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.
These Broken Stars is the sweetest young adult sci-fi romance I have yet to read! This coming from a reader who does not normally enjoy books centered around the romance aspect. But for some reason These Broken Stars simply worked perfectly for me. Perhaps I was going through a batch of heavy reading and this was the lighter fare that I needed. Or maybe it was that the characters were so well written and their sparking chemistry engaging. Whatever the case, it was the perfect read for the mood that I found myself in and I enjoyed it immensely. Saying that I am eagerly awaiting the remaining two love stories in this trilogy would be putting it mildly.
Pitched as ‘Titanic in space’ things start off on a huge ship traveling through space that crashes to an alien world. So seeing as we only spend a scant 50 pages or less on the the ship/crash – I’d say this would be an alternate after story with only two survivors able to successfully break away in their escape pod to the nearby planet. But Lilac and Tarver, a pampered socialite and a decorated war hero, couldn’t be more unhappy about the other person they’ve ended up with for company.
Things unfold between them as they trek slowly across the vaguely familiar yet alien surface of this planet towards the ship’s crash site. These two go through a lot together and I have to say the story is very character driven. So while the planet is an interesting mystery it mostly remains that way due to almost the entirety of the book being devoted to the slow build up between Lilac and Tarver. Some readers might find this to be a negative point but I barely noticed. There are some books where I just want more and more world building background and details – but here I loved exactly what I got instead – young love, against all odds.
Lilac is aggravating, often mean and always difficult and yet she has her reasons. She grows so much over the course of their journey that I really came to adore her by the end, even if she did maintain her amazingly stubborn streak the entire time.
Tarver was/is a dream boat. What young girl wouldn’t love a young and handsome war hero? Uhh, not a one I tell you! It’s as if he walked directly out of the head of every young girl, fully fleshed and ahem…in uniform. His only failing might be that he’s a bit too perfect – but no complaints here.
If you’re looking for a sickly sweet yet heart wrenching YA love story These Broken Stars is definitely the one you want to read.