Series: Starbound #1.5
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 7th, 2014
Genres: science fiction, young adult
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Don’t miss the breathtaking short story that connects the first two novels in the Starbound trilogy, These Broken Stars and This Shattered World.
Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued a group of civilian researchers being held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now Tarver and Lilac must reconcile his memories of that fateful night with the truth that they uncovered on a mysterious planet after the Icarus crashed.
Includes a bonus preview chapter from This Shattered World!
I’m not the biggest fan of the new novella trend. Typically, I find them to be a waste of money and time. They very rarely are worth the $1-3 dollars they cost. However, I had to make an exception because 1) this one was free, and 2) I looooooooooooved Lilac, I love Tarver, I love Lilac and Tarver together. Lots of love.
When I read These Broken Stars last winter, I completely fell in love with everything about the book. This is one of the few OTPs I can think of that are simply perfect together. There’s nothing I would change. So obviously I was more than a little bit disappointed that they would not be the main characters in the upcoming sequel. Then this little gem was released and I was able to get my Tarver and Lilac fix. Thank heavens.
What I loved about This Night So Dark is that it’s not just a single scene that didn’t make it to the book. Instead, this is a short story and tells the story of Tarver aiding a bunch of research scientists in escaping a group of mercenaries intent on stealing LaRoux intel. For a lot of These Broken Stars Tarver was sick or unconscious or in survival mode. Here, we get to see a little bit of how he became the person he was in the first book. He took charge of the situation he was in, he was brave and competent and confident. I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to read about a character doing what they were trained to do, and doing it well.
In between each chapter was a little snipped of conversation, basically, Lilac interrupting Tarver as he tells his story. These few lines of dialog between the two characters just KILLED ME. You know when your ship is just too perfect for words? This. The first one especially nearly knocked me over with feels. Lilac is just so attentive and sweet and adoring and just ahhhh. AND THE EPILOG. Good grief.
For a novella so short (as a lot of it is actually previews for These Broken Stars and This Shattered World) there was nonstop action from page one. Each new chapter added tension and the build up was executed perfectly. Even knowing how this all turns out, my heart was still pumping full speed ahead by the end.
If you’ve read These Broken Stars and you need another dose of Tarver and Lilac, for sure download This Night So Dark. It gives a great glimpse into Tarver’s past and just how corrupt the corporations in this world are. And of course, all the lovely (though too damn short) scenes between Lilac and Tarver were just so sweet. This is one of the few novellas I think I would recommend.