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This Night So Dark

(Starbound #1.5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,039 ratings  ·  521 reviews
Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued civilian researchers held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now he and Lilac reconcile his memories of that night with the truth uncovered after the crash.

Short connects first two novels. Includes preview chapter from This Shattered World.
ebook, 109 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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Sarah Elizabeth

This was a short story from Tarver’s point of view, which takes place 6 months before ‘These Broken Stars’. I have to say that I found this a little dull really, and I had to take breaks, which considering how short this is – is ridiculous.
I liked the bits where Tarver and Lilac were talking, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the rest of the story.
6 out of 10
Ryan Buckby
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
First read: April 23rd 2018
re-read: August 17th 2020

actual rating: 3.5

first time reading a book of my phone and it was a very different experience for me, but this was the novella that is based around Tarver and Lilac as they reconcile some of his memories and this one is set six months before the initial icarus crash.

Plot: This novella we see Tarver before he goes on board the Icarus ship and before he meets Lilac, but it also goes between present Tarver and past Tarver. I actually li
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Tarver's POV!!!Oh. My. God. YES!! YES!!!!





Rating: 5 Golden Stars

My Opinion of This Book: description



-Tarver: We learn so much about Tarver in this novella. Him back then, what he did, and all the good stuff. There's definitely character growth on his part. He's seriously so awesome. Like, you can t
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: companions, sci-fi, ebooks
I didn't even know this existed until a couple of hours ago!! And then Amazon wouldn't let me download it, because apparently it's not available in my country... but yeah, I managed to get my hands on it at last!

I read this short story in one sitting and even though it's already some years ago that I've read These Broken Stars, I had no difficulties getting into the story. It was interesting to read about a story from Tarver's past, and I liked the whole setup, that he's telling this story to L
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

This story whose events take place before the plot of These Broken Stars, shines some light on why and how Tarver was considered a hero.
It was okay. The authors definitely know how to write, and I had some bits of Tarver and Lilac to keep me more invested in it. Thing is, besides that, I wasn't that interested in what was happening.
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May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just want to read These Broken Stars all over again now. #PerfectOTPisPerfect
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
At first, I was confused as to what was going on -- this book jumps right into a story that happened prior to the events of These Broken Stars. However, it quickly became apparent why we are learning this story.

The story was a great segue into This Shattered World. It did everything it was supposed to -- tied Tarver and Lilac's story to this new one, set up the plot for the second book, and tell a story that shows how the series is going to connect once it is complete. And now that I've started
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-2016, sci-fi, freebies
I thought this would be a lovey dovey sequel to the first book but I was sooo wrong.
For a novella this short it sure packed a punch!
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Book 1.5 of the Starbound series
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Kindle copy bought from Amazon

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Night So Dark is a free novella that can be downloaded from the These Broken Stars website here. I have to warn you that the story is shorter than it looks because nearly half of the ebook is taken up with sample chapters from both These Broken Stars and This Shattered World but although I would have liked it if the story was longer I can't really complain when the author's have offered this for free.

Although the main events in this story actually happened before events in These Broken Star
Little Bangalore, on the northern continent of Corinth.

It makes me happy to come across the name of my hometown in a space opera novella written by an Australian author. ^^

Read this for free here
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
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More Tarver! And that's really all you need to know. :)

Just kidding. Sort of. The thing is, I tried to get Tarver to divulge the details on his hero status several times in our interview last year, but he was more than a little hesitant. That's probably because in this awesome FREE short story, he finally explains the true nature of the mission that led to his being on the Icarus in the first place. This story is a bridge between These Broke
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loveozya
This Night So Dark follows the story of Tarver, taking place before he found himself on the Icarus, and being stranded with Lilac before disaster struck. He holds the position on the patrol squad, seemingly an easy task as he recovers from his duty on the front lines. As he recalls that night at the facility to Lilac, the reader learns more about LaRoux industries, the technology that fueled the Icarus and why he was a celebrated and decorated hero. It was
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it

When I started reading These Broken Stars, I wasn't impressed with the first five chapters. It was a slow start for me. But having a dose of Tarver and Lilac, I got hooked. I wanted more of them. When I learned about this novella, I had to have it. It's a great thing that it's free!

To be honest, this wasn't the novella that I wanted. Yes, I wanted more of Tarver, but I also wanted more of Lilac. However, in this novella, it was more of Tarver's experience, and itty-bitty conversations with Lilac
Teresa Mary Rose
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun little addition to the series and fans of the series are sure to enjoy it. I know I loved getting some more Tarver and Lilac and I loved seeing what events led to Tarver landing on the Icarus. Tarver is one smart cookie and shines when things get tough. The story wasn’t much but it was still fun and I loved the little bit more we got. I also really love the authors writing style. The way it is both in the present and the past is awes
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Pretty pointless novella :/
Maggie ☘
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
Fast and short novella showing us why Tarver became a war hero. It wasn't exactly anything substantial though. Recommended for fans of These Broken Stars and Tarver. ...more
I honestly have no idea what to write for this.

This Night So Dark is a novella for the Starbound series. In it, you will get to know more about Tarver. He's kind of a war hero.. bu other than that it was okay? I don't remember much from reading it a couple of days ago but that's because I've been in and out of all day meetings all week.. so my mind was honestly elsewhere.

Overall, it was cute and short. I'm glad that I read it.. but now I feel like I'm obligated to finish off the rest of the ser
Lauren Stoolfire
I love the Starbound series, and this novella is worth checking out if you're a fan. However, it totally isn't necessary and doesn't provide any new information or anything that I really could have done without. The short is set between book one and two of the trilogy, but majorly features Tarver's flashbacks to six months before book one. I particularly liked seeing Tarver and Lilac interact with one another. Also, the story is much shorter than it let's on - it's less than half of the length o ...more
Rian *fire and books*
I don’t feel it’s fair to rate a 50 page novella. It’s just too short!

The story is told following a nightmare Tarver has about how he got his promotion that made him a war hero. There’s not a lot that connects it to the main narrative except in an illusory way.

It’s tiny and I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to read.
This takes place after These broken stars (book 1 in the starbound trilogy) and that is one of my favourite books ever, I read that back in 2014 and yeah it's amazing. So seeing Tarver and Lilac again made me smile so much even though Lilac was only in this for one chapter. Oh and let me just say.. Tarver is the most attractive fictional boy ever.
I didn't know if I would like this because the last book I read by Amie Kaufman an
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
This Night So Dark is a novella that acts as a bridge between the first and second books of the Starbound trilogy. If I'm honest this nearly put me into a reading slump, even though it was technically less than 50 pages. The story felt like it had no stakes because its a prequel and the constant action meant there was little room for the plot to breathe. I did love the parts between Lilac and Tarver, so I'm giving an extra star for that. ...more
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay - so the actual novella is only about 45% of the ebook - the last half is promo stuff, including excerpts from These Broken Stars and This Shattered World.
That being said, I quite enjoyed this snippet into Tarver's past. I think it filled in some of his back story and also prepped us for the plot of This Shattered World.
And of course, always happy to see Lilac and Tarver :)
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, ya, 2019, australian-author
An enjoyable short novella describing the events that led to Tarver Mandelsohn becoming a military hero prior to embarking as a passenger on the ill-fated space cruise liner Icarus featured in the first book of this series, These Broken Stars. There is also an explanation as to why the Icarus might have broken up in hyperspace and a hint of future direction for the series. ...more
Malcolm Everett
I don't read these in-between installments as a general rule, but my wife insisted that we finish this before moving on to the second book in the series. This short story takes about an hour (probably less) to read and elaborates on how Tarver earned his war-hero status.

The pacing is lightning fast and Tarver is a protagonist worth following, but the ending was far too abrupt. When we reached the epilogue, we were both like, "Wait, what? That's it? Huh. Okay." The intercalary dialogue between Ta
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, novella, july-2020, ya, sci-fi
Interesting backstory for book 1

I'm glad I read this, I've been wondering what Tarver did to be classified a hero. This is super short and I wouldn't have minded if it were longer, but it's action packed. I also enjoyed the interludes showing Tarver and Lilac's relationship.
Now I'm excited to jump into the next book!
Attack Salmon
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, novellas, ya
Is it possible to hate the first book but still wanting to know more about the world?

I think the conversation between chapters really add to the whole allure of the book. It took me few chapters in to finally guess that it is Taver telling Lilac about what happened to him that got him his medal and how its related to the crashing of Icarus.

I can't wait to see what happens next and how they gonna expose Lilac's dad
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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter, their rescue dog, ...more

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