If you like the idea of Doctor Who crossed with an angsty romance (and I do) then this is the book for you.
Set in the future These Broken Stars is sci-fi but it is definitely not at the extreme end and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to love it. Like in Doctor Who, humans are still humans, but we have discovered ways to travel the universe and of terraforming planets to make them inhabitable (and profitable).
In some ways this view of humanity's future is slightly depressing and I really hope that, by the time we have the capability of exploring the heavens, we are a little less superficial and wealth obsessed than the ruling class in These Broken Stars but it certainly provides an interesting background for the story.
Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are both passengers on a luxury mock-Victorian cruising spaceship but their lives couldn't be more different. Lilac is the only daughter of the richest man in universe and Tarver is a hero returned from the brutal frontier wars. When they are suddenly thrown together on an uninhabited, mysterious and deadly planet sparks fly but they need to work together to have any hope of surviving.
It's a really entertaining and exciting story that I certainly found hard to put down.
If you were going to criticise this book I guess you could say that the romance is slightly cliched -Lilac is rich, beautiful and sassy, while Tarver is handsome, poor, heroic and unimpressed by her wealth but, and let's be totally honest here, there is a reason that model of romance is so popular and that's because it works.
And things are not as 'Mills & Boon' as they might seem, the further you get in to this book the more you discover that both Lilac and Tarver have unexpected depths, and there are certainly twists and turns that I never saw coming!
One of my favourite things about this book is the way that each chapter begins with a short section that is clearly Tarver being questioned by some kind of official. It is intriguing and definitely keeps you turning the pages as you try to figure out what on earth is going on.
Teenage girls will love it!
Who'll love this: Teenage girls
Publisher: Allen & Unwin