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.Expected publication date: 10/12/13
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.
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Despite not having much luck with YA books set in space I was really excited about These Broken Stars. With the glowing reviews, gorgeous cover, and intriguing premise how could I not be?
Ultimately what let me down was the characters and romance. Lilac and Tarver felt like card board cut outs, and the romance between them was the love/hate kind. If done well this kind of romance can work (e.g. Forsaken by Jana Oliver and Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot), but unfortunately it just wasn't the case here. I wouldn't call it insta-love, but upon meeting each other there is an immediate attraction between them. However, to keep Tarver at a distance and to cover her attraction towards him Lilac acts like a snob, and he in turn pretends to hate her back, because he's not going to admit to being attracted to a spoiled rich girl. Their contest internal lust for each other paired with their outward hate left me feeling annoyed and uninterested in their romance.
I think plenty of people will enjoy TBS, but because I didn't feel invested in the romance or connected to the characters I'm not one of them.