrophic event. I thought Corlett developed some very interesting characters, though there were elements of the novel that just didn't click for me. The romance aspect felt forced and unnecessary, the ultimate ending was predictable, and I didn't get why Jamie had to be a conjoined twin. That plot point was brought up once and seemed to never come back. As a twin (albeit fraternal), I was found it kind of annoying. Ultimately I would have enjoyed a harder science fiction take or more romance to justify writing those relationships into the novel.

I enjoyed the world (or worlds) the author created in this book. The story was easy to get through with a good mix of suspense and character development. I enjoyed the concept of a future human society with some sci-fi elements but this book really didn't seem hokey and the world the author created felt like it could actually exist. I initially found the protagonist to be moody and unnecessarily paranoid and had a hard time rooting for her. As the story continued and we learned more about her, that changed a bit, but I still found her to be one of the characters with the most annoying traits. The other characters were developed well and I could easily envision the relationships between each of them. Overall, I found this book enjoyable and easy to read and would recommend it to other readers.

I really loved this book. As I read it - I could envision the world Anne built up. I can't imagine waking up after a horrible illness to find everyone just gone, and that eeriness and panic of being alone. I loved that the characters - as they came together were so different and not people that would normally be friends....but they had to stick together for survival and have each others backs. I loved how the relationships developed. I never could figure out the age differences of the pilot and of Finn from the main character, Jamie. This story though kept me engaged the whole say and the end left me feeling really good and positive. I wish Finn would've been mentioned in that last little blurb she made and not sure what the point was about the name in the sand at the end..... I would love to see this book as a movie. Thank you, Penguin, for letting me read an early release of this book for an honest review. I will be recommending this one for sure!

My disappointment in this book is probably my own fault. I didn't pay close enough attention to the blurb. This is not post apocalyptic science-fiction, although it is set in outer space. A virus has cut down the overpopulation by killing almost all humans on earth and the settlements in space. The people are reduced to piles of grey ash. Jamie is one of the few survivors but she very quickly meets up with a few other survivors. You'd think this situation would provide interesting challenges, but in this book all Jamie does is obsess over her miscarriage and her former lover. At least that is all she did as far as I got in this book. All of this could have happened on a farm in Kansas. Outer space is an afterthought in this book. The author is not interested in the details like what fuel runs the spacecraft in which the survivors are traveling. She is interested, however, in philosophical questions like who should be saved and how the world will be reshaped. The questions may eventually have amounted to something interesting but I just didn't have the patience to find out. This is not what I was expecting, and I was so very bored that I gave up after trying to read this book for several weeks. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

The premise for this novel is amazing. A civilization stretched out across space, a deadly virus that obliterates most the populate, and a handful of survivors trying to make it back to Earth. I have to somewhat agree with some other reviewers who say the execution does not live up to such a promising set-up. I did enjoy this though. I thought the characters a little flat but I loved reading about different ways people deal with the end of the world. Overall, I enjoyed this book but had higher hopes.

I could only get to page 21. Too much going on and just could not get into the book.

This book opens with a strong first chapter and keeps up the momentum right to the end. The author deftly sets up the main character's back story without any clunky exposition and slowly builds on the details as the main story progresses. The characters are engaging and well defined. I finished reading in less than 24 hours, mostly because I had a very hard time setting it aside to do other things. Beautifully written. Summing up the book overall, I would call this sci fi with a literary sensibility.

This novel was nothing what I expected, and yet it is now stuck in my mind like an idea that just won't go away. It's one of those books that's so breathtaking, so gorgeous, it becomes unforgettable. Fair warning, scifi fans: this is not hard scifi, this is not a space opera: it is something different, something more. The virus hits, and humanity as we know it is gone. Less than a dozen or so survivors per planet. The virus has consumed so entirely that the dead are nothing but dust in sunbeams. Jamie is one of the survivors, seemingly alone on a frontier planet, so she finds hope by clinging to one idea: she needs to find her ex-husband on Earth, as they promised they would do so long ago. She's not alone: soon, she finds a religious man with a troubled past; a woman slowly losing her mind; a pilot with a cold exterior, and his engineer; a young prostitute, and a mentally challenged boy. Strays. Stragglers. Survivors. Together, they decide to head to Earth. The surprising thing about this novel is just how... calm it is. Not so say that the plot isn't gripping, it's just that you can almost feel the voices snuffed out. The author juxtaposes small, personal loses (or quite large ones) with the wide scale loss of your entire species. Jamie's loss of her siamese twin, then unborn child, then the crumbling of her relationship with Daniel are poignant pains that are still valid in front of the collapse of mankind. It's really a book about philosophies, and personal beliefs around hope and religion. Some turn towards a god in this apocalypse; others turn away. And some try to take god's place. Although some might try to take control, believing they know best, the truth is, all in all, there is no right answer to dealing with loss and grief. There's no one sobbing in the street and mourning the dead - since this is a massive, collective loss, the hundred or so left might remain in shock forever. I found that the plot was predictable, BUT, it was the philosophies that kept me hooked. Yes, the 'twist' at the end (or big reveal) is evident from about half way through, but I didn't mind that since the rest of the book was so beautiful. It was very odd that out of the survivors (A little over a hundred out of the billions the human race used to be made up of) the protagonist knew or was related to two of them. The coincidences did feel heavy handed. The novel really did manage to speak about today, about how our fear of 'others' can destroy us all. We hear bits and pieces about the forced emigration when Earth became over crowded; about the protest ships; about the echelons that make up our future society, where our fingers are branded with our class. I would have loved to know more about that, even if that world is now gone. For fans of Station Eleven and Firefly, this seems to be the perfect combination of 'ragtag space team' and the burden of loss and survival. It's an exploration of grief and hope, and, above all, belief. It's an exploration of our humanity, what it means to be human when humankind is lost. And it's gorgeous.

A beautifully written book set in a carefully built post-apocalyptic world with a fascinating protagonist. The deliberate pace helps flesh out the setting and lets the reader get to know the characters. This was a really lovely read. I especially appreciated how deeply I got into the read; whenever I had to stop reading, I felt like I was surfacing from a dream. I had to shake myself and come back to the real world.

I loved this take on a post-apocalyptic world. There was a very interesting counterpoint between privileged and not, even after the devastation. I did feel as if the book started slowly, but that allowed time to really get to know the characters, and feel a bit of what it might have been like to be all alone in the world.

I really enjoyed this story! It was a refreshing twist on the end of the world theme that is so popular right now. I thought the characters were very well developed and the imagery was brilliant. This was a book that really took me away. I did find it strange that in the beginning of the book none of the characters cursed and then all of a sudden they started swearing. It felt strange and out of place. I didn't really think it was needed. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!

At first I wasn't sure what to make of this book. It has a really slow build at the beginning but then I realised this was the author building her world. And it's a really deserted world for a start. Jamie I found wasn't that sympathetic a heroine, she is far from perfect but in a world that's not perfect, she ended up being the perfect protagonist and by the end I was really rooting for her and the new life she managed to carve out in the 'new' world that was left behind. A fascinating read.

I loved this. Beautifully written, insightful, perfectly captures the nuances of complex human emotions and relationships. I felt like I had a solid sense of all of the characters just from their brief but thorough descriptions. I couldn't put this down. The conversations about religion felt a bit heavy-handed at times but it all made sense in the end. Loved the dialogue and the conversations about the meaning of live and love amid uncertain circumstances. Well done.

Amazingly well written, this book captures your attention from start to finish. The virus/apocalypse idea has obviously been done before but this novel adds its own perspective to the idea and is much more well done than any other I have read in the genre.

A well written story and one with a fairly convincing plot. These are things I look for in reading-for-entertainment and find all too rarely. Having said that, I find myself wondering why I found it as entertaining as I did.

Great book! I got a little nervous at the beginning that it was going to be just another cheesy post apolcalytic, but it was so much more. So engaging and well thought out. The story kept me interested throughout. Fantastic characters and the writing was wonderful. Just outstanding.

I was surprised how compelling and hard to put down this book was for me. The last couple of books I've read have been very slow to get the action going, but this one starts right from the start with pulling me in and making it hard for me to get anything else done. It has some features that remind me of the tv show Last Man on Earth or the movie The Martian, but it's really not like either of those. A virus has wiped out most of Earth's inhabitants as well as the colonies on the other worlds. Jamie, our heroine, was taking a timeout from her relationship on Earth, but now wants to just be home.

The Space Between The Stars digs deep into what it means to be human. This book was not at all what I expected. This book makes you wonder what you would do if you were in their situation. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I really enjoyed it. I liked that the characters had a lot of depth to them. There were some things in this story that really surprised me. I didn't really care for the main character, Jamie, which sometimes helps in books. She was a good character, and she had a lot going on with her. The characters worked well together and made a good group. I enjoyed continuing to read and find out about their individual stories as well as what happened to them collectively. I would recommend this book.

I really enjoyed this book. The worlds were described well and the characters were developed at a good pace. The little twists here and there even well timed and added to the story and didn't create confusion. Overall, of recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of everything!!

A dystopian romance with an interesting premise, what if you are one of a very few human survivors of a virus in the universe, how do you find others? Unfortunately, that is answered almost instantly and the book becomes a science fiction mystery that is not thrilling enough. We know the answer far too quickly for the tale to maintain any degree of tension. Toss in a romance and all that's missing is...a kind stepmother. Oh wait, she's there, too.

The Space Between is a beautifully written story of humanity at the end of the world and what it means to be alive in the moment. If you have ever stood on the shore and felt you could live in that moment forever, this book is for you.

The end of days has come and gone. At least, that's what it seems has happened when you read Anne Corlett's debut novel. But Jamie Allenby survived. She and other members of the human race survived a virus that sent its victims back to the dust God used to create Adam in Genesis. There was great commentary on how no matter hard humans try and no matter their intentions, good or bad, they can't control everything. I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read and once I had the opportunity to sit down and devote time to it, it moved quickly. I will say that I had trouble getting invested in the characters, including Jamie. That could have been because the narration is third person so I never felt like I was seeing everything through her eyes. I felt like she was an outsider, which might have been the point. She and her fellow survivors just went through a horrific ordeal and are struggling to navigate their world, which, even though it looks the same, is completely different than the one they knew. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in science fiction or women's fiction or who, like me, doesn't normally reach for this genre of writing. They will meet characters that frustrate them, characters that they want to know more about, and a story that might make them ask themselves what they would do if they traded places with Jamie or her friends. What I would like is a sequel. I think it would provide an opportunity for Corlett to flesh out this world and her characters more. If I were to give it a rating, I would say 4/5 stars. Corlett is a talented writer and I enjoyed reading her novel, but I think that more description could have been given to the novel's world and more depth could have been given to her characters.

The Space Between the Stars is about a woman named Jamie that immigrated from over populated Earth to a new planet, when she arrives a virus wipes out everyone and she is left alone to survive! Honestly it's a 3 star read. While I did love the writing it just felt too un original! It reminded me of The Fifth Wave and Survival! I mean the immigrateing to a new planet is like Passengers the movie. It's just too un original. If I were you I would still read it :)

I really enjoyed reading this book, it had a nice pace with a good sense of adventure. I liked that most of the characters had flaws and came across as real people with real issues, besides the obvious main problem of being lone survivors. That being said, there were a few times that I thought the author took the easy way out and while it made for a smoother storyline, it took some the reality out of it for me . Overall, I am very happy that I was able to read this book and I will be excited to get a hardcover copy to add to my shelves!! Thank you for allowing me this Advance Reader Copy.

As the human population continues to grow and use up finite resources, we look toward stars and nearby planets as possible colonization targets. In Anne Corlett's The Space Between the Stars, this colonization has already taken place and the survival of humans is under strain. Needing some space from her husband, Jamie leaves to be a vet on Solitaire. After a deadly virus hits throughout the universe wiping out the lives of most people, Jamie believes herself to be completely alone, which throws her into frantic despair until she gets a garbled message from Earth. Thinking that the message is from her husband, Jamie is determined to get to Earth however possible to find him. As a few other survivors find Jamie and a passing ship is willing to take them toward Earth, this small, eclectic group has the pieces to uncover the mystery of the virus, prevent the ultimate demise of human civilization, and find out just who they really are. There were some minimal elements of a dystopian sci-fi society in this book; however, the intense focus on Jamie and her relatively closed off mind/emotional state made it difficult to fully appreciate the manner and extent the world was shaped by the actions of the ruling class until it was basically spelled out toward the end - it would have been more interesting to see these elements unfold rather than be told of them. As cautionary tale for the dangers of genetic manipulation and playing God, this narrative presented plenty of arguments and theories, particularly as surrounds discussions of humanity, some of which were interesting and made you think. But I found there wasn't much to connect to character-wise, as they lacked any real depth and instead played off standard stereotypes, to make me care much about the outcome of the minimal plot, which was forced along in a rather predictable way. Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

The Space Between the Stars is Anne Corlett's debut novel, combining dystopian sci-fi with a picaresque storyline, with a dose of romance and a touch of mystery added. There is a lot of eschatological table talk and a twisted thriller ending. A virus has killed humanity across the known universe. Jamie wants to get back home to Earth. She meets up with various survivors: spaceship captain Callen and his sidekick Gracie, and ex-priest Lowry and burned-out scientist Rena, who both had been at a retreat center. Together they go on a journey across space, stopping at various posts to refuel, learning how survivors have organized after the apocalypse, and picking up Mila, born into the 'whore' class, and Finn, who is perhaps autistic. We learn that before the virus Earth had become overpopulated. A way of classifying people by status involved tattooing people. Some people were sent off-planet, with a resistance group opting to join them. Jamie, Callen, Lowry and Rena are all on the run from their pasts. Cramped together on the small space ship, there are a lot of conflicts and divisiveness. And some underlying sexual tension. Rena was a scientist with fixated on understanding the 'will of God' behind all that has happened. As she spirals into a madness of her own making, and each survivor struggles to make sense of their lives, horrible secrets are revealed. Should--will--these misfits survive? When everything is revealed at the end, I realized the novel was also a warning about genetic manipulation in an endeavor to 'improve' on Mother Nature out of a false fixation on perfection. Nature is messy. But it is always right. I received a free ebook from the publisher through First to Read.

A dystopic world set on space colonies and earth in the aftermath of a catastrophic virus. Jamie the MC is confrontational and closed off but grows during her journey The other characters are sketchy ad the world building is lacking leaving you wondering about the colonies and space travel. An interesting read although the extremely low survival rate was voided where Jamie is concerned for no apparent reasoning.

This book was enthralling from the beginning. Jamie wakes from illness to alone and thinks that she might be the only one that is left. A virus has swept Earth and space that has erased millions of lives. She begins to dwell on her loss of the baby and Daniel. After a few days, she discovers other survivors and makes her way to the planet she was on previously and fights with her crew to make their way to Earth. She develops a relationship with her pilot and discovers that all is not lost. On Earth, she finds her stepmother and is able to build a relationship with her. One of her crew members was one of the researchers that helped create the virus that has left mankind destroyed and thought to be infertile. Towards the end, it is discovered that mankind will continue to move forward. I really enjoyed this novel and found it be very touching and thought provoking.

It's not out until June but i'm going on the record now: Read This! The handful of characters we follow are fascinating & infuriating as they reveal themselves & i still held hope for them. Jamie, our main character was often remote and she displayed a penchant for harsh judgment without insight or even thought of the point of view of others but as she had intimacy issues, it rang true and made for an interesting portrayal. She irritated me but she also fascinated me and always made me want to know more. She learned and evolved. I was glad of that. All of the main supporting characters changed as the group shared experiences and moved through the story. Still, the other character I found most compelling was Rena. She annoyed me but she, like Jamie, made me think about what about her was bothering me so deeply and what I felt should be done with her in such a situation. I felt revulsion, sympathy and even pity for her so I'd say she was well done. Definitely one of the portrayals that will remain with me for some time. Jamie and Rena are both looking for patterns and meaning along the way. Jamie, in people around her and the known world and Rena in God and the corporeal. At times this scratched at the back of my brain & recalled the feeling of reading Through the Looking Glass with all the stops made & people met along the way. it felt surreal but there always remained a grounding current that kept things in the realm of the possible. It certainly made me think about what kind of social group would i want to be a part of in such an instance. This book also spoke to me on a maternal front with Jamie's loss & I appreciated that thread. Still, she was different enough from me in her reactions to it, that I could read about her journey at a comfortable distance. One niggle was in that she mentions that she "miscarried" but for as far along as she was said to have been in her pregnancy & having had delivered, she had a stillborn baby. I loved the portrayal of the loss but if miscarriage is the general taboo topic, I feel stillbirth is even more unmentioned & unmentionable. In point of fact, they aren't the same thing. I wanted more explanatory science but there was so much more here, that while I could've gone another 100 pages with some intensive world-building, I realized that this book is telling a different story and it's a worthy one. Some of my questions: What kind of propulsion are these interplanetary capable ships using? What fuel are they using; it seems they burn through it quickly necessitating refueling often and how are they reaching planets so quickly (within a day(s)? What exactly is the mechanism and trajectory of the virus (because it's endpoint is so very unique? How did the research remain concealed given its original purpose? How far from our present is this taking place because they have references that are so grounded in our present day memory (Nazis, Chernobyl, Post-Its, etc). Even with these things that left me wanting, there are plenty of other pre & post-apocalyptic themes covered: religious zealotry, female vulnerability in all male settings, martial law/police states, forced breeding plans, caste systems and even eugenics in targeted socioethnic groups. I very much enjoyed this but i'm a little sad that I've already finished what will surely be a great summer read. I know, #readerproblems. In book world I've seen some thinking this is a YA book. The MC is 38 so... it's not. If you like your extinction event stories on the quieter side, like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel , this is a good read. If you're about watching what remains of humanity trying to more broadly, work out where civilization goes after an extinction event, like Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, this could be in your book match. This is going on my favourites shelf and I don't do that often. Recommended. Highly. Favorite quote- "Life is its own point," Lowry said. "It's just a series of moments, some of them memorable, some of them not. There's no redemption but what we're prepared to grant ourselves. No point when we're finished becoming what we;re going to be. There's just this breath, and the next one, and the next one. Each one of those breaths, each of those moments helps to shape us. And then there's other people. Sometimes we figure out a way of rubbing along together. Sometimes we break someone else, or they break us." Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the Advance Reader Copy.

I will try to give a review as spoiler-free as possible. And if I do think there's a spoiler, I will give you a warning. The Space Between The Stars begins with Jamie waking up after surviving a virus that has infected nearly - if not - all of humanity. She is on a different planet, and she finds other survivors with whom she travels to Earth - hoping to meet someone she loved there. This is not a pure science fiction novel, mind you. It is more musings of humanity, and although I believe the essence of science fiction is the impact and changes in humanity, I would have liked to see a bit more science fiction here. TSBTS qualifies more as a religious drama - the book is not religious as such, but there are many conversations surrounding faith and its implications. That said, while I found the writing wonderful, in fact, it is what kept me going - I felt the plot and surrounding characters could have used more development. Often, it felt like every other character existed to elicit a reaction and/or thoughts from Jamie and therefore had quite two-dimensional facades. The book has great one-liners, some of them great to spark book club debates and discussions. I would suggest to keep reading it for a 100 pages before you make up your mind to continue or abandon - you might find the writing captivating enough to keep carrying on. All in all, I would say this is a book worth reading and I look forward to more books from Anne Corlett.

I thought this book was great! It kept my interest from the beginning. I can't wait for more books from this author!

I really enjoyed this novel! It was thought provoking, honest, and gut wrenching. It was also an exciting sci-fi read. I look forward to reading more from this new author.

This was one of the best debut fiction novels I have ever read! It's ridiculously easy to read. The beginning, where the main character, Jamie, wakes up from an apocalyptic virus to realize she maybe the only one to survive, is written with a brutal honesty. I don't want to give too much away. I think this book will appeal to fans of all kinds of fiction. I'm thrilled to have a new author to look out for!

 


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