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A Great Good Place for Books

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Once Upon a Time

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Rediscovered Books

RJ Julia

Square Books

Tattered Cover Book Store

Third Place Books

U Book Store

Vintage Books



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To Our Future Laterrians,

Three years ago when we first uttered the words “Les Mis in Space” to our agent, we never anticipated what would come next: the challenges, the struggles, the fits of delirious giggling, the long Skype calls debating whether or not to kill a character, or if llamas could feasibly live on the new planet we were imagining.

Now, three years later, SKY WITHOUT STARS, the first installment in the System Divine series is here and we couldn’t be more proud. We are thrilled to welcome you into our futuristic sci-fi world of Laterre and hope you profoundly enjoy your visit there.

The excitement around the release of the book has been both exhilarating and humbling for us and nowhere else has it been quite so encouraging than among independent bookstores and booksellers.

As you’ll soon read below, both of our lives have been touched and altered by independent bookstores, which is why we could think of no better partners to team up with for the launch of this book.

From Joanne:

Joanne Rendell Headshot (Low-Res)Back when my son Benny was little, I juggled my new mum life with trying to write my first novel, and my local independent bookstore in New York City ended up being the place where I got some of my best writing done. In their cozy cafe, surrounded by all their carefully chosen books and friendly staff, I would park my sleeping son in his stroller and hammer out a few pages while sipping on an English Breakfast tea! When my son woke up, I’d close up my laptop and we’d head down to story-hour in the children’s books department. The store was my home away from home, my supplier of great books, my favorite writing spot, and a place where my son and I found a sweet and book-loving community. If I weren’t for that store, I don’t think I’d be a published author today!

From Jessica:

Jessica Brody Headshot (Low-Res)In my twelve years of writing and publishing books, I’m fortunate to have visited so many wonderful independent bookstores of every size, shape, and flavor. But the one thing they all have in common is that there’s always someone ready and eager to nerd out about books with you. There’s always a bookseller excited to hear what you read last, and then hand you the book that might change your life. And that’s exactly what happened to me.

I’ll never forget the night, eleven years ago. I was wandering the stacks of one of my favorite indies after a signing for my very first novel, and one of my favorite booksellers said, “Have you read this? It just came out and I think you’ll love it.” She handed me a copy of The Hunger Games and I immediately shook my head. The cover was so not my style. But she insisted, so I bought the book and read it (in almost one sitting). Not only does it remain one of my favorite books of all time, it’s the book that made me (a contemporary author) want to write sci-fi. Two years later, I sold my first sci-fi trilogy, Unremembered, and now here I am releasing my the first installment of my second sci-fi series. And to think, I probably never would have picked up that book on my own.

As readers and fans and booklovers, independent bookstores are our motherships. Our safe havens. Our inspirations. Our accepting and welcoming community. So please join us in celebrating the Indies and showing our love for independent bookstores…where there’s always someone ready and eager to hand you the book that might change your life!

Thank you for traveling beyond the edges of the galaxy with us. Thank you for supporting your community of booklovers. And most of all, thank you for reading.

Vive Laterre!

 Joanne Rendell

Jess and Jo


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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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!

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles


#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles

Les Misérables like you’ve never seen it before–this page-turning story rockets the classic through the stars and into your heart.

New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and Star Wars: Rebel Rising


New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and Star Wars: Rebel Rising

With intricate world-building and a plot that never slows, Sky Without Stars turns fantasy conventions upside down, all through the wrenching, intoxicating entanglements of characters you instantly care about. I’ll be first in line for the sequel!

New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis


New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis

An exquisitely executed reimagining. Epic in scope and storytelling, Sky Without Stars is an explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series


#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

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!

New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series


New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series

Evocative, nuanced storytelling driven by compelling characters makes Sky Without Stars a unique gem that will both enthrall your imagination and wrench your heartstrings. I inhaled this Les Mis-in-space story and am desperate for more!

Author of <em>The Forbidden Wish</em> & <em>Last of Her Name</em>


Author of The Forbidden Wish & Last of Her Name


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.

Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, CO)


Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, CO)

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 Les Mis but not here, not on this planet, not on Laterre.

Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN)


Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN)

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.

Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)


Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)

Sky Without Stars is a meaty, delicious novel, and I can’t wait for the next book in the System Divine series.

Main Street Books (St. Charles, MO)


Main Street Books (St. Charles, MO)


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.



Yes! Please order your copy from one of our select Indie partners listed below. Please note International shipping charges will apply and shipping speeds may vary based on store and country.

Here’s a complete list of participating Indie retailers who offer International shipping:

Blue Willow Bookshop

Main Street Books

Mysterious Galaxy Books

Oblong Books

Red Balloon Bookshop

RJ Julia

Square Books

Tattered Cover Book Store

U Book Store

Vintage Books

MONTROSE, CA Once Upon a Time
OAKLAND, CA A Great Good Place for Books
SAN DIEGO, CA Mysterious Galaxy
DENVER, CO Tattered Cover Book Store
BOISE, ID Rediscovered Books
BOSTON, MA R.J. Julia Booksellers
ST. PAUL, MN Red Balloon Bookshop
OXFORD, MS Square Books
ST. LOUIS, MO Left Bank Books
ST. CHARLES, MO Main Street Books
PORTLAND, OR Powell’s (Extension Unavailable)
HOUSTON, TX Blue Willow Bookshop
NEW YORK, NY Books of Wonder
RHINEBECK, NY Oblong Books & Music
SEATTLE, WA Third Place Books
SEATTLE, WA University Bookstore
VANCOUVER, WA Vintage Books

Fill out the form above and make sure you’ve placed your pre-order directly with one of our select Indie bookstore partners.

If you would like to confirm your pre-order of the book to ensure you receive your gift pack, please contact the bookstore you purchased from using the contact links below.

Your gift pack will be included with the book from the bookstore you purchased from. If you choose to pick up the book in-store, you may pick it up as soon as Sky Without Stars is released (March 26, 2019). If you choose to have the book shipped to you, please allow the appropriate time for delivery based on the shipping speed you selected at check-out. For any questions about the status of your order, please contact the bookstore you ordered from using one of the contact links below.

Yes. Every copy of the book pre-ordered from one of our select indie retailers will include a gift pack. However, we ask that you fill out the form above for each purchase you make.

No. Unfortunately, only hardcover copies of the book qualify for this offer.

We will hold a random drawing. First, we will compile a list of every person who successfully completes the form above and we’ll upload their names into a list randomizer on random.org. Then we’ll use their software to pick the winner!


  • You must pre-order a hardcover copy of Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell before March 26, 2019 from one of our select Indie partners (Blue Willow Bookshop, Books Inc., Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Mysterious Galaxy, Oblong Books & Music, Powell’s Books, Rediscovered Books, R.J. Julia, Square Books, Tattered Cover, Third Place Books, University Bookstore, Vintage Books) to be eligible to receive the pre-order gift.
  • You must be 13 years or older to participate. If you’re younger than 13, please ask a parent or guardian to fill out the form for you.
  • You may pre-order online from one of our partners (direct links can be found above). If you don’t wish to order online, most Indie bookstores will take pre-orders over the phone or in-store. Just ask a sales representative at the bookstore.
  • Limited to one gift pack per purchased book. Multiple copies of the book may be purchased to receive multiple gift packs.
  • Open Internationally.


Blue Willow Bookshop: orders@bluewillowbookshop.com
Books Inc:  weborders@booksinc.net
Books Of Wonder:  customerservice@booksofwonder.com
A Great Good Place for Books:  books@ggpbooks.com
Left Bank Books: lauren.w@left-bank.com
Main Street Books: info@mainstreetbooks.net
Mysterious Galaxy: mgbooks@mystgalaxy.com
Oblong Books: info@oblongbooks.com
Once Upon a Time: jessica@onceupona.com
Powell’s: (Extension Unavailable) partners@powells.com
Red Balloon Bookshop: info@redballoonbookshop.com
Rediscovered Books: rdbooks1@gmail.com
R.J. Julia Booksellers: books@rjjulia.com
Square Books: sami@squarebooks.com
Tattered Cover: books@tatteredcover.com
Third Place Books: internetorders@thirdplacebooks.com
University Bookstore: grace.rajendran@ubookstore.com
Vintage Books: books@vintage-books.com


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