Summary from Goodreads:
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.
At the end of 2013 a lot of YA bloggers were saying this was one of their favorite reads of the year! It was surprising because it had only released in December and it was getting a ton of buzz from people getting advance copies of it. Plus with that killer cover who wouldn’t want to pick up this book.
I have to say I have not seen many sci-fi stories in the YA genre because it always seems to be one of those genres that is only done in the adult book world. There are some adult sci-fi authors that I read so I know what to expect going into a sci-fi book. There should be something set in space, great description of the background and the world/planet they are in, and the world building has to stand out. To me the world that the character are in should almost become another character in the book, that is how vast and beautiful the world needs to be when an author builds a sci-fi story.
When I started to read this book I was starting to enjoy it right off the bat because I liked this idea of a girl who is almost a princess and a war hero being on one expensive ship that sails around the galaxy. I really enjoyed getting to know the ship and the characters, everything was moving along at a great pace and I was having fun… Then the worst happened, which I suppose I should have been expecting since the summary says that the two crash land on a planet. So while the ship was amazing to be on and I loved the idea of this story, the fact is that most of the book is spent with the characters on the planet ground walking around. This should be interesting as the planet is new to the reader and yet this part of the book really fell flat. The authors just kept repeating how the planet was in the final stages of terraforming and this got old fast. I can not tell you how many times terraforming was described to me in the story. I almost gave up on the book because I was so tired of reading the same descriptions of the planet over and over again.
If you can make it past this 100+ page catastrophe, you should find yourself with an interesting story if you can stick around that long. The last 100 pages of this book really brought me what I was looking for all along. There was character development, secrets, romance, real sci-fi aspects, and general story growth. The last 100 pages were so amazing I wish the whole book was like that because I feel that right when the story started it had to come to an end. I like that both Tarver and Lilac grew as characters by the end of the novel and I wish that we could see where they are headed in the next book but it seems the next book is about a different couple. My only hope is that with the next book the authors are able to get in a better grove and start making an interesting book from start to finish instead of just the ending being what captures a reader’s attention.
Overall, I liked this book… well I liked aspects of this book and I do hope that the second book picks up the pace and that they do not get stuck just walking around a planet with nothing to talk about.