by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by DIsney-Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: From the publisher for review
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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.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one! We did get off to a rough start, when the “titanic in space” references were far too present. Lower class boy from lower deck falls in love with elite girl from the upper decks and then the most advanced/largest spaceship ever crashes. I was seriously waiting for Tarver and Lilac to run down a hallway to find an escape pod and see a band playing until the ship’s very last moments. But rest assured that those titanic references die out very quickly after the first few chapters and this is actually a very sweet & intense survival story.
At the heart of this novel is the budding romance between Lilac and Tarver and despite the situation they were thrust into I appreciated how organically the romance flourished. These two aren’t jumping each other’s bones right off the bat and Tarver constantly fights his feelings because he knows that a girl like Lilac would never go for him in any other situation. It could have easily became a romance of opportunity and therefore one that I didn’t believe but it grows really slow and we see a whole new side of Lilac once they crash land. Her transformation was immense and shows that people aren’t always what they seem at first glance. Seeing her get her hands dirty and work with circuitry as well as she did was great, I was so happy that she wasn’t portrayed as simply a helpless girl, she really pulled her weight.
Pulling her weight wasn’t the easiest thing because she is plagued very early on in the novel with visions that are quite frightening. She begins hearing voices and they seem to be leading Tarver and Lilac somewhere. The way these little details were scattered in the novel had me dying to find out what was going on in this world that they landed in. The level of mystery throughout the story was awesome and really made it something that was hard to put down at any time. Also making it hard to put down was simply the journey itself. They were constantly finding new elements that were getting in their way and going through some really rough terrain.
With that stunning cover I was a little worried that this one would be a huge disappointment (which happened far too much this year) but I think this is one that no one should miss. The only reason this one isn’t garnering a full 5 stars is because it didn’t really pull its weight in the feels department, but it was still really good. Full of mystery, great character development and a truly sweet romance, These Broken Stars is sure to please a lot of readers.