by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Published: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Science Fiction/Ya Lit/Romance/Dystopia
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
This book broke. my. heart. then put it back together. To quote from my last status update on Goodreads: “That wrecked havoc with my emotions.” I’m sort of picky with the sci-fi books that I read, but this was my favorite, hands down!
There were so many things I loved about this book, from the writing to the plot to the characters, it was so enthralling. I loved how there was a back and forth between Lilac’s and Tarver’s POV, without repeating information but instead carrying on the plot. I thought it was very well done. I also loved the one page POV of Tarver’s interrogation before each chapter—I thought that added extra tension to the story.
The character development was probably the best thing about this book, however. I loved Tarver from the beginning. Honestly, can I have him? Pretty please? Lilac, however, took a while for me to like. I thought she was a little snobbish, a little mean, and not terribly likable. As the story progressed, she showed this inner strength and intelligence that she had to hide behind a facade because of her status and who her father was. She and Tarver quickly became my OTP, and let me just tell you, there was a moment when I dropped the book in horror and was basically pulling my hair out. If you’ve read this book, you probably know which part I am referring to. If you haven’t, I’ll be here to hold your hand when you finally read it. (Thank you Summer, for letting me rant to you!)
This was me:
I can’t say enough about this book. I need the second book, This Shattered World, like now, even though it will break my heart even worse than These Broken Stars, apparently.
I was scared of having you, then losing you again. But it would be worth it a thousand times over. -pg. 255