Review: This Night so Dark – Amie Kaufmann and Meagan Spooner

Posted 28 November, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review: This Night so Dark – Amie Kaufmann and Meagan SpoonerThis Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1.5
Published by Disney Hyperion on 7 October 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 109
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
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4 Stars

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.

This Night so Dark is the perfect novella to help fans stay patient while waiting for This Shattered World. There is more Tarver, a little Lilac, and a lot of intrigue and mystery.

My This Night so Dark review:

Showing both a little of what happened with Tarver and Lilac after the ending of These Broken Stars, and also some of the events that lead up to their meeting was good. Seeing the way Tarver had moved up in the military, and the way he treated the soldiers under him, as well as his quick wit and fast assessment of difficult and potentially dangerous situations made me love him even more. And the way his nightmares woke Lilac, and the questions she asked him because of them made her more endearing as well.

Most of the action in This Night so Dark happens six months before Icarus, and seeing who Tarver was before he was the decorated hero made me feel like I got to know him a lot better. Learning what was important to him, how strong he was, and how far he was willing to go for what he believed was right. Yeah, Tarver sure is a great protagonist, and I want much more stories about him.

Very well written, and even with such as short story, it was still character-driven and made me a very happy reader. First person POV present tense doesn’t always work for me, but it did here! If you can’t wait for This Shattered World, I promise This Night so Dark will help tide you over.

Some of my favorite This Night so Dark quotes:

Her hesitation spaks volumes. It’s one thing to think about violence or see it on the HV, and another entirely to commit it.

I’m praying my dark uniform and dark hair will hide us in the shadows, praying she falls silent before the speakers do, fighting the was my pulse wants to leap up ma throat, the pounding in my temples. There’s no what’s next, there’s only now, and this moment lasts forever.

He refuses to budge even when I shout at him to follow us. I can’t leave him behind. I have to leave him behind, or everyone else will die, too.

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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12 responses to “Review: This Night so Dark – Amie Kaufmann and Meagan Spooner

    • Yes, Melanie, you really do! It’s really good, and I’m sure it will keep you happy until This Shattered World can make it to your kindle or shelf! Amie and Meg weave a beautiful story in an ugly world, and it’s so easy to be completely swept up by the caracters.
      Have a great weekend.

    • I have trouble not starting a new series, especially last year, when These Broken Stars was my favorite book of the year, I’ve been waiting for the sequels ever since. I can totally understand that you prefer waiting, though, Lark. If I had your patience and restraint, I would, too!

  1. I’m glad this was satisfying in the character development even in a short story. Tarver sounds like a great guy and I’m happy you got to know him even better. This is a series i plan to startin 2015. πŸ™‚ *big hugs*

    • Brandee, I’m actually almost jealous with you for being able to read the two novels and the novella in one go… I just finished This Shattered World, and it was so beautiful!
      *BIG HUGS*

  2. Iza, this has actually become one of my all time favorite fantasy /sci-fi series, that’s how awesome it is! I hope you’ll find the time to check it out, and that you’ll love it πŸ™‚

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