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The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the The Universe After series.

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Galactic civilization has collapsed, due to the pulse, a secret super-weapon gone awry. Amidst the general chaos, the galaxy’s only hope is special children with psi-powers which can counteract the pulse. Ace pilot and soldier Jane Kamali’s job is to find these kids and to bring them back to the secret base at Sanctum. Too bad the hideous Paxs want these kids too — to turn them into weapons in the Pax’s war for galactic domination. The Stars Now Unclaimed is good old-fashioned science fiction, chock-full of exciting fighting sequences in space and on the ground, with awesome aliens, robots, and animal predators, and with a high-paced plot that grabs you from the get-go. Loads of fun. – Guest Reviewer David Joslin


Drew Williams's The Stars Now Unclaimed, the first volume of The Universe After series, is a fun, adventure-filled space opera set in a far-future galaxy.

"The only thing more fun than a bonkers space battle is a whole book packed with bonkers space battles. Come for the exploding spaceships, stay for the intriguing universe."Becky Chambers, author of A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that's just the beginning . . .

About the Author

Drew Williams has been a bookseller in Birmingham, Alabama since he was sixteen years old, when he got the job because he came in looking for work on a day when someone else had just quit. Outside of arguing with his coworkers about whether Moby Dick is brilliant (nope) or terrible (that one), his favorite part of the job is discovering new authors and sharing them with his customers.

Drew is the author of The Universe After series, including The Stars Now Unclaimed.

Praise For…

"[A] dazzling debut . . . not to be missed."—Booklist, starred review

"The only thing more fun than a bonkers space battle is a whole book packed with bonkers space battles. Come for the exploding spaceships, stay for the intriguing universe."—Becky Chambers, author of A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

"Pirates, smugglers, soldiers, spies, snarky spaceships, and really big guns . . . and that's just the first chapter. The action gets bigger, the stakes get higher, and I loved it!"—Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

"Robot priest. Yeah, you could read this book for the engrossing worldbuilding or for the fascinating characters, but all I needed was ROBOT PRIEST."—Mur Lafferty, author of Six Wakes

"A non-stop SF actioner, The Stars Now Unclaimed is a rollercoaster of a read and thoroughly enjoyable debut."—Jamie Sawyer, author of The Lazarus War

“A total blast to read.”—Rob Boffard, author of Tracer

"What happens when you put a war-weary soldier, an AI preacher and a telekinetic girl on the same ship? You end up saving the galaxy, or a small part of it, anyway. Williams's debut novel The Stars Now Unclaimed is a massive, galaxy-spanning tale of war, betrayal, friendship, and the kind of commitment people make to a better future even at the cost of their own lives. You don't want to miss this amazing, kickass book." —K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne

"Jane Kamali is a kick-ass heroine who gets the job done and never loses her sense of humor . . . The action is non-stop, and filled with brilliant and unexpected laugh-out-loud moments. The Stars Now Unclaimed is a sci-fi thrill ride from start to finish."—Catherine Cerveny, author of The Rule of Luck

"The Stars Now Unclaimed is a fast, fun, and heartfelt adventure through a truly unique universe. From the first page to the last, it's impossible to put down."—K.S. Merbeth, author of Bite

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250186119
ISBN-10: 1250186110
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: August 21st, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: The Universe After