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Book Tour: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Hi guys! I’m excited to be here today with an awesome book that is out this coming Tuesday! Sky Without Stars is a retelling of Les Miserables in space. I absolutely adore Jessica Brody’s writing, so I was super excited to be part of this tour.

About the Book

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1)

by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: March 26th 2019
Genre: Retellings, Young Adult, Science Fiction

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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Pre-Order Campaign

Pre-order a hardcover of Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell from


a participating indie bookstore* before March 26, 2019, and you’ll receive an exclusive Sky Without Stars Gift Pack, including the following:

  • A limited edition two-sided 12″x16″ poster featuring the ONLY available colored version of the book’s world map
  • A Sky Without Stars book plate, signed by both authors
  • A Sky Without Stars postcard
  • A Sky Without Stars bookmark

A gift pack will be included with the book upon shipment or picked up in-store. *Click here for participating stores.

About the Authors

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 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


To preface this review, I’ve never read the original novel by Victor Hugo. I’ve only seen the musical movie with Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hatheway. I also haven’t read the comp series The Lunar Chronicles.

That being said, I enjoyed this retelling a lot! It was related enough to the storyline, but it also did a lot of new things.

Something I found most interesting about the novel was Chatine! She was the driving force behind much of the novel, and she was morally ambiguous. This grey area made you wonder how you could trust her, but she was very compelling as a character overall.

The two other main characters could have been developed a little more. They were annoying and, at times, flat characters. I wish I had gotten to know them better, but their plots weren’t as interesting as Chatine.

Overall, the writing was fabulous. It’s not going to be the most fast paced in the beginning, but once you get into it this is riveting!


Here are a few songs that reminded me of the book!


Here’s your chance to win a copy of Sky Without Stars!

Prize: One (1) copy of Sky Without Stars

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Follow the Tour

I’ve listed all the other stops today, and you can view the full schedule through this link.

March 22nd

BookCrushin – Guest Post

Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes

Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you take a minute to read this excellent novel.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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