The Space Between the Stars

In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.

All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.

Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be.



My Review

I recently finished watching the movie, The Space Between Us. So, I was in the right mind set to read this book. Instantly, I got a good mental image of the world that Jamie was leaving to travel back to Earth. There was not a lot of information provided in the beginning regarding the deadly virus that killed most of the population. Yet, from what I did learn about the virus, it came fast and adapted to the human host. Jamie was very lucky (or unlucky) to have survived.

Jamie finds herself aboard a ship traveling back to Earth along with a group of other survivors. For the most part I found the others interesting. To be honest, it was mainly due to the characters and the world that I stuck with this book. It was kind of lacking in the action building department. I wanted to turn up the dial a few more notches. The flashbacks to Jamie's prior life was nice. They helped give me a better sense of who Jamie was before and I saw the growth in her as the story progressed including the relationship between she and Callan. This was a nice debut. I am interested in seeing what the author comes out with next.

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