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-colony of Laterre.
SKY WITHOUT STARS
System Divine #1
Authors: Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Age Range: 12 and up
Available Formats: Hardcover
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.
*Cover design by Billelis.com
PRAISE FOR “SKY WITHOUT STARS”
“Epic tech…immersive world-building…jaw-dropping twists. 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. 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 Misérables like you’ve never seen it before.”
— 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… Loved!”
— Danielle Paige, New York Times Bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series
“A plot that never slows. I’ll be first in line for the sequel!”
— Brendan Reichs, New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis
“I inhaled this Les Mis-in-space story and am desperate for more!”
— Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish
“Fast-paced, immersive, and imaginative.”
“Extravagant settings, lush world-building, thrilling intrigue…”
“An exciting reimagining of Les Misérables.”
— School Library Journal
*Map designs by Francesca Baerald
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 17 novels for teens, tweens, and adults including The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Better You Than Me, the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy, and the forthcoming Sky Without Stars (a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, co-written with Joanne Rendell), coming March 26, 2019. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter books. Jessica’s first non-fiction book, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel (a plotting guide for novelists) released in October 2018. Jessica’s books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR. Visit Jessica online at JessicaBrody.com.
Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels for adults—The Professors’ Wives’ Club, Crossing Washington Square, and Out of the Shadows—published by New American Library/Penguin. She holds a PhD in English Literature and has taught (and is extremely passionate about) literary classics, such as Hugo’s Les Misérables. Joanne writes essays and interviews for the Huffington Post and other publications. She’s a board member, assistant producer, and dramaturge for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. Joanne also teaches fiction writing to teens and kids in New York City, where she lives with her husband—a professor at NYU—and their thirteen-year-old son. Visit Joanne at JoanneRendell.com.