Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Date: December 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
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It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
You know those books that stay with you for ages? It’s been a long time between reading this book and writing this review, but the happenings in it are so unique, I’m still thinking about it. Also, every time I glimpse this gorgeous cover, I basically fall in love all over again.
When I heard it billed as ‘Titanic in space’, I was immediately sold. I love it when two people from different classes fall in love—this is basically why I love period dramas. The tension, the initial distaste, the slow realisation and the element of forbidden love are all wonderful.
These Broken Stars delivered all this and more. War hero (and perfectly named) Tarver Merendsen meets heiress Lilac La Roux, daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, onboard the Icarus. As the ship starts to fail, they manage to get into an escape pod together and crash land on a mysterious planet.
It’s almost a book in three parts. The beginning really pulls you into the world and honestly could’ve done with being a bit longer. I loved Tarver and Lilac’s not-so-meet-cute, discovering that empty planets are terraformed by corporations, and seeing all the cool technology you come to expect from science fiction.
When they crash land, These Broken Stars becomes a survival story. Tarver and Lilac are stuck together on this uninhabited planet, trying to make their way through the harsh, jungle-like terrain to get to the Icarus crash site. They have to work together through their initial frustrations with each other, to find food, water and help. Basically, this section was about the banter. The excellent, excellent banter.
Then you have the end, which is spooky and strange, in a good way. The less you know, the better.
I liked the dual narration, and I think having two authors write the book worked in its favour, as I found it easy to distinguish between the two. Tarver is basically a dreamboat. He’s cool, funny, tactical, and considerate. A soldier with a big heart, who can fight with his bare hands and keep you warm at night. Lilac wasn’t a typical spoiled rich girl; she’s courageous, smart and quickly learned to adapt to survive. She also has a real rebellious fire and her skill with electronics was very cool. Their romance developed in a lovely and slow way, with so, so many swoons.
All in all, I highly enjoyed it and I will definitely be reading This Shattered World as soon as I can!
Why you should read it:
- Tarver and Lilac – both excellent characters
- Swoon-worthy, slow burning relationship
- Those delightful in-between chapter flash forward scenes
- More spaceship time!
- Some of the survival story got a little boring
- Still thinking about that ending (do I understand it? don’t I? do I really want to?)