Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
# of pages: 374
Book 1 in the Starbound trilogy
Star rating: 4/5
SPOILER ALERT!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Sure, I’d passed it in the library tens of times. I’m not quite sure why I waited so long to read it. The allure of so many dystopian/science fiction novels had me questioning the originality of yet another story set in space. But, eventually I decided to give it a chance… maybe because of the GORGEOUS cover art, depicting the two main characters and their tenuous steps towards saving each other. The summary of the book itself on the inside cover was an ironic coincidence/maybe spoiler in and of itself. “Icarus” is an allusion to the Greek myth where a young man flies too close to the sun, burns his wings, and falls to his death. As fate would have it, the same thing happens to the spaceliner *gasp*, almost like the Titanic. But where I would have left so many other stories on the shelf, this book felt compelling enough that I elected to try reading it.
After probably 30 minutes of reading, I found that I just couldn’t put the book down! The story starts when Lilac and Tarver first meet on the spaceliner, Icarus. Suddenly while traveling through the galaxy, their ship is pulled into the orbit of another planet and subsequently starts being torn apart. Tarver and Lilac make it into an escape pod and land on the planet, but once they do, they can’t seem to find anyone else with them. Their goal is to trek through the terrains until they can find the remains of their ship, in hopes that Lilac and Tarver will encounter other survivors. Yet as they continue their journey blindly, whispers that no one else can hear taunt Lilac. They just might be the key to uncovering the truth behind the crash of the Icarus and the very existence of the planet itself.
Both characters(Lilac and Tarver) were elusive and mysterious, both keeping enough secrets to keep the reader engaged. Tarver(Major) is tough on the outside, but he really just mourns the loss of his brother in the army. Lilac seems weak but is a lot stronger and smarter on the inside. They say that “opposites attract”, and in this book the two main characters complemented each other perfectly! In the beginning, Tarver, an ex-army soldier, was the driving force behind his and Lilac’s journey across the planet. He was quite patronizing in response to Lilac’s incompetence, to which she replied by growing more defiant and defensive. As tension built between the pair, the book’s intensity grew as well. This kept building and building, until the climactic finale that brought everything together.
“Your key concerns at that stage?” // “Well, Miss LaRoux had a party she didn’t want to miss, and I-” // “Major, you don’t seem to understand the seriousness of your situation.” // “Sure I do. What do you think our key concerns were?”
Overall, I loved this book. It definitely distinguishes itself from any other books in the genre, and I would totally recommend it!
Question of the Day: (respond in the voice of a character from the book!, and feel free to reply!) If you could relive one moment of your life before Icarus, what would it be and why?