These Broken Stars is the first book in the Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
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 an amazingly written book that switches between the two protagonists Lilac and Tarver. It paces very well and I couldn’t put it down. I love that although they come from two different backgrounds, in the end both Lilac and Tarver work together so that they can survive. Lilac comes from a privledged background while Tarver is now in the limelight for his fighting skills on
The setting of the story is beautifully written and I can imagine myself on the spaceliner. as well as the planet they crash land too. I love the woods and I can imagine the cottage that is describe in the book.
The character development of Lilac throughout the book shows how the experience changes her along with how much she begins to care about Tarver. She also changes from a lady who constantly needs to rely on Tarver, to a lady is confident enough to go off alone and collect equipment to help Tarver and her survive. Although Lilac knows how much she cares about Tarver, it isn’t until the worst happens to Lilac does Tarver realise his feelings.
When the truth about her father comes out, Lilac knows she needs to do something and the pair decide that they will do anything for the truth to come to light.
This is a perfect building romance story with enough twists and turns that keeps you hooked.