Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

December 2, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 17 ★★★★★

These Broken 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.

These Broken Stars is the sweetest young adult sci-fi romance I have yet to read! This coming from a reader who does not normally enjoy books centered around the romance aspect. But for some reason These Broken Stars simply worked perfectly for me. Perhaps I was going through a batch of heavy reading and this was the lighter fare that I needed. Or maybe it was that the characters were so well written and their sparking chemistry engaging. Whatever the case, it was the perfect read for the mood that I found myself in and I enjoyed it immensely. Saying that I am eagerly awaiting the remaining two love stories in this trilogy would be putting it mildly.

Pitched as ‘Titanic in space’ things start off on a huge ship traveling through space that crashes to an alien world. So seeing as we only spend a scant 50 pages or less on the the ship/crash – I’d say this would be an alternate after story with only two survivors able to successfully break away in their escape pod to the nearby planet. But Lilac and Tarver, a pampered socialite and a decorated war hero, couldn’t be more unhappy about the other person they’ve ended up with for company.

Things unfold between them as they trek slowly across the vaguely familiar yet alien surface of this planet towards the ship’s crash site. These two go through a lot together and I have to say the story is very character driven. So while the planet is an interesting mystery it mostly remains that way due to almost the entirety of the book being devoted to the slow build up between Lilac and Tarver.  Some readers might find this to be a negative point but I barely noticed. There are some books where I just want more and more world building background and details – but here I loved exactly what I got instead – young love, against all odds.

Lilac is aggravating, often mean and always difficult and yet she has her reasons. She grows so much over the course of their journey that I really came to adore her by the end, even if she did maintain her amazingly stubborn streak the entire time.

Tarver was/is a dream boat. What young girl wouldn’t love a young and handsome war hero? Uhh, not a one I tell you! It’s as if he walked directly out of the head of every young girl, fully fleshed and ahem…in uniform. His only failing might be that he’s a bit too perfect – but no complaints here.

If you’re looking for a sickly sweet yet heart wrenching YA love story These Broken Stars is definitely the one you want to read.

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

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17 Responses to “Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Well each book in the trilogy is supposed to feature a different couple and a different world. So unfortunately that will probably be the last we see of that planet. Seriously though I didn’t mind at all. You do get a bit more about the planet towards the end – it just never goes into deep detail like some people would probably want. I agree I’m normally not a huge romance fan but I loved this one.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I agree! Normally I’m not a huge fan of strictly romance either but this one had such an interesting premise and I thought it was so well done. I think it helps that these teens were so close to being adults. Heck one technically was an adult. I think you’ll love it!

  1. Heidi

    I am so happy to hear you liked this one. I have it coming up I think next week and the reviews are kind of mixed. I am excited about the whole space theme and hey I could use a good romance!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes, they are in space for a short while at the beginning of the book but then spend the bulk of the book on the planet they crash on. I hope you love it – I know I did. Probably not for everyone but I’ve heard more people say they loved it – I haven’t seen any negative reviews but then I don’t tend to look at other reviews for something until after I’ve read it and my review has gone live. Saves me headaches that way haha.

  2. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Okay before I comment on the review, I just have to say this: the font for your blog post titles has just given me an epiphany about ampersands. I adore ampersands, and this one is definitely different. I mean, it looks so much like “Et” which made me realize that perhaps that’s how the ampersand came about. You know, since “Et” = “and”? OHMYGOSH that is cool.

    Whew! So. I have to say, I wasn’t too excited about this book when I saw it being pitched as the Titanic thing, so I’m really glad that that part only took up a small portion of the beginning before all the COOL STUFF happened! You know, now that you point out how character-driven this novel is — I mean, it basically has 2 characters in it — I love that the planet feels like a character all on its own. Ahhh such a good book! <3
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh hey you are totally right! I agree I like that the space crash thing was only a small part – I can’t imagine dragging out a ship going down for an entire book….that would be too much for me. I’m probably one of the only people I know that hasn’t watched Titanic a million times. Please tell me you are the other person who hasn’t either haha.

      YES! The planet was like another character! Very good point. Not one that got a whole lot of limelight but yes I see what you mean. I’m amazed I loved it so much when you consider the whole book is mostly just the two of them. Oh Tarver…if I were only 18 again….hehe (psssst I spent almost 6 years in the army hehe it’s that uniform you can’t beat it.)

      • Kelley (Another Novel Read)

        Bahahaha! Girl, you *know* I haven’t watched Titanic more than once! (Dude, for real, not sure I’ve even seen the whole thing through. My sister watched it repeatedly and I just got so sick of it, lol. O_O)

        Oh how cool, I didn’t realize you’d been in the army! Did that help you relate to Tarver? I mean, I had no problems relating to him, but I’m wondering if you connected with him on another level.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Love loved this one. I am actually thinking I might be developing a taste for SF romance haha. I don’t like regular romance and even fantasy romance I often find just I don’t know MEH. I think the SF puts a twist on things that makes me really enjoy the very few I’ve read. Course I think I’ve only read 2 that I can think of. So I’m eager to try / find more. Got any good recs?

      • Pamela D

        The only book that comes to mind is Soulless, but that is more traditional fantasy romance. I was a bit meh about Ghost Planet (if I recall I wanted more romance or something), but you might like it. Humans are moving to a new planet. The planet is great except when people set foot on the planet a being that looks and acts like a human starts following the people around. These beings look liked the humans deceased loved ones. That sounds super creepy. It isn’t super creepy.
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