Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
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.