REVIEW: ‘This Night So Dark’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 

There’s always room for romance, right?

After reading These Broken Stars, I was hoping to get the same excitement with This Night So Dark, but it didn’t quite do it.

From the publisher:

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.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the novella, primarily because you get to know Tarver a little bit more–how he became a war hero and a captain at his age. It was interesting to see the way he was back then, always so brave and ready to do his duty as a soldier. Secondly, I liked it because it gives us a bigger picture of the world these books take place in.

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However, this lacked the mystery and suspense of the original book.  The original book includes exciting mysteries such as who was trying to communicate with them, or waiting to know if Lilac was going to make it.  I was expecting more of that, but it wasn’t there.

Still, I enjoyed reading from Tarver’s POV, as he tells this story to Lilac, letting us know they’re still together. (aawww!)

I won’t get into any spoilers since it’s a really short book, and if you love These Broken Stars you should definitely read it.  It will give you a better understanding of what’s happening between books 1 and 2 of this trilogy.  Besides, it’s free aaaand you get the first chapters from This Shattered World.

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There’s always room for romance, right?

“Beautiful,” I whisper into her hair,”we’re an exception to every rule there is.”

There’s always room for romance

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I was hoping to get the same excitement with This Night So Dark, but it didn’t quite do it.

I love reading! I love that books can take you anywhere, make you fall in love, and visit places outside of your reality. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,....the man who never reads lives only one.”

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