I didn't think I'd like this. I'm not big into space stories. Hated Star Wars and Stargate and didn't like Across the Universe very much. But it had bI didn't think I'd like this. I'm not big into space stories. Hated Star Wars and Stargate and didn't like Across the Universe very much. But it had been such a while since I'd read something I loved and this was highly recommend on twitter.
So I gave it a chance and wow am I glad I did.
The book is told in dual POVs. It starts with Tarver. A young soldier, who because of heroics in the field, was promoted to a Major. He's thrust into the limelight and made to mingle with the rich and powerful, though it's not his scene. It's not HIM. And then there's Lilac. The most powerful man in the galaxy's daughter. She's fiesty and stubborn and desperate for space away from her suffocating lifestyle - even if she doesn't know it yet. Aboard a ship holding over fifty thousand people, Tarver and Lilac meet. He doesn't know who she is, and she just wants to feel normal for a while.
Instantly, their chemistry burst from the pages. There was a light, slightly humorous banter between the two, and when it is revealed that Lilac can't date and she has to let him down (none too gently, either), I was annoyed for him. I felt sorry for him.
And then the ship malfunctions and in a twist of fate, Tarver and Lilac are the only two who manage to escape, though they land on a strange planet.
At first, they tolerate one another to try and read safety or find rescue. It's entertaining reading as they think rude things about one another and constantly battle with who can be more stubborn. Until chapter by chapter, they start to like another. Tolerate one another. As they trek across the planet searching for help, they are forced to rely on one another as they face their worst fears and dangerous scenarios.
There was never a dull moment. From weird creatures, to the wreck of the ship filled with corpses, to paranormal activity, there was always something for the couple to fight through or against. And when they finally confessed their feelings, another twist of fate means that their love is over before it could really begin.
A book hasn't made me cry since...A Fault in our Stars, probably!!!
Definitely give this one a go. You won't regret it. 5 stars....more