Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 374 pages
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Series: Starbound #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
These Broken Stars was one of the last books I've read in 2013 and it was awesome to end the year with such an excellent novel.
Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen were both on board the Icarus, a luxury spaceliner. Lilac was the daughter of the Icarus' owner and Tarver was a decorated soldier from a middle-class family. The first time the two of them met, they both came away with less than favorable impressions of each other. But when the Icarus ran into mysterious trouble, they found themselves on the same pod, and after crash landing on an strange uninhabited planet, they have to work together to find if there were other survivors and to find rescue.
Readers get to know Lilac and Tarver really well because the novel is written in a dual narrative, which I really appreciated. I loved having insight to both characters and I became really invested in both of them. I especially enjoyed Lilac's growth in the novel. As a pampered heiress, she was no damsel in distress. She was determined to keep up with Tarver as they navigated through the rough terrain, in a ball gown (see book cover) and high heels no less! Tarver, a seasoned soldier, was at his element, having the skills in survival but he had his own challenges. Both characters were endearingly flawed and I rooted for them both.
Crash landing on a deserted planet, for a huge chunk of the novel it was just the two of them--they struggled, they fought with each other, they triumphed and they slowly grew to like, respect and eventually fall in love. I love how their relationship developed, the chemistry between them and the slow burn of their falling in love. Although the time frame was only about few weeks, with everything they went through, their love was believable and beautiful.
The world building was excellently done as well. I could clearly picture the world the authors created in my head--the luxurious spaceship, the mysterious planet's varied terrains, the eerie crash site when Lilac and Tarver reached it, among others. It sort of played like a movie in my head in Avatar-ish quality.
Once I started reading These Broken Stars it was hard to stop. The story, fraught with danger, survival and action, was very addicting. The novel was excellently written with distinctive characters, great world building and a beautiful love story. As soon as I finished reading it, I had the urge to read it again because I was not ready to leave Lilac and Tarver behind just yet. I was so happy to learn that there will be companion novels to follow up These Broken Stars. Pick this novel up--These Broken Stars is not to be missed!