Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive -- alone.
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
On the surface, Lilac seems like a spoiled little rich girl, which is exactly what Tarver thinks of her when he first meets her on the spaceliner. But there was a connection immediately. I would not call it instalove... so let me squash your fears there. But there was definitely interest... right before everything goes horribly wrong and they end up alone on a nearby, uninhabited planet.
I loved both of these characters immediately. Neither one is exactly what they seem, nor did either fit into the box I tried to put them in while reading. There were surprising reveals and excellent conversations that led me into getting to know them a lot better, and liking them so much. Both of these characters were very well drawn and I loved them both.
The romance was a slow build, which I completely loved. They were alone on this planet for the majority of the book, so there's not a huge cast of characters here getting in the way, so we were able to just watch these two get to know each other, fall slowly in love, and fight to survive.
It doesn't take long though before we realize that everything is not exactly how it seems on this planet. I love the ideas the author used to slowly reveal the mystery of this planet to the reader. It was inventive, something I hadn't seen before, and it was captivating. I was sucked right in.
You would think that for the majority of the book to have only two characters that the pacing would be slow, but that wasn't so. It was incredibly interesting, and there were mysteries to solve that kept you guessing and trying to puzzle out just what was going on with their surroundings, even while you wondered what would happen when/if they were rescued or managed to find their way off the planet and back home.
Lastly, I loved that this was a standalone book. Yes, it is a series, but each book in the series will stand alone. This is so refreshing, because I was able to get closure to Lilac and Tarver's story immediately, and I loved it. An inventing story, memorable characters, and a great romance. Looking forward to book two.