These Broken Stars
Very readable -- much better than the "clique" like beginning would have you think! I enjoyed the science fiction (though it clearly took a back seat to the romance). And the romance was pretty compelling. So a great first effort for Amie Kaufman and a great second series for Meagan Spooner. I really enjoyed the main portion of the book, which is really a survivor tale in a earth like wilderness. The book and plot does speculate about a real sci fi topic: what is the most likely first contact between humans and some other being? And tho' sad, I think we will recognize our world's tendencies critiqued. Not as incisively as Paolo Bacigalupi can do it, but credibly. I will definitely reserve the next book in the trilogy, This Shattered World to see what these 2 young authors come up with!
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The Icarus is the largest and most technologically advanced ship in the universe. Traveling across space in hyper-drive, the ship is transporting valuable cargo, Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the richest man in the universe...in fact her father built the ship. Tarver Merendsen is a young war hero, recently elevated to the rank of Major. An unlikely pair, the two are thrown together when the Icarus is violently pulled out of hyper-drive ripping the ship to pieces. The two barely have time to get to an escape pod before the ship is destroyed and Lilac and Tarver, the only survivors, crash land on an abandoned terraformed planet. Survival dictates that Lilac and Tarver work together to get to the wreckage of the Icarus and send out a distress signal. But the two couldn't be more different, and working together is harder than it seems. But as they cross the foreign landscape, they learn to depend on each other, and trust in each other's strengths. By the time they reach the Icarus and discover they were the only ones to survive the crash, they aren't so sure they want to be rescued and go back to their lives as a wealthy heiress and army major. The tale is woven with alternating chapters from Lilac and Tarver's perspectives. In between are chapters where Tarver is being interrogated about the crash...hinting at a hidden mystery underneath the tale.
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