The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett
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 a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit…
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be.
Jamie wakes up after getting over a virus, to discover everyone gone. The virus had a very low survival rate. Jamie’s sanity is threatened when finally she discovers other survivors. And Jamie immediately holds onto the slim chance that her ex has survived.
This novel wasn’t quite what I expected. I thought it’d be a space opera either heavy on the romance or adventure. Instead, The Space Between the Stars is a thought-provoking, tense story. As survivors search for the familiar and try to get home to Earth. There is quite a bit of suspense, drama, and a bit of romance in this engaging read. And events build to a surprising and stirring finale.