In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I’m welcoming Ella Martin (author of I Love Him, I Love Him Not) to the blog to discuss the wonderful romance in YA sci-fi These Broken Stars, one of my favorite books of 2013! She’s also giving away a copy of These Broken Stars so you can see how awesome it is :D.
When I read science fiction, it’s always with a sense of awe. It’s hard enough to create multi-dimensional characters and a compelling plot. It’s another to do all that and build a detailed world with lush landscapes and futuristic technology. Add to that a swoony love story, and I’m left staring at the last page wondering how the author did it.
THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was a delicious read. It’s the first book in the Starbound Trilogy, and this dual-narrative story admittedly sets up the story arc for the entire series, but it does so in a way that leaves you simultaneously satisfied and wanting more. And that’s a tough combination to master. We meet Lilac and Tarver on board the Icarus, a luxury space cruise liner, before the ship is torn out of hyperspace. They escape the ship together in a life pod, only to crash on an uncharted alien planet.
Each chapter break contains snippets of an interrogation, so you get a sense that much of the story is one of survival. As Tarver and Lilac make their way through the planet’s terrain in hopes of finding other survivors, they have to work together and learn about one another. Lilac may be a pretty, snobbish debutante, but she’s spent enough time in her father’s labs to have picked up knowledge of machinery and engineering. And Tarver may be a decorated war hero, but there’s a compassionate and sensitive side to this tough soldier. The romance is a slow build. As Lilac and Tarver begin to come to rely on and trust each other, they become friends and ultimately something more.
Part of what I loved about this book was how real Tarver’s and Lily’s emotions felt. It was easy to see how and why they fell in love with each other despite their initial disdain. They’re both broken characters who heal and grow together. And the result is an emotionally satisfying ending—and you know it’s an HEA (happily ever after) and not an HFN (happy for now) because there are some things a couple might endure that is likely keep them together forever. Solving the mystery of an alien planet is one.
Ella has wonderfully offered a copy of These Broken Stars for a US reader now that she’s convinced you to read it ;-). This giveaway will be open to US addresses only, the winner will have 48 hours to respond, and I’ll be checking entries.
About Ella Martin
Ella Martin is an award-winning young adult author and self-described “prep school survivor” from Southern California. With a keen sense for combining relatable teen characters with engrossing stories, her books blend aspects of romance, angst, and intrigue. Her Westgate Prep series of books tackles female friendships, quirky characters, and sensitive topics with equal tact.
I Love Him, I Love Him Not: Talia Nicoletti’s life has been turned upside down–and that’s probably an understatement. Her mother goes off on a business trip… and comes back married! Her estranged father wants to be less estranged. And her best friend Jake DeSantos suddenly has a new confidante who Talia doesn’t want to like but kind of does anyway.
Talia has to unravel her tangled up emotions to figure out what she really wants. Does she want to accept her father back in her life? Can she trust her new-stepfather? There’s too much hitting Talia at once, and she’s not ready to deal with any of it. The one person she can always turn to is Jake, and he’s being secretive and isn’t exactly available. And that hurts her more than she thought possible.
Talia hates that she’s jealous of the new girl in Jake’s life, especially since she can’t decide if she loves him … or if she loves him not.
- February 8: Sleep. Repeat. – Getting Over Garrett Delaney
- February 9: Cuddlebuggery – Better Off Friends
- February 10: Ageless Pages Review – The Stepsister’s Tale
- February 11: YA Book Nerd – Guitar Notes
- February 12: On Starships & Dragonwings – These Broken Stars
- February 13: Read Love Write – Reaper
- February 14: The YA Club – Rebel Mechanics
© 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.