Series: Starbound #1.5 Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance Publication.Date: October 7, 2015 Pages: 109 pages Published By: Disney Hyperion Website: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner This Night So Dark on Goodreads My review copy: Downloaded from Amazon
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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 he rescued a group of civilian researchers being held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now Tarver and Lilac must reconcile his memories of that fateful night with the truth that they uncovered on a mysterious planet after the Icarus crashed. Includes a bonus preview chapter from This Shattered World.
"Well I guess I have Santana to thank for preparing you for dealing with civilians in life-or-death situations." Lilac's voice is dry.
I reach for her to pull her in against my side, putting my own mug down on the empty box serving as a temporary nightstand until we get the rest of our furniture in. "Beautiful, an entire year of training couldn't have prepared me for dealing with you."
Tarver and Lilac easily became a favorite couple of mine. They weren't insta-love, but a relationship that slowly developed over the course of These Broken Stars. They changed one another for the better and I love that they're the first in an interwoven series - because that means I'll see them again and again!
I'm not normally a fan of novellas, depending on the series I may just skip it all together, but after devouring These Broken Stars I knew I had to read This Night So Dark. This quick read allows us to get to know Tarver a bit better and in a way, get us to understand the Tarver we met in the beginning on These Broken Stars. After waking up for another nightmare regarding the incident that garnered him his medals, Lilac coaxes him to tell her what happened the night.
Tarver has always been a strong fighter and quick on his feet, but here we are able to see a different side of him. With Lilac, he was trying to find help so they wouldn't die in a barren land. Here, he is trying to survive against people actively trying to kill him and other scientists. It's a different atmosphere and really rounds him out.
Much like These Broken Stars, interjected between the chapters are short conversations between Lilac and Tarver. Sort of a commentary to Tarver telling Lilac, and us, his story.
A fun addition to the Starboard trilogy, This Night So Dark is a quick read - and free! Even if you're like me and not a big novella fan, this is definitely something you should download and read.