The last thing Major Tarver Merendsen expected was to be marooned on a seemingly abandoned planet with the galaxy’s wealthiest heiress. But then, he never expected to be a war hero, either.
Recently back from a successful campaign quelling colonists’ rebellions, Tarver is spending yet another champagne-soaked evening in first class on the Icarus, smiling like the toy soldier the pampered rich think he is, when he first lays eyes on Lilac LaRoux. At first, he doesn’t know who she is – he just sees a self-possessed redhead in a luxe blue dress tell off a couple of desk jockey soldiers who try to stop a dishelved-looking man from speaking with her. And he thinks, That’s my kind of girl. Until he realizes that the redhead is Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the most powerful man in the galaxy. A soldier like him trying to spend time with a girl like her would spell the end of the his career – or his life.
And then something yanks the Icarus - the largest, most indestructible spaceliner ever built – out of hyperspace, sending it plunging toward the mysterious planet below. In a strange twist of fate, Tarver and Lilac end up in the same escape pod, and Lilac’s incredible skills with circuitry save both their lives, allowing the pod to detach from the dying spaceliner before it crashes. At first, both Lilac and Tarver are sure of rescue – Lilac is, after all, the most valuable asset the head of LaRoux Industries has in his possession.
Lilac and Tarver just have to work together long enough to get off the planet. Tarver forces them to move from their crash site toward the wreck of the Icarus, where discovery is far more likely. But when days go by with no sign of rescue ships, Tarver and Lilac must learn to do more than get along – they have to figure out how to survive on a planet that is much more than it seems. Strange whispers, predators that shouldn’t be there, too-tall trees, and visions that are all too real become too much to ignore – and more than even Tarver’s military survival skills can deal with. And along with all of that, Tarver knows he’s falling for the last girl in the galaxy he can have – a girl who’s shown amazing grit in the face of overwhelming adversity – even if she is the only girl on the planet.
I can’t resist a good space opera! This book was too much fun – and, after all, how you can resist a book that begins like Titanic… in space?! Lilac and Tarver are both stubborn, resilient, tough-as-nails, and absolutely sweet and swoony together – when they’re not fighting, of course. And, best of all, authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner spit these two out of their escape pod and into a world that is dangerous, beautiful, and full of secrets, deceptions, and conspiracies. Fabulous! If you love futuristic sci-fi with an edge of star-crossed love like the Across the Universe trilogy, The Selection, or Under the Never Sky or love to spend an afternoon on a good survival story set in a new world like Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, you’ve got to check this one out!