“Not to be missed!” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles “An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
In the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.
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 an infamous 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.
Jessica Brody is the author of several popular novels for teens and tweens, including The Geography of Lost Things, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Better You Than Me, and the Unremembered trilogy. She lives with her husband and four dogs near Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com.
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 JoanneRendell.com.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2019)
Length: 592 pages
Grades: 7 and up
Ages: 12 - 99
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"I could fill an entire book detailing all the things I love about Sky Without Stars, from the epic tech to the immersive world-building, the jaw-dropping twists to the characters that universally stole my heart. This brilliant reinterpretation of a beloved classic is not to be missed!" -- Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles
"An exquisitely executed reimagining. Epic in scope and storytelling, Sky Without Stars is an explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution." -- Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
Les Miserables like you've never seen it before--this page-turning story rockets the classic through the stars and into your heart."--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and Star Wars: Rebel Rising
"Brody and Rendell masterfully craft a new take on an old favorite that’s out of this world, filled with drama, intrigue and romance. Loved!"-- Danielle Paige, New York Times Bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series
"Brody and Rendell’s retelling delivers extravagant settings, lush world-building, thrilling intrigue, and characters that will stay with readers long after the last page." -- Booklist
"A fast-paced, immersive, and imaginative romp." -- Kirkus