Tarver Merendson is an eighteen-year-old major who is being celebrated by the rich and famous for his exploits in battle. He’s definitely not from this side of the tracks, but he’s the latest interest-du-jour of those who have never had to do anything a day in their lives. Aboard the Icarus, a spaceship that holds 50,000 passengers, Tarver meets the daughter of the owner of the ship: Lilac LaRoux. Used to being treated as either a stepping-stone to her father or the means to wealth and power, she’s usually very cautious when it comes to forward young men. But this once, she allows herself to lower her walls and let in this man who doesn’t seem to know who she is. How refreshing.
Then the unthinkable happens: the ship is in great danger, and before she knows it, she’s on an escape pod with Major Merendson. They land on a planet that looks like it was deserted in the middle of making it habitable, and together they must try to reach the now-crashed ship and try to alert someone to their location. Will they be able to reach the ship by the time the rescuers come? And will they want to?
So?: I am not usually one to choose books that are the type of science fiction with spaceships, weird planets and strange names. They can be so tiresome, trying to read odd words and having to remember what they all mean. The description of this book sounded like it was going to go a little beyond a straight-forward scifi tale (ie, add a little romance), so I thought it was worth a try. Plus, that cover – amazing.
It was almost steampunk-y, in that the clothing and manners seemed very old-fashioned while the technology was decidedly futuristic. I kind of liked that element, though it can really play with your head and make you have to just go with it.
Yes, this had all of the features that cause me to yawn, and even the main two characters were a little wooden and cold at times. I also kept thinking “Are they ever going to freaking GET THERE?!?” and other variations on that theme. The weird thing is that I kinda liked it. Are they dead? Why does Lilac hear voices? Are they really seeing those things they think they are seeing? Is there a future for them if they are rescued? Is Lilac’s father a Mafia kingpin? How soon will they freaking lock lips already?
I will say that while I did kinda like the story, I had to constantly remind myself that these were two teenagers. I realize this takes place sometime in the future where teens are super mature and are out in the world at 15 (ha!), but seriously, they always sounded 40 – 35, tops. I guess it was because they not only had accomplished so much at such a young age (Merendson), they also didn’t seem to be in school anymore. Plus the tone of the story and the general behavior of the characters was very mature.
The Bottom Line: It’s a companion series, so I just might try the next one and see what happens with our next set of lovers.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was published December 10, 2013 by Disney Hyperion. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Action/Adventure Romance Companion Series
Ages: 14 and up