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The Space Between the Stars

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  583 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Berkley (first published June 1st 2017)
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Althea Ann
I am a big fan of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic novels. This isn't one. Sure, it LOOKS like one on the surface - but at the core of it, this is a whiny annoying book about a whiny annoying woman who is emotionally stuck in one of the most pathetic romantic relationships to be committed to paper. The outer-space setting is just veneer; and illogical veneer at that. It would've made more logical sense if the different planets were just New York and California, for example.

When we meet Jamie Allenby,
I tried.

I guess it's just a matter of timing and perfectly misaligned expectations, but I couldn't bring myself to want to get into this novel no matter how much I tried. It was super-lite. The SF portions were too little, too contrived, and kinda worthless as a plot-device, while the character-heavy literary fiction feels never gripped me and from everything I've read in other reviews, it wasn't ever going to.

I might have made a good go at this and suffered through to the end if there was any k
Erin Sky
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Excellent, Unexpected Read

If you go into this book expecting the usual dystopian fodder (one terrifying attempt after another just to stay alive... or to find other survivors... or to save what's left of humanity), then you're not going to like this book. And I'll admit, that's how I started out, based on the novel's premise. But then something interesting happened...

I found myself on a parallel journey to that of the protagonist herself--letting go of the past; letting go of expectations; li
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Space Between the Stars is a contemplative novel about one woman’s journey through a desolate, broken down galaxy after much of humanity has been wiped out by a deadly plague. Jamie Allenby was able to escape much of the chaos due to the fact she was working on a remote planet at the time, but while her choice to be alone may have saved her from the worst effects of the virus, it also left her cut off from the rest o
A thoughtful consideration of what survivors of a near total apocalypse of humanity might go through to get their heads and souls set right in order to move forward with living. The main character, Jamie, is a veterinarian whose personal disappointments and trauma in her life have led her to a remote colony world, Solitaire, populated by about 10 thousand people. She revives from illness to find herself a rare survivor of an epidemic that was projected to kill 99.9999% of humans. Which means a f ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars for me. The premise of this book was one of the best ones I had heard in quite a while , so my expectations were pretty high , but I'm sorry to say that while there were some parts of the book that did meet my expectations, the big majority did not , I mean the author had a huge opportunity to remade the world (literally, since a virus had killed almost all population) , that in itself gives the author such a plethora of options to write a book about , and she chose to go with such a ...more
Katie Lumsden
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly loved this. A brilliant, engagingly written story of survival and the search for meaning after most of the human population has been wiped out. I loved how the novel combined small, personal tragedies with disaster on a larger scale, and how it explored the need not just to survive but to turn survival into something meaningful. The book explores family, human relationships, religion and hope in fascinating ways. The plot is engaging and full of unexpected turns and the characters a ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I'm a bit undecided on how to rate this one, but it made me think and it was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages, so I'm going with 3 stars.

Starting with what I liked, the writing itself is quite good in this debut novel. There is an interesting mix of characters, and although the main character is not terribly likeable, I understand that really, that's part of the point - she's supposed to be a flawed character or the story wouldn't work the same way.

The is where I had
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, publisher, reviewed
My disappointment in this book is probably my own fault. I didn't pay close enough attention to the blurb. This is not post apocalyptic science-fiction, although it is set in outer space. A virus has cut down the overpopulation by killing almost all humans on earth and the settlements in space. The people are reduced to piles of grey ash. Jamie is one of the few survivors but she very quickly meets up with a few other survivors. You'd think this situation would provide interesting challenges, bu ...more
I received a copy off of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not persuade my actual opinion of the novel.

DNF at 25%

I'm going to be straightforward and say: this was not a book for me. It wasn't my type of genre (whatever this was), the story didn't grasp my attention, and the writing was too choppy/dull(?). But I really tried to finish it with an open mind - I truly did - sadly, my mind kept screaming at me to stop reading since I wasn't enjoying myself one bit.

As a result of
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts with Jamie Allenby, a veterinary scientist on the frontier of human interstellar civilization. Jamie is clearly a loner, but her few connections with the rest of humanity are put to the test when a plague kills nearly everybody across human space. Almost the only survivors are those who were alone by preference or circumstance, which makes any form of recovery hard. Jamie does find survivors though and embarks on a trip back towards Earth via some other planets with survivors.

Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
This is probably my favourite book of the year so far - I read it cover to cover on a transatlantic flight, tears running down my face (THE FEELINGS. THE FLAILING. AAAAAAH). Like Station Eleven, this is a story that uses a SF conceit to explore human nature rather than a story that is interested in its SF trappings. As such, some SF readers may feel sold short. But not this SF reader. This SF reader is in resonant bits.

Jamie is trapped on a remote planet when the human race is wiped out. The inc
Rachael (RedRchlReads)
Expected publication: June 13th 2017

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

I finished The Space Between the Stars just over two months ago and I've had a hard time sitting down to write a review because I'm really not sure what I think. Overall, it's a solid book, but I had some rather large issues with it. The story starts with the main character, Jamie, waking up after a virus literally burned the majority of the people in the universe to cinders. The virus
The Captain
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: walk-the-plank
Ahoy there mateys. It's time to walk the plank . . .

This was the author’s debut novel and has a wonderful cover but I found this to be an highly disappointing read that never lived up to its promise. The premise is that a woman named Jamie has always felt hemmed in by society and other people, so she flees to the far ends of the universe to live in a colony with few people and a lot of space. Life is working out until a virus devastatingly hits the universe. She believes herself to be the only p
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover is freaking beautiful guys.

I honestly had no high expectations for this book but in the end I definitely fell in love. Man, I love books so freaking much!

The Space Between the Stars was really sad (in some ways). Mostly because it deals with a ont of loss. Besides that you learn to love the characters and just kind of go with the flow throughout the book. Or that could've just been me?

God, I have no idea if I could go through what Jamie did in this book. Knowing that she's broken and
Sheila G
See this full review on my blog along with others at:

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I think I've let this book ferment for long enough. My thoughts have been stirring over the past week about it, and I think it's finally time to sit down and write a review.

I will warn you: this review is going to be longer (maybe less organized) and more honest than most. Some of my personal beliefs and views will be included, so if
Katelyn (Lost as Alice, Mad as the Hatter)
What would you do when you woke up to a dead planet?

Who would you become when faced with extinction?

Who history or belief matter?

People this book is NOT for: science fiction enthusiasts, those who hate (or become offended) when they find themselves listening or involved in theological discussion, people who enjoy complexity in character or plot, and those looking for a dystopian tale set in space.

Whew. Glad we got that cleared up. If you fall into any of the above categories, beware this is p
Chelsies Reading Escape
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
When a virus hits 99% of the population dies leaving the 1% spread out on many different planets all across the universe. Some alone and desprately searching for other survivors. This is a very character driven book with people trying to figure what to do now that they've survived the end of the world. Wanting to make it better than it was. The practical captain Callan decides to pick up a few survivors on the way to the capital planets, one of them being our main protagonist Jamie.

Jamie has a l
☘Tara Sheehan☘
I found the concept of being the survivor of a post-apocalyptic event interesting particularly with the way Anne Corlett writes. It wasn’t just your basic space travel, let’s have some indepth examination of humanity, thing that is often so typical with this genre. Of course there was some of that there because if you’re a love of sci-fi you’ll expect that but there was an emotional depth to her story and characters I hadn’t expected when I began reading. I don’t often go in for this kind of thi ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of these books that traps you with a matter of paragraphs, literally a page in to this beautiful sci-fi I knew I was going to love the story that was unfolding before me. It also reminded me of Firefly and I LOVE Firefly!!

Jamie wakes up alone, she feels like crap but she also feels very much alive which considering the virus which has decimated the population of her known universe is a bittersweet feeling.

Alone on Soltaire, all she wants is to make her way home to Earth and to find
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinion of my review in any way.

I am an emotional reader, which means if a book is well-written, I become deeply invested in the story. When a character is raging, I am raging. When a character is confused, so am I. Haunting and contemplative, The Space Between The Stars, by Anne Corlett, tugged at my soul. This book explores what it would mean for humanity i
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The Space Between the Stars is Anne Corlett's debut novel, combining dystopian sci-fi with a picaresque storyline, with a dose of romance and a touch of mystery added. There is a lot of eschatological table talk and a twisted thriller ending.

A virus has killed humanity across the known universe. Jamie wants to get back home to Earth. She meets up with various survivors: spaceship captain Callen and his sidekick Gracie, and ex-priest Lowry and burned-out scientist Rena, who both had been at a re
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Review originally written for my blog

I received a copy of this from Netgalley to review based just on the "ragtag group of survivors" because I love books centered around that and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I started reading this book before going to bed, and I didn't put it down until I'd finished it because I was enjoying it so much!

The plot follows Jamie and the group of survivors she ends up with that include a former priest, a prostitute, the captain of a ship and an autistic boy. Alo
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Such a lovely read with a great ending!

*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way!*

The Space Between The Stars is an Adult Fiction novel set in a world that has been infected with a virus that is bound to wipe out all of humanity and quite literally turn them into dust. Jamie has seeked space from people all her life and found a new workplace on an almost deserted planet. When she wakes up and finds herself
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an advanced reader's copy.

Utter beauty and excitement and peace. I love this book so much. I am utterly excited for when the book is officially published so I can buy my own copy, and I am now a new fan of this author. I want to read whatever Anne Corlett writes in the future. This book made me happy.
Review to come.

Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


You know the kind of book that you cannot stop thinking about long after you've finished it? Well, that is this book for me. It's also among my favorite books so far this year, so there's that. Here's the thing: it isn't a fully action packed space adventure, so if you're looking for that, this may not be the book for you. But if you are looking for some amazing characters who have t
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Giving this a 2.5 but I feel it deserves to be rounded up to 3.

I have to preface all of this by saying I'm not and never have been someone who enjoys science fiction. Dystopia. Utopia. None of it. My brain doesn't function well with concepts that are outside the realm of reality and I just get lost and confused and annoyed. This is by no means anyone's fault, it is just my preference and the way my brain works, I guess.

I enjoyed this story to a point. What I liked was the philosophical stateme
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2017, sci-fi
3.5 stars. "The Space Between the Stars" is the story of Jamie, a woman who survives an illness that kills 99.9% of humans. Her almost solitary quiet existence on a distant planetary outpost is suddenly too solitary and she finds herself alone and trying to find other survivors. She teams up with a band of survivors who first travel to a planet where they may not be welcome as survivors of the outbreak and there is a plan to repopulate using forced breeding. They eventually travel back to Earth ...more
Lynn Williams
3.5 of 5 stars
The Space Between the Stars is a story concerning one woman’s journey, not just across the stars from A to B but also a search to find herself. As debut novels go I think this is very good. I wouldn’t say it contains much sci fi to be honest and it’s not particularly a story packed with action, it’s more a character study set against a rather grand back drop.

As the story starts we make the acquaintance of Jamie Allenby as she awakens from ill
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