{Novella Review} This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

November 5, 2014 Book 16 ★★★★

{Novella Review} This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThis Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Starbound #1.5
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2014-09-25
Source: Own, Purchased
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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.

Includes a bonus preview chapter from This Shattered World!

This Night So Dark was definitely what I needed to revisit the Starbound universe. In this novella, we get to see something that happened to Tarver 6 months ago told in the form of a conversation between him and Lilac.

Wonderful prose and fluid writing is not lost here, as the authors seamlessly interweave Tarver’s narration with what’s happening in the ‘present’ with him and Lilac.

It was very fun to see little snippets of his and Lilac’s new life, as I loved their relationship so much in These Broken Stars, and we got to see even more of Tarver’s personality here. We finally understand why he’s a soldier and why he’s such a hero. We understand more about Tarver’s motivations in These Broken Stars and we come to love him even more.

The best part of this novella? There’s a preview of This Shattered World. We get to read the first chapters of the book and that’s honestly all I needed to read to be hooked! Now I’m itching to read This Shattered World!

Wonderfully written and a great companion to the series, this is a book that you shouldn’t miss out on! Plus the best part? It’s free on Amazon!

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  • This is great, Marianne. I’ve been anxious to read my copy of This Shattered World just because I can only recall snippets of These Broken Stars. I’ll have to download a copy of this as a refresher. 🙂

    • I’m so jealous that you have a copy of This Shattered World! I don’t request advanced books from publishers so I’m just going to have to wait like a normal person for the book to release xD Hope you enjoy it, Joy! 🙂

  • I definitely plan on picking this up before I delve into This Shattered World, and I can’t wait! I love how we get to read it from Tarver’s point of view and see a glimpse of their new life. Yay! Great review.

    • I am jealous of everyone and anyone that gets to read This Shattered World before me. Hahaha. I just ask one thing: no spoilers! Thanks Jeann! Hope you enjoy this book and This Shattered World! <3

  • Oooh I’ve downloaded this a few weeks back but haven’t had the time to dive into it yet! I will soon because I need to get reviewing on This Shattered World! So glad this was a good transition between the two books! Lovely review Marianne xx

    • Yes! Plus I think it’s also a great way to let go of Tarver/Lilac and accept Jubilee and Flynn. Thanks, Joy! 🙂

  • EEEEK. I have this on my kindle and I just haven’t gotten to it yet BUT I WILL. I’m excited! (Although a wee bit disappointed it doesn’t really have a cool cover. But I guess it is just a novella.) I’m so so excited for the 2nd book!! ^-^ Even if it doesn’t have Tarver/Lilac in it…

    • I guess because it isn’t even printed out? At least the colors are pretty 😀 Trust me, if you read the preview at the end of the book, you’ll love Jubilee/Flynn! <3

  • I felt the same way as you did! I love how it was written – from two different overlapped time frames – and how sweet it was of the authors to make it free. 😉 It was really interesting to get a better look into Tarver’s mind and what he’s gone through in the war and how that’s shaped his personality, you know? Fabulous review Marianne! <3

  • Confession: I didn’t like These Broken Stars, so I’ve been totally hesitant to carry on with these books BUT reviews seem to be that Shattered World and Night So Dark up the game so I’m tooooooooooorn!!

    I’m glad this was so awesome for you 🙂

  • Fantastic review, Marianne! I got this for few on an iBooks sale? I don’t know where, actually. I started reading it just last week, but I always forget about books I have on iBooks….after reading your review, I’ll definitely have to get back onto it!

    • Same. I have like 2 unfinished books on Ibooks for agessssss just because I always forget that I have them there. Yes, get back to it! Haha.

  • This novella was just so-so to me, and yes, the best part was the preview of the next book!