Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney Electronic Content
Published on December 10th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Romance, Young Adult
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.
When reading dystopian/utopian novels, I notice that there are several similarities amongst them. One of the things that I noticed from this book is its similarity from The Hunger Games’ Capital, where people have physical enhancements to look beautiful.
Blue eyes. They go with the dress. Do lashes grow that long naturally? So many perfect faces, it’s hard to tell who’s been surgically altered and who hasn’t. But surely if she’d had work done, she’d have opted for a straight, classically beautiful nose. No, she looks real. – Tarver
It took me four chapters before the story caught on me. I almost put it down, but I decided to stick it out and I’m glad I did. I don’t usually read a book because of its raving reviews, I try to get into it with an open mind. I kept thinking that I was reading about teens, but their thoughts and actions seemed much older, like in their late 20s. I guess when you live in a dystopian world, people mature much faster. Those were my first impressions on Tarver and Lilac. And this book was told in Tarver and Lilac’s first person perspective. I loved that they have distinct and strong voices. It wasn’t hard distinguishing who’s who, even without the headings on each chapter.
This was like the Titanic. Sort of. But in space! Boy meets girl. Girl’s insanely rich. Boy is not from a prominent family. Girl’s daddy is mighty powerful, and can order the death of any boy who doesn’t measure up for his girl. Girl falls for boy, boy loves the girl. You know the rest! But what I didn’t expect was the intense dynamics between Tarver and Lilac. Albeit there was initial physical attraction, their romance was slow building.