ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The only child of the richest man in the galaxy is on the spaceliner Icarus, the most luxurious craft ever built. Lilac is closely chaperoned, and plays her part as a spoilt and vacuous socialite - a disguise to protect herself and any man she might be foolish enough to care for. Tarver is definitely from the wrong end of the galaxy, but he's also a decorated war hero embarking on a victory tour - one who doesn't bother with the gossip vids, so it comes as a great shock to learn the girl he's interested in is so highly connected. When the spaceship is inexplicably pulled out of hyperdrive - a theoretical impossibility - only he and Lilac manage to survive. Crashed on an unmapped planet, they have to put aside their prejudices and work together - but is Lilac going mad, and can Tarver's training keep them alive? Told in their alternating voices, this YA book was a surprisingly refreshing and engrossing read - and is the first in a trilogy. ~ Lindy
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 to 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 in this place 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. The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.