Review * These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

June 23, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★★

Review * These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I Thought…

  • Honestly, I’ve never really been one for space anything, but I was at a signing and they were there and they were awesome and I decided, what the hell? and bought the book. So glad I did.
  • These Broken Stars is pretty fast paced and intense. Lilac and Tarver get ship wrecked and land on this mysterious planet.
  • The planet was creepy and weird and unexplainable things happened. I found the planet to be absolutely fascinating. Kaufman and Spooner must have spent a lot of time creating something that was familiar yet not familiar to readers. They also had just the right amount of creep factor for me. Enough to keep me intrigued, but not so much that I had trouble sleeping
  • Lilac and Tarver and drawn to each other from the beginning, but Lilac (for reasons) pushes him away and Tarver respects that, though while they are on the planet alone things do change, once they start having conversations. I know a lot of people don’t like this kind of love interest set up as there are no other choices, but it worked for me here, and there are two more books that will have other people in it so there’s that.
  • Up until the end this was a five star read. I don’t want to spoil anything but I didn’t care for the one thing that happened. I wish they hadn’t gone there, but it only diminished the book a little bit for me, and I’m sure others wouldn’t have the issues with it that I did.
  • While These Broken Stars has an ending, there is still so much going on and I am so grateful that Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase gave me her copy to read!

Overall I recommend These Broken Stars to those who love Science Fiction and those that don’t!


4 Responses to “Review * These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner”

  1. Jennrenee

    Great review. I agree with so much, especially the ending. I too felt the ending changed my opinion on the book. it was still a wonderful read though and I loved the romance.

  2. fakesteph

    I’m pretty sure I know what moment at the end you are talking about and I totally agree!!!! I like things like that to be final. I don’t like clever reversals, I just want to feel like there are consequences.
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