Gah, this book!
Okay, I know that is possibly the worst review ever but those were pretty much my thoughts while reading because this book was simply ah-mah-zing. (RIP Happy Endings) When I read the recommendation, "If you are a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you will love this book," I was all, sign me up.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Can we pause to soak in how gorgeous the cover is?
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. The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.
The creativity. The world building. The plotting. The characters. All flawless. At the beginning of the book I had no use for Lilac and by the end, I loved her. With many books you can see the ending coming from a mile away and I had no idea where Kaufman was going to take the story. If you are a HEA reader, I don't want to spoil the ending, but if you shoot me an email I will let you know whether Lilac and Tarver have their happy ending.
I think readers of all ages -- from teens to adults -- will enjoy this book. While romance is a definite part of the book, it is very fade to black when it comes to sex scenes, to the point that it is left to there readers imagination whether they even happen. Another reviewer called it "Titanic in Space" and while I see parallels, I loathe "Titanic" and consider this to be much better. It was one of those books that I could not put down, but once it was over I felt sorry for whatever I read next -- because there was no way it would measure up.
Read this book. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. I give "These Broken Stars" the elusive 5/5 basset hounds: