TITLE: This Night So Dark
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
SERIES: Starbound #1.5
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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.
This Night So Dark is a novella that comes after These Broken Stars. It’s pretty much about one of Tarver’s experiences in the army. If you haven’t read it and love the series, it’s definitely worth a read (it’s a free ebook!). Just as a side not: chronologically, the novella takes place after the first book (sort of…), but I read This Shattered World, the second book in the series, before reading this.
I really liked how the story was told. It was told through flashbacks and I felt like that way there was more reflection involved. I loved how the story offered more insight about how Tarver first got his medals and how he feels about them. I also like how This Shattered World kinda mentions it. Barely but still.
While I generally liked it, I felt that This Night So Dark was a bit short and choppy. I thought that there were some plot holes and I was left with a handful of questions. Some of them dealt with the plot. Some of them dealt with the aftermath. View Spoiler »Why did Fisk betray Tarver? What motive did he have? How did LaRoux feel about the rescue of the researchers if he really was the one that hired the mercenaries to kill them? How does he feel about Tarver being the one to ruin his plans and is now going to marry his daughter? « Hide Spoiler
Overall, I liked reading This Night So Dark. It’s definitely worth a read if you like Tarver since it’s basically all about him. On another note, I have to say, reading This Night So Dark made me want to read more about Tarver’s adventures as a soldier. Especially ones that involve Lee. Maybe the ones hinted at in her flashbacks/delusions?