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Review – ‘Hold Back The Stars’ Katie Khan



Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max 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. ‘Hold Back the Stars’ is a love story like no other.


Meet Carys and Max, they have ninety minutes of air left . They have fought for their love and will fight for their survival… I was completely gripped by this book, I was on the edge of my seat, my heart pounding as those ninety minutes counted down, clutching to the book as I raced to find out the fates of Carys and Max.
Carys and Max live in European Utopia but like any ‘perfect society’ there are flaws. Not being able to fall in love until you are in your thirties is a pretty big one. As we float in space alongside them we get to hear their love story from its tentative online beginnings to its fight against society.
A unique and beautiful love story that makes us readers go through a whole range of emotions – joy, anger, sadness. I cheered Carys and Max on as they faced the pressures of Utopian society, I felt their triumphs and I felt their loses. The ending left me reeling and I feel this one will stick with me for a good long while.

“‘There’s no better way to spend the last minutes of your life’ he says, ‘than talking to the best person you’ve ever met.’




Katie Khan works for a film studio looking after digital marketing for Paramount Pictures in the UK, and is a graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy writing course. ‘Hold Back The Stars’ is her debut novel.

Published by Doubleday 26th January


If you like ‘Hold Back the Stars’ you should check out:

‘The Versions of Us’ by Laura Barnett

‘A Closed and Common Orbit’ by Becky Chambers


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