Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) (Hardcover)
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
“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 Misérables 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.
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 an infamous 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.
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 JoanneRendell.com.
"An exquisitely executed reimagining. Epic in scope and storytelling, Sky Without Stars is an explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution." -- Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
"Les Miserables like you've never seen it before--this page-turning story rockets the classic through the stars and into your heart."--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and Star Wars: Rebel Rising
"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!"-- Danielle Paige, New York Times Bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series
“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!” -Brendan Reichs, New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis
"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!" -- Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish
"Brody and Rendell’s retelling delivers extravagant settings, lush world-building, thrilling intrigue, and characters that will stay with readers long after the last page." -- Booklist
"A fast-paced, immersive, and imaginative romp." -- Kirkus