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Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: From Publisher
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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.
‘Titanic in space’, that’s what I heard about These Broken Stars before I opened up a copy for myself. And in ways, it really was. Our main characters, Lilac and Tarver, are from two different worlds yet there is a spark between them as they meet on board the spaceliner, Icarus. But something happens to take down that ship and when they crash on a planet all alone, they have to lean on each other to survive.
There is so much about this plot that worked tremendously for me. From the vivid crash, to the witty banter between Tarver and Lilac, surviving the elements, the addition of an intelligent life, and an interesting twist. It was one exciting and new thing after another! I must say, this one twist FLOORED me. Like, whaaaaaat just happened? I’m equal parts weirded out and amazed by it and when you read it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It came out of left field and I always enjoy when a book can really surprise me.
The science fiction elements were spot on. It was very futuristic and some elements were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Some might find the middle to be a bit slow as the focus is on the trek across the planet and the characters trying to find ways to survive, but I’m the type of person who finds that sort of thing fascinating so it didn’t bother me in the least.
Now on to the romance. Guys, I love some UST (unresolved sexual tension) and there was plenty here! Tarver and Lilac are like star-crossed lovers. She’s rich and has a strict dad that doesn’t allow romance in his daughter’s life and will do anything necessary to ensure that. Tarver is a celebrating hero from the military and even though sparks ignite right from their first meeting, they push each other away. Well, she pushes him away for his own good, really. And though that can often be annoying, it wasn’t so much here because it was right from the beginning.The coming back from that makes it all worth it though! The relationship blossoms and their connection is palpable.
“And Lilac, I was right. Forget everything else. Forget everyone else. You’re exactly my kind of girl.”
Overall, a wonderful read and a series I expect so much more from! Can’t wait to see what these authors do next!