Review: This Night So Dark


This Night So Dark (Starbound #1.5) by Amie KaufmanMeagan Spooner

Published October 7th 2014 by Disney Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fantasy

Recommended to: those who want to know about what happened before the Icarus crash

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Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued civilian researchers held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now he and Lilac reconcile his memories of that night with the truth uncovered after the crash. 

Short connects first two novels. Includes preview chapter from This Shattered World.

You can download a free copy of the book here.

RATING: ★★★★☆

While I was browsing books and organizing my shelf on Goodreads, I came across this one and saw the free download link of the book. Well, who lets opportunities like this pass? Of course, I went for it! 😀

It’s been almost two years since I read These Broken Stars so I really can’t remember much about what happened. I have the worst memory when it comes to books I’ve read, no matter how much I liked it. So I kind of dived into the story half blind but it was great nonetheless.

The story happened six months before the Icarus crashed and we are told how Tarver came to be the young war hero that he is in the first book. In between narrations of the past in Tarver’s point of view, there are conversations between him and Lilac in the present. Personally, I think that those conversations are the best part of the book. Although it is great to learn about what happened before, I really wished this novella had been more about what happened to Tarver and Lilac after the first book.

This novella was nice but it wasn’t anything special either. Readers of the series can skip this. The story was only half of the book, the rest are excerpts of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World. But it was nice of the authors for doing this and making this free so it’s very much appreciated. ☺️


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