Sky Without Stars (Compact Disc)
Far into the future, humans have left earth and now inhabit The System Divine, with French colonists living on the planet Laterre. What began as a just system has now degraded to a heartless three-tiered society, most citizens starving on the streets without hope of relief while an indifferent ruling class dines on multi-course meals and cleans up their messes with silk napkins. But revolution is brewing, and three teens from various backgrounds are drawn in: Marcellus, the grandson of the head of the military and son of a traitor; Chatine, daughter of a family of con artists; and Aulouette, a girl living in hiding beneath the streets. All three become tangled in revolution as a terrorist group, known as the Vangarde, rises up again and threatens to tear apart their home. The question is, should they be fighting to save such a broken system, or should they be working to help the spark catch? Each must decide for themselves in this thrilling sci-fi retelling of Les Mis.— Madeline
Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Far into the future, humans have left earth and now inhabit The System Divine, with French colonists living on the planet Laterre, where citizens starve under the watch of an indifferent ruling class. But revolution is brewing, and three teens are drawn in as a terrorist group threatens to tear apart their home. Should they be fighting to save such a broken system, or should they be working to help the spark catch? Each must decide for themselves in this thrilling sci-fi retelling of Les Misérables.”
— Madeline Dorman, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
"Not to be missed " --Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles "An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution." --Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series In the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Mis rables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet 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 Mis rables.