Chasing the Stars (Hardback)
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Hardback 496 Pages / Published: 21/04/2016
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Shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017

Explaining her inspiration for the new book, Malorie says: “I have wanted to write a story inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello for quite some time – it is my favourite of his plays, full of twists and turns – but, of course, I wanted to do it my way. I’ve always been a huge fan of all types of science fiction and I loved the idea of Othello set in outer space, with Othello as a teenage girl! That’s how the idea for Chasing the Stars was born. It has been such fun as well as a real challenge to write. I am excited to see it released into the world; to talk to readers about it and to hear what they think.” 


Synopsis


Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth 
following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety. 
 
Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. 
But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed.
Only a few survive.
 
Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Vee are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced.
 
But not everyone is happy. And surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?
Drawing on Othello for inspiration, Malorie Blackman entwines mystery thriller, heart-rending love story and space adventure. 

"...inspired, in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year, by Othello — although the Othello figure is a teenage girl who captains a spaceship…This is confident sci-fi saturated with emotional intensity' - The Sunday Times

Children’s Laureate from 2013–15 Malorie Blackman has written more than sixty books and alongside being a Waterstones reader’s favourite, is one of the most influential children’s writers writing today. Her novels include the bestselling Noughts and Crosses, Pig Heart Boy and Boys Don’t Cry

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780857531414
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 773 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Malorie Blackman has a nature affinity for space tales and this shines through in her bold new novel . . . The ensuing gripping story has plenty of strong emotions to play with: love, hate, fear, jealousy and more than a dash of betrayal. It's a stylish tale and one ripe for a sequel * Telegraph *
It all builds up to a terrific climax, the plotted emotions and action coming together in scenes of great tension . . . Chasing the Stars goes boldly where few YA titles have gone before: never before have I come across a book that's a combination of Star Trek, Ten Things I Hate About You and a murder mystery. What's not to like? -- Tony Bradman * Guardian *
Full of nail-biting adventure, interstellar conflict and then passion . . . keeps us guessing to the last.This is confident sci-fi saturated with emotional intensity -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times - Children's Book of the Week *
The former Children's Laureate is never afraid to tackle challenging issues . . . a thrilling love story * Mail on Sunday - Children's Book of the Month *
This is storytelling on a grand scale, with love, danger, treachery, jealousy and tragedy . . . I read it in two breathless sittings and I absolutely loved it -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller *

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“So many feels”

I received this as a proof and I was very excited to read it, I'd heard many great things about Malorie Blackman and I've not yet got round to reading anything of hers so this copy sent to me was a perfect... More

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“A beautiful inspired piece of science fiction. ”

The story is very loosely based on Shakespeare's Othello but all the key themes are present. Even if you've never read Othello you can still enjoy this as a well written piece of YA fiction. The character... More

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“An imaginative reworking ”

So this is a gender-swapped retelling of Othello....where othello is captaining a spaceship. The entire premise for this is incredible and Malorie Blackman just has a way of inventing worlds that are amazing. I loved... More

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