Series: Starbound #1
Publication Date: November 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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 theyâ€™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 otherâ€™s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonderâ€”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 wonâ€™t be the same people who landed on it.
These Broken Stars was a book that I first heard of last year, with itsÂ great reviews on Goodreads. Ill admit: the cover is what first drew me in and I have to say, the rest of the book doesnt disappoint one bit. I literally just finished reading it and wow, thats practically all I have to say. Also, the FEELSSSSS!
Lilac is every bit the spoiled princess when we (and Tarver) first meet her. As the daughter to the richest man in the world, Lilac knows shes constantly being watchedby other people, the paparazzi, her fatherand so she acts accordingly. However, as the novel goes on, and as Lilac is forced to shed all her conceptions in order to survive, a stunning young woman emerges. furthermore, we get to see a side of Lilac that she hides from the rest of the world: the intelligent, mechanically-adept. There are all these hidden layers to Lilac that made me fall in love with her. Shes weak in the beginning, but by the end of the noveli.e.: when she finally stands up for her fatheryou see this inner strength shinning through.
How do you live again, knowing what waits for you in the end?
Tarver, on the other hand, is the celebrated war hero. Hes a little bit rough around the edges, but like Lilac, he has a heart of gold. I fell in love with Tarver from that very first chapter. Hes every bit the hero, but hes also a wounded soul. As a soldier, hes seen things, done things, and hes experienced immense lost, but hes never let himself break down. Until Lilac. I wont give out any spoilers (what kind of a blogger would I be if I did?) but those low moments completely broke my heart. Kaufman and Spooner: WHY DID YOU DO THATÂ TO ME????
Youre you, he repeats, his eyes full of grief. Youre the same girl who crashed on this planet with me, who I dragged through forests and over mountains, who climbed through a shipwreck full of bodies to save my life. Youre the same girl I loved, and I love you now.
Tarver and Lilacs relationship develops over time in the best possible way. Kaufman and Spooner took their time with these two characters, turning their story into something beautiful and out of this world. They start out disliking each other for different reasons, but as theyre forced to work together to survive in a completely new world, they become an inseparable team.
Whatever theyve done to me, Tarver, whatever I amI love you. Dont forget that.
I absolutely and irrevocably loved the world and the story Kaufman and Spooner created. At first it appears to be just another terraformed planetif abandonedbut soon it turns into this strange, eerie place. Lilac starts hearing whispers and seeing visions and soon Tarver joins in, making them believe theyre going crazy. To be honest, Im still a bit confused about the whispers, but still, I loved (almost)Â every minute of it! (There were a coupleÂ of chapters where I just turned into this mess of a wreck and my God. Thank GodÂ thatÂ passed.)
I am in awe of the feels I got throughout this book. Completely in awe. Kaufman and Spooner: you guys have left me in tears and smiles and I dont know if I should hate or love you. One thing is for sure: I am dyingÂ to read the sequel, This Shattered World, and Ive already gotÂ This Night So DarkÂ waiting for me on my phone. (BTW: This Night So Dark is free on Amazon, B&N and iBooks!).Â These Broken Stars was everything I was expecting: an otherworld so distinct that came to life on its own, two amazing, well-developed characters, and a love story out of this world.
For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then its gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.
Until all thats left is us.