Sky Without Stars Review and Favorite Quotes


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Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1)

by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 26th 2019

Genre: Retellings, Young Adult, Science Fiction


A thief. An officer. A guardian. 

Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.






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 My Review

I read the synopsis of a Sky WIthout Stars and was intrigued.  I also saw that it was compared to the Lunar Chronicles series. Sky Without Stars is a dark, beautifully written retelling of Les Miserables with a science fiction twist!  I thought the pace of the story was nice. The world building was great! This book does have multiple points of view and I didn’t mind. Sometimes that bothers me but in this case, it didn’t. I think it actually lets us know more about the characters. I thought the characters were interesting. I really enjoyed this story and I’m excited to read book 2!

I received an ebook arc galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Quotes

Because this woman was proof that even when you played by the rules you still starved.

Curiosity could easily be misconstrued as concern , and concern could just as easily be misconstrued as grief. And you don’t grieve traitors.

And yet. for the first time in her life, Chantine defiantly chose to ignore it.


Jessica Brody


Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.

Visit her online at Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @JessicaBrody


Joanne Rendell

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Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels and holds a PhD in English literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids and is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, Joanne divides her time between New York City, and New Paltz, New York. Visit Joanne at



Jessica Brody




Joanne Rendel




Pre-order Campaign

Pre-order a hardcover of SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell from a participating indie bookstore* before March 26, 2019 and you’ll receive an exclusive Sky Without Stars Gift Pack, including the following:

  • A limited edition two-sided 12”x16” poster featuring the ONLY available colored version of the book’s world map
  • Sky Without Starsbookplate, signed by both authors
  • Sky Without Starspostcard
  • Sky Without Starsbookmark

The gift pack will be included with your book when it is shipped or picked up in store.

*Click here for participating stores.




Prize: Win a copy of SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell (US Only)

Stars: 20th March 2019

Ends: 2nd April 2019

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