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.Source: Free review ARC provided by the publisher – Disney Hyperion - via BEA
Release date: December 10th, 2013
Review: I admit it. I only read These Broken Stars because Wendy from The Midnight Garden was swooning over Tarver Merendsen. I’m always on the lookout for a GOOD guy, especially in YA, and Wendy did not exaggerate…Tarver is awesome.
Honestly I’m not a fan of the big billowy dress cover, so even though I had the ARC, this book wasn’t at the top of my TBR pile. I’m so glad I moved it up due to Wendy’s rec because Tarver or not, this is one incredible tale.
It is SO hard to find a story that keeps you on your toes and guessing what will happen next. I had all sorts of theories as to what was going on or how things would be resolved and I was only partially right half the time. LOVE that!
These Broken Stars is romance, sci-fi, thriller and survivalist tale all wrapped into one.
Tarver is definitely book boyfriend material but Lilac is his match and more. Their relationship goes from forbidden to combative to passionate and heartbreaking. I thought this was going to be insta-love, and it was to an extent, but Tarver and Lilac have to work for it. The romance does not take over the whole story. I loved both of them equally – whether they were together or apart.
Minor Quibbles: I have to admit that some of the sci-fi aspects went over my head at times but I just went with it and it all fell into place. What a creepy world the authors created! I would formulate my theory of what was really going on only to throw it out the window and have to start again with each new twist.
This story is basically ALL Tarver and Lilac. I loved the intensity it brought but it also left some plot threads underdeveloped. I wish we knew a little more about Lilac’s father in particular. Their relationship and Lilac’s guilt over a previous incident didn’t really make sense to me. I can't say a whole lot more about that without spoilers but her devotion to her father left me scratching my head.
Final thoughts: Romance! Excellent – independent - characters! Creepy cool world! In space! These Broken Stars was a really fun ride full of twists and turns that had me guessing right up until the very end. By the way – that billowy dress on the cover that initially turned me off? It’s perfect and is actually part of the story!