I have always had a fascination with space. I think this started when walking through the small town, I grew up in with my family and we would point out the star constellations. For me, space helps to put my life into perspective, my life is just one part of this entire universe so it helps my worries seem smaller and also logically means I am never alone in how I am feeling. Does anyone else feel this way about space?
Anyway, in this post, I want to share with you some of my favourite space-themed books.
Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
I found this gem in my local library and was drawn in by the beautiful cover! It was one of the first books that made fall in love with space-themed book.
The author Katie Khan instantly had me hooked as the story starts with Carys and Max floating in space with limited air supplies working out what to do next. A surely disastrous situation right from the start. Throughout the story, Carys and Max discussed how their relationship developed. Allowing me to really connect to both characters and emotionally invested in their relationship. They both come from different backgrounds Max worked in a store and Carys is a trainee pilot.
They face challenges and near misses whilst floating in space which they have to work together to solve. Again showing the strength of their relationship. The ending is poignant and shows true sacrifice for those you love.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Another space-themed gem I found in my local library. Romy Silvers is the first human to be born in space as her parents travel to earth two which has a 99.999% chance of sustaining life. Following a tragic accident, she is left alone on the Infinity to man the ship. Her only contact is with Molly, her psychologist based on Earth until she is told a new ship Enternity is going to join her ship and merge.
She makes contact with Jay on the Eternity ship and they discuss everything from what is happening to her family to changes happening back on Earth. However, in a shocking twist, Jay is not who he said he was, suddenly Romy is left fighting for her life.
This story was gripping and I felt so invested in Romy not only did I want to protect her I was also in admiration of her strength (when dealing with a family loss) and knowledge (when managing the ship alone and defending herself. I am gutted there isn’t another book so I can continue to see how she develops. Basically, I think she is a badass woman with a strong developing character.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
As I touched on I have always enjoyed learning about space and who better to learn from that Stephen Hawking himself! I was a bit apprehensive to read this book as I worried the language and concepts would be too daunting for me but I was pleasantly surprised.
Don’t get me wrong the concepts discussed in this book are complex (I will probably have to reread this book a few more times to understand everything) but Hawking uses simple language and takes the reader on a journey through space discovery. Allowing the reader to understand how our understanding of the universe has evolved and the links between current research and previous research.
In a way, this book brought me comfort. The idea that the universe is constantly changing and expanding provides comfort that even on a big scale nothing ever stays the same. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has even a slight fascination with the universe.
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
I brought this book as Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time so I was instantly intrigued to see how that story would apply to a modern almost futuristic environment. Much like Jane the main character Stella is an orphan who is also a teacher (and engineer) who wants to move away from her current job. She also enjoys painting like Jane does and uses it to show her personal fears and dreams.
In this book, Earth has been abandoned due to a large volcanic eruption creating a permanent ice age. Earth has then been divided into ships, she is on the poorer ship and the Rochester (like in Jane Eyre) is one of, if not the wealthiest ship. Jane Eyre moves to Rochester to become an engineer and tutor for a girl on board the ship. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil the book!
Much like Jane Eyre, Stella has a strong yet nurturing character who just wants to do what is right and is able to stand her ground. I have to say I loved Burning Brightly just as much, if not more than Jane Eyre. I think this is partly due to the simpler language but also the updated version means Rochester is a more relaxed caring character and their love develops over time. Even though this book is based on Jane Eyre there were still some unexpected turns which kept me on my toes. I read this whole book in one train journey (about 3 hours) and loved every second of it.
What is your favourite space-themed book? I am always looking for a new book to add to my never-ending reading list.