“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13138635-these-broken-stars?ac=1)
First off, I have to say this book has a beautiful cover! And it’s a good read to boot!
The story is told under two different POVs, and every chapter ends with an interrogation snippets. I’ve read several reviews stating that they didn’t like those snippets, but I loved them, as they play their role in the story. The plot has several elements, from star-crossed love (which is done just right), to struggling to survive to mystery.
At first, Lilac came across as a spoiled heiress, and I felt sorry for Tarver to have to drag her all over the place. At first, I thought her behavior was annoying, but then I realized that when we go through drastic events, we tend to cling to what we know. And that’s what Lilac does, at first. So I couldn’t grudge her for it. But then, she begins to change, to grow up. It comes slowly, but at the end, she is no longer a spoiled heiress, but a woman who knows what (or who) she wants and is determined to fight for it.
Tarver also changed, but not as much as Lilac, in my opinion. While Lilac grew up and matured, I’d say that Tarver softened, little by little, which he needed. It was also really nice to see their relationship evolve.
As for the plot, it was really compelling. As many reviewers have already pointed out, there is a resemblance to Titanic. There is quite a crash (which was really well done!). But as both Tarver and Lilac survive, it no longer resembles the story of Titanic. My one issue with the plot was the real identity of the whispers. At points, it was a bit too much and I much preferred the first hypothesis Tarver and Lilac came up with.
In spite of this issue, it still was a really good read, and I’m definitely going to read the next one in the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5