Ahoy there me mateys! While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read. In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder! And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends. So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . . .
these broken stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner)
This series was on the list to finish. I wasn’t planning on rereading the first book but I needed a new audiobook and this was one of the few available possibilities at the time. So I started the series over again. Sad how time changes things.
The first time I read the novel, I really enjoyed both of the characters. In listening to it, I still liked the character of Tarver but thought Lilac sucked a lot more. Some of this was due to the voice acting of Cynthia Holloway. I am not sure if the choices made were from Disney or from the actor but Lilac comes out very whiny and annoying. I kinda wanted to stomp on her face. The two male voice actors were fine but not great. I want to chalk that up to production choices.
The premise of the story is that there are two survivors of a spaceship crash that end up on a mysterious planet with a secret. I still found the set-up for the book to be fun. But even with me shoddy memories of the plot, the pacing seemed off and the tension lacking. I was kinda bored with the character interactions. The action stalls quite a bit. I did still love the plot twists in how the romance does not proceed in typical fashion.
While I wasn’t thrilled with the reread, I already had the second book in audiobook form (and nothing else) so I started that one. I was immensely confused by the new characters and lack of cohesion between the ending of the first book and the beginning of the second. I honestly thought I had somehow downloaded the wrong book. I gave up fairly quickly.
When I got back to internet, I looked up the rest of the series on Goodreads and discovered it actually was the correct book but the series features “Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.” That spoiled me mood because the first book ended on a cliffhanger. The desire to read the other two books died so off the list they go! The good news is that I just took that series off the list. Saved time for the 76 other series I need to finish! Arrrrr!
Side note: The series apparently has a novella as book 1.5 to talk more about what happened to Tarver and Lilac after the fact. Should have been book two! But dang those covers are pretty . . .
The authors’ websites have this to say about the novel:
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.
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Previous Log Entries for these Authors
illuminae – book 1 (The Captain’s Log – YA Sci-Fi)