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
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ISBN: 978-1534410633
Pages: 624

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.

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.

*Cover design by Billelis.com 



“Hailed as Les Mis in space, this deliciously rich, well-crafted sci-fi/tech epic will be the next big YA series on par with Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, and Sarah J. Maas. Fans of the Illuminae series will love this.”
— Kristen Gilligan, Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, CO)

“Part retelling, part mystery, part dystopian, part sci-fi, Sky Without Stars is an ambitious mix of genres that successfully combines into a single adventure. It takes a tough, gritty, and thought-provoking look at loyalty and identity in a time of revolution.”
— Madeline Dorman, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)

“The backdrop is utterly futuristic, humanity is as base as it has always been, and as so often happens, we root for the rebels. You may think you know the story of Lis Mis but not here, not on this planet, not on Laterre.”
— Julie Poling, Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN)

Sky Without Stars is a meaty, delicious novel, and I can’t wait for the next book in the System Divine series.”
— Emily Hall, Main Street Books (St. Charles, MO)



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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 JessicaBrody.com. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram: @JessicaBrody.

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.