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These Broken Stars (The Starbound Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I've been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns-this book has it all!"
--Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of Across the Universe
"Kaufman and Spooner's debut collaboration is a stunning, gorgeously imagined romance with epic sweep, brimming with lush detail of setting and intricate character study. It's the kind of read to savor, but the survivalist plotting still rushes the reader to keep turning pages."--Ingram Library Group
*"Lilac and Tarver are characters of depth, complexity, and strength, young people who alternately elicit the reader's admiration, frustration, and sympathy ... a testament to love, loyalty, courage, and the power of good over dystopian greed and perversity."--Booklist, starred review
"The authors begin with star-crossed lovers and a crash-landing survival story but add excitingly original material to these tropes to create a wonderful tale that should appeal to both teen and adult readers."--School Library Journal
"One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I've ever read."--Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B00G65G02A
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 December 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 879 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,504 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lilac and Tarver meet on board a massive luxury spaceliner called the Icarus. The very name should have been a hint to what follows because like Icarus's flight the spaceliner falls apart (melts) when it is yanked out of hyperspace and crashes onto a nearby planet. Lilac and Tarver survive the crash - but they are the only ones to survive. As the spaceliner begins to crack up and fall Tarver and Lilac mange to get into an escape pod and Lilac shows she has a hidden side when she hotwires the escape pod and they are able to successfully launch off the ship. The landing is not gentle and all the communications are ripped off the little pod and the two occupants are banged about. Tarver decides to trek towards the main crash site to see if there are any other survivors and/or send out a distress signal. Tarver and Lilac need to learn to trust each other and work together because something is not quite right on this planet, Lilac hears voices speaking in whispers, sees people who aren't there and has visions. Soon Tarver fears Lilac is going mad - until he succumbs. Eventually they find out the truth behind the whispers and it is quite horrific I can assure you.
Tarver is a real hero, a highly decorated war hero; he is strong, intelligent and knows a thing or two about survival. Lilac is a cashed up member of the beautiful people, decorative but pretty useless; unless it comes to electronics. But there is real growth in her as a character as she evolves from a spoilt complaining socialite trying to walk across rugged terrain in high heels and her tattered ball gown to being a kickass, self-sacrificing woman who wears sensible shoes by the end. The story switches point of view between Tarver and Lilac, each chapter alternating between the two. Between each chapter there are a few snippets of conversation as Tarver is obviously being grilled by military types after the events on the planet. The gist of the interrogation seem to point to the military wanting to know just what information Tarver is hiding - or trying to discover how much he may have seen that the military wants hidden. But nothing is revealed at in the snippets to spoil the story and it is not until the end that you understand what they are trying to discover and why Tarver is remaining quiet. The actual survival part is very good, the romance is not in your face it is merely there simmering behind the survival part. When they first regain consciousness after their crash landing they have no knowledge of what the planet is like. Are their people living here, what life forms are there and can they be eaten - or eat you! Then there are tall pine forests, flat prairies, torrential rain, and chilling snow in the mountains. All have to be overcome with a minimum survival kit.
Quite frankly, THESE BROKEN STARS has it all - action, romance, suspense, pathos and twists and turns that leave you gasping. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy, THIS SHATTERED WORLD, to be released.
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The book alternates its chapters between the male and female leads, Tarver and Lilac, with each speaking in the first person. Each pair of chapters is then followed by a brief series of questions that appear to be Tarver being de-briefed by some sort of military types *after* the mission - and hence it's no spoiler to say that we know from the start that Tarver, at least, escapes the planet.
This is a romance in a sci-fi setting, rather than a sci-fi story with lots of romance. It does have action scenes, and some, particularly the initial disaster, are striking. Other dramas get a bit lost because we hear Tarver and Lilac's thoughts in so much detail, that the action is almost in slow-motion. It also means that we see a lot of the romance developing via the contents of Tarver and Lilac's heads, rather than via interaction and dialogue. I didn't realise I'd miss the emergence of a relationship from an observer's perspective so much. Is there such a thing as knowing too much about your characters?
Now I've had chance to digest the book, enjoyable romance aside, I think the most effective part is those brief pages where Tarver is questioned after the event. Some of the questions are downright creepy and some are peculiar; they allow us to guess more more about the hidden characters, such as Lilac's father, and it's impossible not to dread this sinister man. I guess we'll hear more about him in the next two books in the trilogy.
An additional point: this book actually has an ending, unlike so many YA/paranormal trilogies, where there's a huge cliffhanger at the end, and - if you've bought the book hot off the presses - you then have to wait two years to get the end of the tale. I'm REALLY glad this one doesn't do that.
Publication Date: December 2013
Summary: "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."
This is a beautifully written space opera, with elements of the paranormal. The plot is very much survival-based, and in the course of the novel the relationship between the survivors grows, which makes this book stand out.
The writing is beautiful, the descriptions are exceptionally well done, without any elements of purple prose; it flowed exceedingly well. The romance was well built, and completely believable, although a little overwhelming at times given the environment and the situation.
I wound up liking both of the characters, even if I didn't start off that way. Lilac and Tarver's relationship and its development was the best thing about this book. Lilac's character is a bit annoying in the beginning and, truly, I just wanted to punch her, but in the course of the novel she suffers some major character development.
Even being a great book, I still have reservations about it that, in my opinion, keeps it from being a even greater novel. That includes the slowness of the plot, the unconvincing character of Tarver (even though I love him very much) and the complete lack of world building.
The plot dragged on at times because an overwhelming part of the book is composed of the pair traipsing through an alien planet, trying to survive an unknown environment. The narrative flows well, but Tarver's character isn't as convincing as I would like him to be as the lead male.
Overall, I really, truly enjoyed this book, and it is absolutely in the running for one of my notable reads. Absolutely recommended, and I cannot wait for the next two books in the series.