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.
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.
First off, I just want you to take a second and appreciate this beautiful cover! It's what originally caught my eye, and then I read the synopsis and knew I had to get this one without a doubt. I have been craving a really good novel set in space, and These Broken Stars definitely delivered. I have read Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and while I thought it was a good book, I just felt more meh about it than anything. I still have yet to pick up the last book in the trilogy. However, I couldn't seem to get enough of These Broken Stars.
Let me warn you, though. The immeasurable beauty of this book is nothing compared to the pure transcendence inside the pages.
Even though I adored this book, I had a really hard time getting sucked into it at the beginning. I'm not sure what exactly it was, (maybe the HUGE hype surrounding this book) but I had heard such amazing things about this book that I forced myself to continue. I am so glad that I did, because it simply wowed me!
Af first, I wasn't too sure about the two points-of-view, because if you know me, I have a really hard time connecting to male perspectives, but I got used to it after a little bit. Ironically, I really liked reading Tarver's in the beginning, because I felt that Lilac could get a little annoying, just for the reason that she was so focused on getting everyone's (her father's) opinion. That frustrated me. I wanted her to be the type of girl who didn't care what her father thought of her acknowledging someone who was considered lower class. However, she grew throughout the novel so much that I began to enjoy reading her side of the story instead of Tarver's. This is the type of character growth that every book should strive for!
The world-building is phenomenal in These Broken Stars! I could tell it was very well thought out, and when I read the last lines of the book, it had me begging for more! When I first read it, I was under the impression that it was a standalone. I was SO disappointed, because there is so much of these worlds that has yet to be discovered, and then I found out there are two more novels coming out. Even though, it's technically a trilogy, the next two books are just companions, but I've read that certain characters we've already met will make reappearances so YAY!
Overrall, I really think this is a must-buy for anyone who enjoys Science Fiction or anything to do with space, and even if you aren't one of those people, These Broken Stars is such an enthralling thrill ride with twists and turns that surprise you around every corner! Pick this one up, guys. You won't regret it!
I rated These Broken Stars 4 out of 5 stars, mostly because of the slow build up and how long it took me to completely immerse myself, but this is still one of my new favorites!