These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
War hero Major Tarver Merendsen is invited to a party aboard Icarus, a massive luxury space liner on its first voyage. Feeling out of place in a party attended by the famous and the rich, he finds solace when he meets a young, beautiful woman who he thinks might be different from the fake, pompous, rich people - only to find out that this woman is Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the richest man in the universe.
Things turn to worse as Icarus is taken out off the hyperspace and Tarver bumps into Lilac as they start evacuating. The two managed to escape Icarus - only to crash to a nearby planet.
With no one but each other to survive, Lilac and Tarver embark on the greatest adventure of their lives.
It's Titanic in space! Or that's what it looked like at the start. Middle class war hero, Tarver, is invited to the party of the rich and the famous in a very big, luxurious, space liner which is interestingly named Icarus. He meets the beautiful heroine, only to find out she's a spoiled princess.
But then the crash happened - and the Titanic in space story became a survival story. I was expecting this book to be a space story - but we only spend a few pages in space and most of it in the mysterious planet where our leads crashed into.
The story was told in Tarver and Lilac's points of view which allows us to get inside the head of both of our leads which I enjoyed.
Tarver and Lilac complemented each other - Tarver was in his turf, trained for survival. Lilac on the other hand, though spoiled and pampered, surprisingly knew how to tinker with machines. It was a long journey but they learned to trust each other and later on their friendship bloomed into love.
I enjoyed how the romance between our leads developed. They were bickering almost all of the time, but still depended on each other for survival. I also liked how Lilac grew from a bratty princess to a survivor.
Halfway, there was a plot twist but then was resolved so quickly for me (I went - "That's it?!") Lots of questions were formed in my head and I hope at least some of them would be answered in the companion novel that will be released this year.
I don't really read sci-fi novels, but I did enjoy this book because it reminds me of Star Ocean, a RPG series that I enjoyed playing. This story has sci-fi, adventure and romance all rolled into one - a thrilling and exciting read recommended for fans of those genres.
PS: I'm in love with the cover.
Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Disney Hyperion