"I wish I'd come alone.I have dog-eared the shit out of this title. No lies. I usually don't like doing that to my books, but hey I needed to highlight so many passages that I loved that it was either that or find a real highlighter and go to town. This book is mesmerizing! The whole journey these two survivors take is too much to put into words. I am loving this story, it's sci-fi but at the same time a mystery and at the same time a survival tale. I've had this title for MONTHS on my TBR pile and I cannot believe I let it slip through the cracks, and yet at the same time I am so glad I picked it up now because from it's writing it's made me realize what those other titles I was iffy about reviewing were lacking-- they were lacking that special something that is making me fall in love with These Broken Stars.
She gasps, breaking her panting for a noise that's part sob, part wordless distress. Mouth open, she's staring, and so am I, neither of us capable of processing what we're seeing. It's quite possible nobody's ever seen something like this before.
I try her name. "Lilac. Lilac, don't watch." Low and gentle, trying to cajole that recruit in the field into lifting her foot, taking her step, getting out of there. "Look at me, don't watch it happening, come on." But she can't drag her gaze away any more than I can, and we stare together, turned to stone.
Before us, pieces of debris are streaming down from the sky in long, slow arcs, burning as they fall like a meteor shower or incoming missiles. They're only a sideshow, though.
The Icarus is falling. She's like a great beast up in the sky, and I imagine her groaning as she wallows and turns, some part of her still fighting, engines still firing in an attempt to escape gravity. For a few moments she seems to hang there, eclipsing one of planet's moons, pale in the afternoon sky. But what comes next is inevitable, and I find myself reaching out to put an arm around the girl beside me as the ship dies, pieces still peeling away as she makes her final descent."
Full review to come soon!