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.
The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.
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I devoured this book quite quickly. A whirlwind of emotions (the good kind), especially in the last 100 pages.
The concept: One night onboard the Icarus, catastrophe strikes and the luxury space liner is whipped out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive and appear to be alone on this planet.
After reading a summary, I was encouraged to buy the book promptly as I had mixed reviews but mostly positive.
The last part of the book definitely made me enjoy the story overall as I think the authors created a wonderful atmosphere that encouraged the reader to feel as the characters did. Without going to fair into the spoilers, the authors Spooner and Kaufman allow the reader to lose track of time, as do Tarver and Lilac, engulfing us into the story, which I strongly admire.
The world building was interesting yet left me questioning certain things, and at times did not seem realistic, but then again it is fantasy/science fiction novel. People seem to describe this as 'Titanic in space', which I don't like to admit, but it does have similarities. Being that the two protagonists (of whom the chapters switch P.O.V between) are from two different social classes and are brought together, especially in times of tragedy.
Overall this has become a love of mine, and you can not imagine how quick I will to pre-order 'This Shattered World', the sequel that is set in the same world, yet different characters.
I would highly recommend this to people who enjoyed Titanic, but also to people who felt moderate about the film. It is a young adult book with romance through it but not dominating the pages, so if you are going for the science fiction and fantasy side of it, you may still enjoy the setting.
"One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I've ever read."--Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy
Series: Starbound Trilogy
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 25th November 2014
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.47