“Home’s what’s left over when you’ve figured out all the places you don’t want to be.”
-Anne Corlett, The Space Between the Stars.
Hey guys! Not too long ago, I was really lucky to receive an advanced copy of The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett from PanMacmillan. Thank you! I also recently took part in the blog tour for this book, which you can check out here and read an extract from the book itself!
This novel follows Jamie, who wakes just as her fever subsides, on a distant planet. The fever was meant to wipe out humanity’s colonies across the stars… Could everyone else be dead? She’d left her partner Daniel after the miscarriage of their baby and now she’s stranded and alone. Until she receives a garbled message from Earth, from someone in her past that could be alive. When she finds a few others also seeking Earth, the group of them must cross space to realise their tentative dream, despite clashing with others that seem dead set on repeating humanity’s mistakes.
The Space Between the Stars reads like a cross between a Sci-Fi novel and an adult dystopian. The premise is bleak and the entire novel explores the main characters and their evolving relationships to each other more than it concentrates on the space and planets they’re passing. Which is my favourite kind of Sci-Fi novel; one more focused on the interaction between characters than the interaction between characters and their settings. The Space Between the Stars poses more philosophical questions about the reforming of human civilisation rather than having an action heavy plot, and is definitely one for fans of literary fiction as both the writing and the themes stood out to me as highlights of the novel. This is a book that will make you think!
The character Jamie is at the heart of The Space Between the Stars, and she is a woman trying to find her place in the world. Which is made even harder by the virus wiping out the majority of human life. Her panic, confusion and hope are universal emotions, and as she meets other survivors with polarising views, the book focuses on those human connections between survivors with a lot of philosophical and theological debate between them, provoking the reader into redefining their own opinions as they inevitably imagine themselves in Jamie’s situation.
Ultimately, it’s a novel of love, being human and how far you will go to find your way home.
The premise of The Space Between the Stars made me a little uncomfortable (it freaked me out thinking of that virus!), which I suppose is good as it made me think intensely throughout the novel, but it did make me enjoy it a little less, so I’m giving it 3/5 stars. I recommend this for fans of literary fiction with deep, profound topics, and for fans of light Sci-Fi and post-apocalyptic novels.
Has anyone else read this one? What did you think of it?