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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {3.5 Stars}

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a connecting between between These Broken Stars (which I loved!) and This Shattered World (which I hope to love soon!). It is free on Amazon, so I figured I’d give it a shot even though I normally don’t read novellas ;-). It is quite short and a fun adventure with a bit of Lilac and Tarver to swoon at, but I ended up not feeling particularly attached to the idea of everyone reading it, though I guess I’ll see if my opinion changes after reading This Shattered World.

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {3.5 Stars}

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner (Starbound #1.5)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Oct. 7th, 2014
Genres: Novella, Romance, Sci-fi
Page Length: 109 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.

3.5 Stars


  • This Night So Dark is told completely from Tarver’s point of view and was quite compelling to read. Tarver has a very no-nonsense attitude as a military man and keeps his goal of survival and rescue firmly in mind throughout a stressful situation. I really liked seeing into a perspective that is distinctly different than the “civilian” perspective we so often read, since Tarver has had copious amounts of training to deal with these situations.
  • There are interludes between Tarver telling his story in This Night So Dark where he and Lilac chat (similar to the interludes in These Broken Stars, but less stress full, ha). For those of you dying for more Lilac/Tarver romantic scenes, these are pretty darn cute ;-).
  • It was interesting to learn more about the tech in This Night So Dark. There is only a very brief mention of it and Tarver doesn’t much care at the time, but it gives us another peek into the mystery introduced at the end of These Broken Stars, dun dun dunnnnnnnnn.
  • I did find reading This Night So Dark to be very helpful in remembering the important parts of These Broken Stars. Since I don’t reread books before reading sequels, this novella was a great way of getting a refresher about Lilac and Tarver’s adventures before diving into two new characters’ lives.


  • You think the novella is actually decently long when you download it from Amazon, but it isn’t. This Night So Dark is less than half of what you download and the rest is chapters from These Broken Stars and This Shattered World. I’m not a fan of reading chapter samplers separate from the book, so that filler content was disappointing to me.
  • Tarver will sometimes just make a comment about something happening for some amount of time and then jump forward in time. I had a hard time identifying when this was happening sometimes and had to go reread a paragraph to realize that it was hours in the future or something.
  • This Night So Dark is described as a novella that connects These Broken Stars and This Shattered World but at this point I really don’t see that connection. This Night So Dark felt completely like Lilac and Tarver time, so we’ll see how much I agree with this “connection” statement after This Shattered World I guess.
  • I’m not sure whether to count this as a pro or a con, but This Night So Dark is definitely not vital to following the storyline as far as I can tell. It is really a very brief adventure for Tarver and not much more, so don’t sweat reading it if you don’t like novellas.


This Night So Dark was an enjoyable half an hour of reading, though I was disappointed to realize that it was less than half the length I thought it would be. It had some nice reminders about what happened in These Broken Stars, so could serve as a good catch up for those of you who don’t want to reread book one. However, it definitely didn’t feel like the “connecting book” that it was described to be and I don’t currently think it is important for you to read if you aren’t a fan of novellas. You might as well download while it’s free though!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I have to read These Broken Stars next year! I’m a fan of companion novellas giving us a peek into more of the world and usually the minor characters. I expected it to be like 100 pages, as much as I like free chapters, that stinks.
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  2. Apparently I should’ve broken my “no ebooks” policy and read this before This Shattered World, because I definitely needed a TBS refresher! I’m curious if this will shed any more light on the overarching mystery, so I may just have to give it a try. Great review!
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    • There’s a teeny bit of info about the whispers mystery, but I’d say what we find out in This Shattered World is much more impressive though I guess that’s to be expected ;-)

  3. I agree I was disappointed by the length. And I really don’t think it’s important to read.
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  4. I’ve been wondering about Tarver’s past ever since reading TBS, so I really should download it and read it ASAP, but I’m so lazy with novellas, even if they’re free :P It’s good to know that it doesn’t REALLY connect book 1 and 2, so maybe I can get away with it a while longer, lol.
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    • Hehe, it gives you a very very small snippet of his past on one mission, so I didn’t really feel like it even satisfied that :( Though I think you’ll be pleased when he shows up in book two ;-)

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