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.
(blurb from amazon)
These Broken Stars begins as a sci-fi space novel, and ends up being a survival adventure between two star-crossed lovers. Needless to say, I absolutely adored every single word of it.
This was one of these books I absolutely couldn't put down, and at the same time I tried to read it as slowly as I could, dreading the moment when it would be over. I loved the slow-burn of the romance, which was tantalizingly building between the two main characters, keeping me guessing until the very end. I loved the character developement, and I was fascinated by the slow reveal of the backstory, which was being revealed part by part and not given in an overload of info at the beginning. The book at first had that lush, Fitzerald feel of a Great Gatsby party and that sort of thing. It was also reminiscent of the stable-boy falling for the princess from afar romance plot.
But as soon as the pace took off, the novel took on an entirely different direction -and that's what made me fall in love with it, after all.
First of all, I couldn't wait to read the next in-between chapter. The in-bewteen chapters are like one or two pages of an interview, in which we're not told who is speaking. We don't know who is asking the questions and who is answering, but pretty soon we can guess. It was written with so few words and that was part of its charm. The word I'm looking for here is intelligent. It was ingenious. I'm right on the verge of spoiling everything here, so I won't say anything else, just that it was the smartest way of keeping the reader informed and helping them understand the past of the characters, as well as their private thoughts without boring them to death with an info dump that seems so popular with ya books these days.
Then the survival struggle started. I love these types of stories, where the stakes are life and death, but also from the adventure of surviving comes character developement and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around surrounding the characters. They also have to rely upon each other for most of it, and that's the start of their relationship.
Then start the swoony scenes...
I just loved this book and I can't wait for the next one to arrive (I've prerdered it). It was one of the most fun, exciting reads with a swoonworthy hero and a tough heroine, complete with adventure and breathtaking romance.
Has anyone else read it? Please share your thoughts in your comments. Did you love it? Were you wondering if it's the best thing that's ever happened to ya literature and now you're convinced and are running to the closest bookstore to buy it? Please share!
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