Sunday, December 15, 2013

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publication: December 10, 2013
By: Disney Hyperion
4 Stars

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

What is These Broken Stars about? Well, it's kind of like...
 Romeo and Juliet

take a ride on
through an episode of
in space...

What I Liked: THIS COVER IS LIKE WHOA!  I'll be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of space stories, mainly because they make me feel dumb. You start throwing terms like hyperspace and rifts at me, and my brain shuts down.  However, there are a few books that have managed to capture my attention and this was one of them. THESE BROKEN STARS is a beautifully written story, told from alternating POVs that are woven together seamlessly.

Society dictates that Lilac and Tarver can never be together but try as they might, it's obvious that they're attracted to each other.  When disaster strikes and they find themselves stranded on a seemingly deserted planet with no real hope of rescue, Lilac and Tarver have to learn to put aside their feelings (sort of) and work together in order to survive.  

The romance between Lilac and Tarver is the slow burn kind, and even though I thought they should have set aside their differences and gotten to the kissing early, the fact they took their time made it more believable. There are quite a few plot twists and turns, one that made me feel like....

And another that left me scratching my head like... 

What Left Me Wanting More:  While I was happy with how this ended, I did have a few misgivings. I'm all for stories of great sacrifice but I had a difficult time trying to wrap my brain around that "one" twist. The ending also felt abrupt and I wanted more. And by more, I mean, Tarver. I'm hoping we'll get a glimpse of these characters in the companion books.  

Final Verdict: Entertaining start to a new space odyssey. 

Review also posted at YABC


  1. I really REALLY want this book, I've been eyeing it for weeks now but it's still so expensive on amazon :( I'll have to wait till I can get it through the book depository. D:

  2. Hahahahha I love your explanation of what the book is about. BEST explanation. I've been dying to read this book and I definitely need to read it before the year ends. I'm actually a fan of space books because they're cool! and yes, the cover is GREAT! Great review Jen, I'm still laughing at the gifs.

  3. I def liked the way their romance progressed and I could easily believe and appreciate it. Tarver was great and I loved being in his head. This one was def a slow-builder, I agree, but I loved it. Great review!

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