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Hold Back the Stars

A Novel

Katie Khan


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/22/2017)
Paperback (2/20/2018)


Love is more powerful than gravity.

“We’re going to be fine.”

He looks around, but there’s nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious Technicolor to their right.

Trapped in the vast void of space, Carys and Max have only ninety minutes of oxygen left to live. None of this was supposed to happen. After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold onto but each other. As they fall, they can’t help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose each other now. While their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it?

In this startling and evocative novel harkening to both One Day and Gravity, Hold Back the Stars shows how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us.

Praise For Hold Back the Stars: A Novel

"An edge-of-your-seat tale."
— British Vogue

"Hold Back the Stars is a high-stakes, high-concept, high-flying (or floating) love story that marks Katie Khan as a bold new talent. I raced through it. All the obvious 'out of this world' comments apply."
— Bestselling author Matt Haig

"Gripping from the very first page, Hold Back the Stars is a rare combination of thrilling action, deep emotional depth, and intelligent ideas. The most unique love story I've read in years, it's sure to take the world by storm." 
— New York Times bestselling author Rowan Coleman

"As wildly inventive as it is deeply emotional, this futuristic tale of first love gripped me from page one and didn't let go. Katie Khan is definitely one to watch."
— Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch

"Prepare to shed tears." 
— Heat

"Original, surprising and romantic."
— Woman & Home

"This is a stirring, unique and beautifully crafted story on the complexities of first love that will stay with you long after reading. This is going to be huge." 
— Image

"Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us.
— Red

"Dazzling . . . a truly stellar debut, full of wonder and heart. I'm sure it's going to be a mega hit." 
— Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

"A beautiful, moving, truly original tale. I loved this book for taking me by surprise."
— Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer

Terrific . . . A beautiful story."
— Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season

“Taking “star-crossed” to a new level…[and] cinematically styled…Hold Back the Stars is a tale of first love that will appeal to fans of David Nicholls’ One Day (2009) and of Jojo Moyes’ romances.”
— Booklist Online

Gallery Books, 9781501142932, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2017

About the Author

Katie Khan is a writer from London and graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy writing course. She also works for a film studio in the United Kingdom. Hold Back the Stars is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Katie_Khan.