The Space Between the Stars
by Anne Corlett
June 13, 2017
After giving the first 25% of the book my full attention, I will admit skimming the balance. Even then it took me two days of skimming to get the same feeling I had in the first 25% of the book. This is not a sci-fi story, it is just the location. I think it was a wonderful premise for the book, but the direction it took was not what I was looking for. Everyone is spread throughout the world and the stars and a virus wipes out potentially 90% of the population, or so we think. Turning each person to ash. Yes, we have survivors and everyone is concerned that the population will continue to grow. In fact, everyone has an opinion on everything. This is a story that makes you think: what would you do?
I think I would have turned to ash.
A Recommended Summer Read from The Verge and io9
A Recommended June Read from Hello Giggles and Tor.com
When the world ends, where will you go? 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...
About the Author
Anne Corlett is a criminal lawyer by profession and has recently completed an M.A. in creative writing at Bath Spa University. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies, and her short fiction has won, placed, or been short-listed in national and international awards. The Space Between the Stars is her first novel.