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Our Child of the Stars

Stephen Cox

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

With the warmth of The Snow Child, the otherworldly storytelling of The Humans and the innocent wonder of ET, Our Child of the Stars is the perfect novel for our time: the story of a lost child, the family who try to protect him, and the secret that refuses to stay hidden . . .

'Strong and generous' Daily Mail

'Big-hearted' Financial Times


'Wholly fresh and intensely gripping' Juliet McKenna

Molly and Gene Myers were happy, until tragedy blighted their hopes of children. During the years of darkness and despair, they each put their marriage in jeopardy, but now they are starting to rebuild their fragile bond.

Then the Meteor crashes into Amber Grove, devastating the small New England town - and changing their lives for ever. Molly, a nurse, caught up in the thick of the disaster, is given care of a desperately ill patient rescued from the wreckage: a sick boy with a remarkable appearance, an orphan who needs a mother.

And soon the whole world will be looking for him.

Cory's arrival has changed everything. And the Myers will do anything to keep him safe.

'Part ET, part Wonder, part Snow Child, it has the same combination of science fiction and heart-tugging tenderness that Stephen King does so well' Grazia

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Praise for Our Child of the Stars

  • This strong and generous first novel wears its heart on its sleeve and embeds all the thrills and chills in credible human, and non-human, emotions - Daily Mail

  • A pleasing, big-hearted read, its late-1960s setting well evoked - Financial Times

  • Sympathetic characterisation and fine storytelling . . . What makes this such a satisfying read, apart from the thrillingly rendered chase (and the refreshing notion that not all aliens are bent on inimical invasion), is the characterisation of Molly and Gene, a childless couple given this one miraculous chance to show love for an adopted son. This is an optimistic take on the ET theme, done without the schmaltz of the film - Guardian

  • Part ET, part Wonder, part Snow Child, it has the same combination of science fiction and heart-tugging tenderness that Stephen King does so well - Grazia

  • An endearing story well told and I would recommend it as an uplifting tale to read on a dark and stormy winter night - My Weekly

  • Cox takes a straightforward SF idea and turns it into something wholly fresh and intensely gripping. A tightly personal story draws readers deep into a couple's struggle to protect an innocent caught up in (literally) world-shaking events. By looking back to the '60s space race, and what might have been, Cox invites us to muse on events and ideas that have shaped the societies we live in today, and asks us where we might want humanity to go - Juliet McKenna, author of the No.1 bestselling The Green Man's Heir

  • A powerful combination of warm-hearted hope and steely-eyed realism . . . Idealism collides with harsh reality, hope battles violence and a family desperately tries to hold on . . . A heartfelt, richly imaginative and gripping story - SciFiNow

  • I dare anyone not to fall in love with the Meyers family . . . I could gush about this book forever, so I am just simply going to say, go read it. Read this beautiful, wonderful book - Angie Groves, Waterstones Blackpool

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Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox was born in the USA and now lives in London with his partner of twenty years. A father to two children, he has worked for various not-for-profits, most notably for twelve years with Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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