These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Posted December 9, 2013 | 15 Comments

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 374
Source: Publisher

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like These Broken Stars or not when I first saw it, but decided to give it a chance. That turned out to be a very good decision. I wasn’t completely blown away by it, but it did surprise me. When I started this book, I was expecting something a bit different than what I got. Which means I was expecting the same ole stuff that I see in every other YA book these days. This book did start out that way for me, but then things started happening that really impressed me.

These Broken Stars starts out aboard the biggest space ship ever built, and it’s on its first voyage with 50,000 people. Think Titanic. This is where Tarver and Lilac meet. Lilac is the daughter of the most well-known and richest man in the galaxy. She is untouchable. Tarver, however, is a war hero. But the fact that he was born and raised on the frontier … a real planet, means he will never really be part of the elite crowd. Then something tragic happens, and Lilac and Tarver find themselves stranded on a deserted planet that should be bustling with people.

I thought this book was going to be just about these two falling in love while trying to survive on a planet for a while. And yes, that is a big part of it. There was a whole other element thrown in, though, that totally threw me off. Lilac starts hearing voices, whispers of people who aren’t there. This is where the really book grabbed me. Not only are Lilac and Tarver set out on a journey to get rescued, but there is a creepy vibe to it that kept me interested. I needed to know what the heck was happening! And no way am I even going to elude to what was going on, because the surprise was the best part for me.

While there were parts of These Broken Stars that dragged a bit, the last half of the book completely made up for that. And the world building was great! I found the Corporations and planet growing very interesting. The romance was a bit on the dull side for me, personally. It wasn’t bad, but I just wasn’t feeling the chemistry as much as I would have liked until the very end. As individuals, though, I enjoyed Lilac and Tarver quite a lot. I was especially pleased that we got both of their perspectives throughout the book.

When I got to the 85% mark in the book, something crazy had happened and I didn’t know how the authors were going to pull the ending off. I saw that this book was the first in a series, and thought there would be ridiculous cliffhanger that would make me mad. But then was told it’s only a companion series, so this book would end. I was on the edge of my seat wondering, guessing, and hoping. Thankfully, the authors brought it all together nicely.

Overall, These Broken Stars was a very good book and a wonderful surprise. I’ll definitely read the next book in the series, which will revolve around a different couple.


15 responses to “These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

    • Christy

      I thought it was going to be heavy on to sci fi/fantasy too, which is why I was reluctant at first. But it’s not. I mean, it feels a little more dystopian in a way. I don’t know, I think you’d like it.

  1. I was sooo excited about this book, I’m kind of glad that you are giving me a reality check, there’s nothing worst than letting the anticipation mess up the enjoyment of the a novel, that often happens to me when my expectations are too high.
    I’m just knocked down my excitement a notch, and I hope I get blown away tomorrow 🙂 I pre-ordered the audiobook.

    • Christy

      I hope you like it. It was definitely a nice surprise for me. I bet the audiobook version will be interesting!

  2. Okay, I just squeaked MY review of this one out and OMG! 85%… I was like, REALLY??? NO!! I grew up watching sci-fi with my parental units so I really love sci-fi so I think that’s why I really pushed myself thru the slow parts to finish this one. That’s why I was a bit more blown away by the “surprise” of what was really going on at that planet!

    You bring up the planet’s growth, too. How Tarver was saying that it was off from anything he’s seen before. That WAS cool, wasn’t it! Great point… I’m thinking I should have given this one maybe another 1/2 star up, maybe. It’s still sticking with me. It was such a vivid story.

    Remember when Tarver and Lilac saw the Icarus coming down??? Now that’s a crazy visual, huh???!!!

    Awesome review!!! How are your holidays going!?!?! 😀

  3. I’m almost finished reading this one so I’m trying to just skim reviews until then, but I’m so happy to hear this one worked for you and that the book will end in a nicely tied up way, and not have a terrible cliffie. So cool that the companion novels will feature other characters too! I’ll come back and give this a proper read when I’m finished. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your lovely review!

  4. I’m really loving the sound of this! I’ve only seen one or two bad reviews for it so far and I’m super excited to get into it myself. I’m definitely curious about the voices she hears.

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    • Christy

      I haven’t read many reviews for it, but the ones I did loved it. I’m curious to see what the bad reviews say, because I can see how some people might not like it. Hope you enjoy it, though!

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