Let me start by saying the audio is ON POINT. It is a full cast and BRILLIANT. Well, as full of a cast as there can be with only Tarver and Lilac survivors of the spaceship crash.. but you know what I’m saying. 😉
No doubt you know the premise of the story: Lilac LaRoux is untouchable. She’s the daughter of the most powerful man in the Universe. Tarver Merendsen is only 18, but he’s one of the most talked about and high celebrated military personnel. The things he has accomplished in the field defies logic. Tarver comes from very humble beginnings so what could he have in common with Lilac? Besides that they seem to be the only survivors of the 50,000 +/- souls that were aboard the Icarus. What they find on the planet they crashed into is not something anyone could have predicted.
This story has it ALL. Sci-fi, mystery, adventure, aliens (!!!), romance, deception, and survival. I’m not sure what else you could possibly want out of a story. Kaufman & Spooner wasted no time starting this story off right: action, a huge disaster, survival, and secrets being revealed. Lilac proves she is more than her name and Tarver finds letting someone know the real him is not as terrible has he told himself it would be. These two are the most unlikely couple to get stranded on a strange planet but it works. Oh my does it work. The way these two characters developed as the story went was so well done. They really did grow and become better people.
The world building was marvelous and mind-blowing. It blew me away how lifelike the planet felt. The science behind everything that was going on blew me away. I loved reading what was behind the Whispers, the terraformed planets, and everything that came with it. It was brilliantly done.
GAH. I am struggling to write this review! I feel that always happens when I try to talk about stories I really loved. I never read a sci-fi book before I first read this in 2015. I know the book published in 2013 but I’m the type of reader that will wait until an entire series is out so I can binge the whole thing. I had hesitation before starting because I was afraid I wouldn’t like or understand sci-fi books. Boy how I was wrong! They are now one of my favorite genres. This story set the bar for me and that’s saying something. I reread it when it came available through my Overdrive app and it brought back all of the feels and emotions I had the first time. The admiration of Lilac’s determination, the swoony feelings for Tarver, the wonder of what the Whispers might be, the desire to figure out just exactly what is going on with LaRoux Industries. It is all there again, like reading for the first time. I cannot thank these two authors enough for writing this type of story, this type of series. I would not have ever started reading sci-fi it if wasn’t for them.
No doubt you can tell I adore this series. It holds a special place in my heart and on my shelf. If you have no picked this series up yet, please do. I want everyone to have the love for Lilac and Tarver that I have carried for years.