These Broken Stars follows the story of Lilac and Tarver as the luxury spaceliner they inhabit crashes leaving only them alive. But as it turns out surviving the crash was only half the problem, the planet they have crashed on seems to play with their minds, making them question each other and everything around them.
Lilac and Tarver have only meet once before the crash and they definitely did not get on. So they could probably have hoped for a better companion on a mysteriously deserted planet, unfortunately you just end up with who you end up with when your luxury spaceliner is pulled out of hyperspace and tears in two. Tarver doesn’t like Lilac’s upperclass snobbery and Lilac dislikes Tarver’s tendency to get closer to her then protocol should call for, but both are quickly learning there is no protocol when you are all alone on a planet with no way of getting home, even for a soldier and the heiress to the universe’s wealthiest company.
The mystery element of this novel, along with the gradual build up from annoyance to admiration to full on love from what are basically our only two characters, were what kept me going. This novel is wrapped up in what looks like a cute little space romance story cover, but it couldn’t be more misleading. This book is actually quite gritty, with the unavoidable aspect of the death of the other spaceliner guests and some completely unexpected plot twists. I actually sobbed at one point, full on sobs. I wasn’t expecting an emotional reaction to this book at all, but I shouldn’t have underestimated it.
I also really enjoyed the writing style, and felt that seeing from both Lilac’s and Tarver’s point of view worked amazingly well, as well as the ongoing interrogation scenes which almost drove me insane with trying to work out what was going on. Being able to see from both POVs made the book way more complex then having a third person point of view would have, it allowed much more insight into the ongoing mystery of the planet and things they are keeping from one another.
I’m giving this book 4 ice creams out of 5
Overall this book a was a surprise because I wasn’t expecting to be so amazed, and yet I was. I went into this book thinking it would be like a space version of the Titanic, and whilst it initially has clear links to that premise, it breaks them rather quickly and establishes its own plot and does it so well. The only reason it isn’t 5 stars is because the ending was a rushed, and I had to reread it a few times to understand it at all, but I was still happy with the conclusion.
One thing to note is that it’s been a month since I finished this book and there are still parts of it I think about all the time