The Space Between the Stars
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.
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
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!