- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publication date: 12/10/2013
- Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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.
A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
When I first saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to have it. I mean, it's just so pretty!! Also, I'm a sucker for survival stories so that pretty much sealed the deal. Now I know that you have probably heard all of the Titanic in space things about this, but I assure you it's not. Okay, so the beginning is a little, but after that it's definitely a whole other thing. I did find it a bit insta-lovey, but when you are probably the last (or only) people on some unknown planet, with not much hope of being rescued, that's expected. I actually liked it when usually it's quite a turnoff for me. In between chapters, we also get the pleasure of reading snippets of Traver's interrogation. It really intrigued me, and I felt that it worked well with the story rather than disrupting it. I found the world building was done really well, and the character development was amazing. Oh, and it's told in dual POV, which is my favorite!!
I will start with Tarver since really, I think it was more his story than anything. He is the son of a scholar and a poet. He didn't grow up in luxury. Now all of the sudden he is a decorated war hero being followed by the paparazzi and mingling with the elite crowd. He feels completely out of his comfort zone and would rather just be a normal soldier. When the ship goes down and he gets out with Lilac, things are definitely intense. She is daughter of the richest man in the Galaxy, used to luxury and not having to do anything for herself, and now they are on a quest to survive. He is drawn to her, but knows there is no way that someone like him could ever be with someone like her. He is also very frustrated with her. She makes things much harder, and it slows down his progress. I really liked Traver. He was serious, but he was also snarky, fun, sweet, and charming too. He had some of the best lines ever and had me laughing out loud. More than all of that. He is a very caring and sensitive person. I loved being in his head and getting to know him.
Lilac was irritating at first. I was hoping that she would get sucked into a black hole or something. It's not entirely her fault though. That is just how she was brought up. She was so concerned about her appearance, and clothes, and shoes. Oh, and it would be a horror if she had to get dirty. Well, that was only a teeny-tiny part of her. We learn that she is not the prim and proper princess that she comes across to be. Especially faced with survival and finding a way to be rescued. She is much tougher than most people would be, and she is very, very stubborn. She refuses to give up. She also isn't as cold and steely as she appears either. She is actually a broken, sweet, caring person underneath her hard protective shell. I liked seeing the changes in her a lot. She has an immense amount of growth through the story that I thought was amazing. I really loved her by the end of the book.
The romance was fun. They both act like they can't stand each other, they think the other could never like them, but are both falling for each other. They get through most days by being absolute assholes to each other. When they are being nice, the other thinks it's just because of the circumstances. There was a lot of hot and cold between them, but it made sense to the story. If it had been any other way, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it so much.
There were so many times through this book that I found myself almost holding my breath, gripping the book with a bit too much intensity, or had my heart beating out of my chest. There was plenty of action, a lot of tense situations, and of course the characters love/hate thing going on. I think the only thing that I didn't quite like was that we never find out why they live in space on different planets. What happened to Earth? If they have so much technology, why couldn't they go to Earth if something had happened? We don't get any backround information on that, but it didn't affect the story. It's just a thing of mine to want information on why things are the way they are. Overall this was amazing. The authors did a fantastic job. The writing was great and I loved just about everything about it. This is the first of a trilogy of companion novels. I will be looking forward to the other books in this series.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.