Sky without stars


From Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster

Co-written with 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.

Cover art: Billelis

Map artwork: Francesca Bearald


"Epic tech…immersive world-building…jaw-dropping twists. This brilliant reinterpretation of a beloved classic is not to be missed!"

Marissa Meyer, #1 NYTimes bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles#

"An exquisitely executed reimagining. Sky Without Stars is an explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution."

Stephanie Garber, #1 NYTimes bestselling author of the Caraval series

"Brody and Rendell masterfully craft a new take on an old favorite that’s out of this world… Loved!"

Danielle Paige, NYTimes Bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series

"A plot that never slows. I’ll be first in line for the sequel!"

Brendan Reichs, NYTimes bestselling author of Nemesis

"I inhaled this Les Mis-in-space story and am desperate for more!"
Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish

"Fast-paced, immersive, and imaginative."

About the authors

Joanne Rendell


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

Jessica Brody


Jessica is the author of several popular novels for teens and tweens, including The Geography of Lost Things, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Better You Than Me, and the Unremembered trilogy. She lives with her husband and four dogs  near Portland, Oregon. 

Visit her online at



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