Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Posted December 9, 2013 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 8 Comments

These Broken Stars

Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA Scifi
Format: Ebook
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Source: Received eARC from the publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars
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 ***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
from Goodreads:
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.

I heard that this book was like Titanic in space and
couldn’t resist. I had to see what all the fuss was about. I was a bit worried
about hype. Everybody has been saying awesome things about this one and I find
that a lot of times that kills it for me. But not with this one. It totally
lived up to and exceeded my expectations.
For the first couple chapters, Titanic in space is
exactly what it is. It had all the glamour of the upper decks that you see on
Titanic and the stink of the lower decks. I loved seeing the class distinctions
and the luxuries that the rich could afford. The descriptions that the authors
use to describe the ship are stunning. I felt like I was right there, on board
the Icarus. I could see the ship as Tarver and Lilac walked through it. I could
see the gorgeous dresses, the books lining the shelves, the champagne flutes,
But although the first part was reminiscent of
Titanic, the rest of the story was all about survival. It didn’t end with the
crash of the ship. Instead, we get to explore this unknown planet and follow
our two main characters on their journey.
Tarver, one of our MC’s (sidenote: this book was
written in alternating POVs and was done perfectly), is a decorated major in
the military. He is a war hero and as such, is paraded around the upper decks
of the ship with the rich folk as the military’s golden boy.
Lilac, our other MC, is the daughter of the richest
man in the galaxy. She is untouchable. No guy can come near her. If they do,
her father will make them pay the price. He’s not a nice guy. Anyway, they meet
and in a horrible turn of fate the ship crashes and they are forced to try and
survive together. The tension and chemistry between these two was amazing. No
insta-love here, though I was a little worried at the start. It was a slow burning,
agonizing wait. Lilac is a “spoiled rich girl” but she’s
actually way tougher than she looks. She changes so much throughout the book.
She learns how to survive, and she learns how to love again. 
Tarver is a soldier. He is trained to survive and he
knows that he has to do everything in his power to save Lilac LaRoux’s life.
She is Lilac LaRoux you know. But
saving her is harder than he thought it would be. Especially when he has
feelings for her that he can’t act on. Tarver develops a lot throughout
the book as well. He goes from being a cold, hard soldier, to somebody that can
open up, that can share and it was spectacular to watch and read about. His
thoughts about Lilac made my heart melt into a puddle at my feet. He is
definitely swoon-worthy. 
So basically these two journey across this planet
looking for any means of communication to send out a distress signal. Well
they find a lot more interesting things. I won’t spoil anything but things
get crazy. There’s a lot of science-y stuff going on, but it’s explained
really well and I was never lost. This book gave me so many feels. Tarver
and Lilac are amazing. I love them so much. This book was a roller coaster of
emotions that I couldn’t put down. It completely lived up to the
hype. Something I really loved is that there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger.
I’m definitely intrigued and want to read more, but I’m not dying, feeling like
I’m going to suffocate for an entire year while I wait for the next one. If
you want something different and exciting, pick this one up. Titanic in space
meets scifi survival story. Happy reading all!
Have you guys read this one? What did you think? Did you love Tarver and Lilac as much as I did?   

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8 responses to “Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. I also love the lack of a cliffhanger, though have you heard that the other books will be companions, not sequels? I guess that makes sense given the ending, haha. I'm quite curious as to whether the companion books will also deal with planets and creepy stuff or more with the space corporation side of things!

    • Yes, I did hear that (after I scheduled this of course) and I was kind of sad! I will miss Tarver and Lilac. I hope we get to see them at least a little bit. I would love to see the space corporation side of things and I would love to learn more about this huge galaxy was discovered and how Lilac's father built his company.

  2. I'm so excited to read this and I don't think I've read one negative review. So glad it is living up to the hype. The romance sounds amazing, I love the fact that you described it as slow-burning and that they had tension and chemistry between them. Yay, no insta-love! Great review! ~Pam

  3. So glad you enjoyed this one too, it's one of my favorites of this year! 🙂 I really liked the stunning descriptions of the ship, and that there wasn't a cliffhanger too! I'm excited to hear more about what the next book is about. 🙂 Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Yes! The descriptions were beautiful. I felt like I was right there in the ship and on the planet with them. I think the next books are actually going to be companion novels so we won't be seeing much of Lilac and Tarver *sad face* but I'm still super excited and will basically read anything either of these two ladies writes now. Also I LOVED your nail design based on this book!

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