Hold Back the Stars
One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2017, Hold Back the Stars is the story of a young couple who are forced to prove their love in order to stay together and in order to survive. Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. But maybe this doesn’t need to be the end…
Adrift in space with nothing to cling to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the world they have left behind – a place where they never really belonged, and that they might now never return to. In a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?
Set between outer space and a multicultural European Utopia, Hold Back The Stars is the story of a young relationship, which will resonate with readers who have conducted their own love lives online, over Whatsapp, Facebook and email - particularly over long-distance. It is a story of falling in love in your twenties, and the pressures that this inevitably forces upon our modern generations. It is the story of first love, and a couple who choose to fight to be together, to love, to survive.
Katie Khan works for a film studio looking after digital marketing for Paramount Pictures in the UK, and is a graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy writing course. Hold Back the Stars is her debut novel.