From Simon and Schuster

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Sky Without Stars


Co-written by Joanne Rendell and Jessica Brody, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre.

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.

Three strangers, one shared destiny…

When  the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for  a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years  later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme;  where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets;  where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine  is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal  Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful  man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a  renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus  begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies  and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a  girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground  refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the  planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the  first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

March 2019, Simon Pulse

About Joanne

Joanne Rendell is the author of four novels and holds a PhD in English  Literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids and is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With  her husband and son, Joanne divides her time between New York City and  New Paltz, New York.

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