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.
As with most books, I read them knowing very little and sometimes I don’t even read the entire blurb, sometimes it’s just the first line and that’s it. What I look for are: what genre or sub-genre does it fall in to on Amazon and the average rating.
These Broken Stars had an average of 3.97 stars on goodreads which is really good and on Amazon it falls under Science Fiction and Fantasy. In my book it’s all one big WIN.
It started off slow and had a hard time connecting with Lilac and Tarver. Not to mention, the beginning felt a bit insta-lovey which is a complete turn off to me and sometimes it’s difficult for me to overlook. And when I say insta-lovey, I mean that they have this attraction to each other immediately but they don’t act on it because of politics. *sigh of relief* Thank goodness. Also, it’s light on the element of sci-fi.
But on the flip-side…I really loved this book.
Let me explain.
Think Titanic meets Castaway meets 2001: A Space Odyssey because once I became engaged in this story, that’s how it played out in my head.
One of the best parts of the book is being stranded on an alien planet! Both Tarver and Lilac became unlikely partners because they had to flee the unsinkable Icarus. They didn’t want to but ultimately they had to rely on each for their survival. It’s that very journey of survival that I absolutely enjoyed.
And lastly, I loved the bit about the whisperers. That gave me anxiety and kept me on the edge of my seat every time they made their presence known. *shudders*
“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 it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.
Until all that’s left is us.”
At the end of TBS there’s a preview of This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) and OHMAGAWD it’s gonna be good. Quite possibly even way better than this one!