Series: Starbound, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Today, I have Amie and Meagan here for an interview!
Hey Amie and Meg! Welcome and thank you for sparing some time to answer my questions.
Hey Mel! Nice place you got here! Ooh, are those Tim Tams…?
1. I heard that you two actually travelled around the world together. Where was the best place you’ve been? Can you name a place that helped inspire you to write These Broken Stars?
We looooove to travel, particularly road trips! One of our favourite trips was in the United States—we saw the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, and we got upgraded to the high rollers suite in Vegas! (Spoiler: we are totally not high rollers!) Some of the incredible landscapes on that trip definitely inspired parts of These Broken Stars, from the towering sequoias to the endless plains. Our favourite place to brainstorm These Broken Stars (and all our books) is a set of hot springs just outside Melbourne. We soak and talk for hours.
2. So what is like to co-write yet still be living on the other side of the world? What were some of the difficulties and how did you communicate (like with the dreaded time differences)?
We’ve been chatting together for so long that we work around the time differences pretty seamlessly these days. We use a combination of gchat, video chat, emails and text messages to make plans, brainstorm and just talk about our days. After being flatmates for so long, we’re still in touch every day about stuff outside writing.
3. Meg, what where some of the things you loved about co-writing that you didn’t get to experience when writing Skylark?
Meg: For me, it’s an entirely different experience, and so much fun. For one thing, whenever I’d get stuck, I could just hand the book over to Amie, and she’d always be able to get it unstuck again. But I think the best part was having someone as intimately familiar with the story and the characters as I was. We were able to come up with ideas together that I never would’ve come up with on my own, and take this book to places a solo book wouldn’t go.
4. You named the spaceliner, Icarus. How does this name tie in with the Greek Myth, Daedalus and Icarus?
Meg’s cat (also called Icarus) is highly suspicious we named the spaceliner after him, but given its eventual fate, we wouldn’t dare. That guy knows how to get revenge. The Greek myth involves the inventor, Daedalus, making wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus, to escape a labyrinth. Icarus, too arrogant to heed his father’s warnings, flies to close to the sun; his wax wings melt, and he falls to his death. We liked the idea of a man—Lilac’s father—so proud that he named the pride of his fleet after the Icarus of legend, thinking that his Icarus would be too mighty to fall. Of course, he was wrong.
5. Who is your favourite character in the book? Name them and describe the twitter style (140 characters or less.)
Lilac and Tarver are too obvious, so we went for Lilac’s father instead—his shadow is long, even when he’s not onscreen. So here we go:
Monsieur LaRoux: Powerful, merciless, ruthless and as rich as God. Do not get in this man’s way, and make sure he gets what he wants.
6. These Broken Stars is a science-fiction work (and romance…gosh I am loving the romance so far—currently reading as I am interviewing you two). What do you love most about this genre?
We love both science fiction and romance, and we definitely wanted to write both. We love the way science fiction lets you take a seed from today’s world and spin it out into an infinite what-if—in science fiction, the sky’s the limit! As for romance? We love a romance that’s a slow, steady burn—Lilac and Tarver are attracted to each other pretty early on, but instalove this is not! Insta-I-can’t-stand-you, perhaps. The romance takes a little longer to deepen, and we admit we do love the stories that have you screaming JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY by the time it happens.
7. Recommendation time: What’s your favourite 2013 release novel?
Oh wow, HUGE question. We couldn’t possibly pick one! We’d recommend THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd, REBOOT by Amy Tintera, RED by Alison Cherry, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke and THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas. And as we write this, CHAMPION by Marie Lu has just released, so we’ll both be disappearing to read that ASAP!
Thanks for stopping, ladies! I can’t wait for everyone else to read These Broken Stars.
Thank you so much for having us!
My review of These Broken Stars can be found here. (4.5 starred review)
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