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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The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
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 to 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 in this place 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.
I’m rather surprised by These Broken Stars. Sure, I expected it to be downright amazing but I never knew that it could be this amazing. Beautiful. Heart-warming. Gorgeous. Exquisite. Anymore synonyms for beautiful and hurry-up-and-read-this?
“She’s not looking at me and seeing a guy brought up on the wrong type of planet. She’s not seeing a soldier, or a war hero, or an uncultured lout who doesn’t understand how hard this is for her, or an idiot who knows nothing about the right kind of anything.
She just sees me.”
Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest man in the universe, she doesn’t get her hands dirty and only ever seems to worry about her appearance. Taver Merendsen is nothing compared to Lilac–he is a young war hero. Yet when a catastrophe strikes and Lilac and Tarver seem to be the only survivors that crashed onto a planet they’ve never set foot on before. From there on, they need to learn to trust each other and fight against seemingly unlikely antagonists they would have first believed. The journey for help never seemed so long until now.
I did not like Lilac at all in the beginning of These Broken Stars, she’s a little typical and oblivious, hidden in her cocoon of wealth. Nevertheless soon later we discover more about Lilac’s past and her rich family. We see her in her darkest moments on the planet. We see her slowly learn some survival skills. We see her fall in love with Tarver. And then, without knowing it, we begin to love Lilac’s character. She’s running in the rain–something she never had seen before–in a big fancy dress, running away from the madness that whispers in her brain. In many ways, Lilac is a strong protagonist, just not exactly the same way we perceived in other science-fiction novels. But above all, I loved Tarver the most. He does have a little bit of snark up his sleeve but he knows what to say out loud and what to keep in his brain. Tarver’s charisma is careful, loving and selfless. Plus, he knows how to survive in all types of terrain and how to escape from several wild predators. A gentleman and wildman mixed together if you think about it…
Even though These Broken Stars is a science-fiction novel, it is more prominently a love story with two people from two people with completely different pasts. A little bit typical but the setting and way it was developed was truly magnificent and swoon-worthy. If romance has never been your cup of tea, I still believe this could work out nicely. Lilac and Tarver need to learn to rely and help each other, trust and look out for each other. There’s a little hesitition from both the two to coperate but slowly, Lilac and Tarver begin to realise that they’d be totally dead if they didn’t have one and another. They are both survivalists, just in their own ways.
Another key point to why These Broken Stars was so different to every other science-fiction love story out there: the writing. I have never ever ever read such beautiful sentences. It has a unique vibe about it, I cannot exactly what vibes it gave me but there was a hint of a fairytale-ness in there. Which worked easelessly. Also, those interrogation chapters were the best. They were short, a little confusing but we get to understand more of what’s happening the further we go into the story.
Cleverly written and a beautifully drawn story, with even better characters, These Broken Stars is one for everyone to try out. An almost flawless read.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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