Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on April 8, 2019, in Giveaways, New Releases, Reviews / 1 Comment

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Sky Without Stars is everything you ever wanted in a space drama (and/or Les Mis retelling – but you do not have to know anything about Les Mis before reading. I was blind going in!) AND MORE. I can’t believe how quickly this book went by and how much I was begging for book 2 at the end (Jess and Jo – are you listening? Feel free to download it directly in my brain. Thx). Check out my thoughts below and come enter to win the giveaway below (you could get your name in the sequel!).

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)

by Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
Published by: Simon Pulse
on March 26, 2019
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 592

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.


Let me give you three reasons why you’ll love Sky Without Stars:

  1. Chatine
  2. Marcellus
  3. Alouette

That’s it! There you have it. Happy reading. 

Ok but no seriously – there are a million reasons to love this book but I’ll give you a few of my top reasons:

  1. The characters. Told in alternating chapters from each character’s perspective,  Sky Without Stars takes you through the dynamics of living on a world without sun. The majority of the population, the working class, lives in horrid conditions (the Frets) and is tasked with making the finer things that the second and first class enjoy. Oh, and there’s a secret society tasked with protecting the last library on a world where the written word has been vanquished. Chatine, Marcellus, and Alouette share the world of Laterre through their unique lens. 
  2. The world. I talked about the classes above but also add in how amazing Jess and Jo are at bringing this world to life. There’s a scene that describes carrots that have been grown without sun and it’s so visceral that I can taste it in my mouth. The dichotomy of living in 500 year old space ships versus under a weather controlled dome is enough to draw you in. Then you add robotic investigators and a regime that will make you say OFF WITH THEIR HEADS and…
  3. The development. At no point in this story did I feel like things were going to slow down. The pacing is fantastic and I just kept turning pages (and later speeding up my audio) so I could find out what’s next. You’ve never read a space book like this!

There you have it – characters you can’t wait to see again, a world you can taste, and a story that keeps you yearning for more. What more could you want (except book 2!)?!

Bonus: the audiobook is FANTASTIC. The three narrators bring their unique voices to the characters and completely draw you in the story. They each keep you engaged, with great tone and inflection.


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🌖 #REVIEW + #GIVEAWAY 🌒⠀ . . .⠀ AHHHHH I finished Sky Without Stars & I can’t believe how amazing it was! It was everything I want in a space drama and so much more. I especially loved the characters (Chatine, Marcellus, & Aloutte) and the fact that we get alternating chapters from their unique world view. Stay tuned for a full review up on #bookcrushin .com today…And enter to win a copy below! What will you pick – Regime (the people who control Laterre) or Refuge (the people who protect the library)?⠀ .⠀ THE PRIZES:⠀ ✨1st Prize (1 Winner): Signed copy of SKY WITHOUT STARS, magnetic planet bookmark, “Little Lark” dog tag necklace, 2 books of choice from Jessica’s library, & a “French-ified” version of your name in the sequel!⠀ ✨2nd Prize (1 Winner): Signed copy of SKY WITHOUT STARS, 1 book of choice from Jessica’s library, & an exclusive swag pack.⠀ ✨3rd Prize (3 Winners): Signed copy of SKY WITHOUT STARS & an exclusive swag pack.⠀ NOTE: ALL winners get to pick a Secret Cover of their choice! (Regime vs. Refuge)⠀ .⠀ HOW TO ENTER:⠀ Visit Jessica's giveaway landing page (link in bio) & follow the instructions. You must submit your entries via the Gleam entry form (all entries will be verified).⠀ .⠀ REQUIREMENTS:⠀ • SUBSCRIBE to Jessica's newsletter⠀ • FOLLOW me @diamondxgirl, @jessicabrody, @joannerendellauthor @royalsocialmedia & all other tour hosts⠀ • VISIT @ladyofthelibrary tomorrow for more chances to win⠀ • BONUS: Tag a friend in the comments of each post⠀ • BONUS: Repost this photo with hashtags #SkyWithoutStarsGiveaway #RoyalBookTours #BookstagramTour #BookstagramGiveaway⠀ .⠀ THE FINE PRINT:⠀ • OPEN INTERNATIONALLY⠀ • Must be 13+ years⠀ • Ends Tues, Apr 16th at 8:00 pm PT. Winners will be announced no later than Fri, Apr 19th⠀ • No spam or giveaway accounts⠀ • Account must be public so we can verify followings⠀ • Disclaimer: This giveaway is not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with Instagram⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #SkyWithoutStarsTour #JessicaBrody #JoanneRendell #SkyWithoutStars #LesMisInSpace #SkyWithoutStarsGiveaway #RoyalBookTours #SystemDivine #SimonTeen #Bookstagram #BookstagramTour #BookstagramGiveaway #YA #YASciFi #SciFi #YALit #YAReads #IReadYA #TeenR

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