These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

December 3, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 3

broken starsTitle: These Broken Stars [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Release Date: December 10, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A steady, yet captivating plot with an unforgettable romance!

About the Book: 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.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Let me start off by saying that These Broken Stars has one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen. That alone attracted me to this book at first. Then I read the synopsis and was intrigued even more. After reading it, I have to say I’m very pleased with this book as a whole. I really liked it. Sure, the pacing was a bit slow, but not in a boring way. I’d describe it as more of a steady read in fact. Kaufman and Spooner wrote a truly captivating and brilliant story with wonderful characters. I think they had just enough detail about this world without it being overkill, although it was a bit touch-and-go for a minute there in the beginning. Once you get through the first third or so of the book, and the characters make the way across this desolate planet, things get really interesting. Even though nothing much happens in the first part, the characters were enough to keep me going, and I’m glad I did.

I really loved Tarver. He’s such a good guy and I loved being in his head. I really liked the Lilac and Tarver dynamic, they had some pretty funny scenes. Some trying scenes, that’s for sure, but also some good ones. Lilac is definitely a hard character to like. She’s a rich girl who lives under her father’s rule, and it takes quite awhile before we get true glimpses of her character, in the end, I like where the authors went with her. I liked the build up to their romance, the steady attraction, turned dislike/hate, turned appreciation, turned love thing isn’t something I see often, done well at least, and I think they did a great job with it. One scene in particular gutted me a little bit, I can’t say anything more!

The world itself was pretty cool. It did, yet again, take quite awhile for things to unfold and I didn’t get all of the scifi stuff that the authors were trying to convey, but I think it was a great start to an interesting series. I’d say this kind of book would appeal to readers of all types. Yes, it’s more of a scifi read, but it’s got a bit of the paranormal fantasy, a bit of dystopian and action, and a good chunk of romance. At times while reading this I didn’t know what genre it fit into and I think that was part of its charm. I loved that about it.

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3 Responses to “These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

  1. Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain

    I’m really happy that you liked this one as a whole. I think I was one of the only people who didn’t love this one as much as everyone was saying, but I also think agree that the characterization was absolutely wonderful. Both of them were so complex and deeply intriguing, and the character development was absolutely fantastic. I think the plot and romance were what originally deterred me, and I totally agree: that cover is absolutely gorgeous.

    Fantastic review! <33

  2. TeresaMaryRose

    You are right, that cover is absolutely stunning! I really loved this one, because the characters are great and the romance beautiful and the whole world is just awesome. Lilac was weird for me… I really liked when we first met her and then I wanted to shake her for a while and then I really liked her again lol. Great review Vi!

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