Hold Back The Stars


This story touched my heart. I didn’t intentionally pick it up to read during the Valentine’s Day Week but boy, oh boy, I’m glad I did.

This is the tale of two soul mates that find themselves out in space alone, following the crash of their spaceship. Carys and Max have 90 minutes of oxygen left.

The tale flits between their current situation of how on earth they’re going to survive to the past, building up their incredible love story.

It’s not a particularly soppy story but it sure pulls at the heart strings.

Being a scientist, myself, I thoroughly enjoyed their attempts to survive using their chemistry and physics knowledge.

The book is set in the future, in a place called Europia which portrays a united Europe who believe in individualism. It’s quirky and got that amazing sci-fi vision of the future with personal watch chips; ceiling to floor length displays of news, chatter & video beaming to other homes; and each individual rotates to a different area every three years, allowing multicultural societies to thrive and individuals to gain knowledge of all different environments, languages and careers.

Carys and Max meet at the young age of 25 and fall in love, they’re in fear of braking the couples rule which states that couples can not rotate together or settle down to marry and have children until they’re 35. Having tried to live without each other, they realise that they need to defy the rule. Their defiance leads them to the central court where they demand the couples rule is revised…. they become a test couple for the leaders, which all sounds great, until you realise that they’re being tested out in space

I could not put this book down. The combination of space, science and romance for me, was the mathematical formula of addictiveness.

Khan, you’re on my best authors list.


Until next time, Chloé x



  1. Wow, this book sounds fantastic… and I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for posting your review, I’m definitely going to check it out.
    In the meantime – happy reading 🙂


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