Tuesday, January 28, 2014

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars

Starbound 1

Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Pages: 374 pgs
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi Fantasy
Release Date: December 10th 2013
Review Source: Publisher/Purchase

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.

For anyone who read my Top Tens for 2013, you'll remember that I mentioned this book a number of times as one of my favorites for the year. Well now I get to tell you why.

The description was the first thing to pull me in, it sounded so intriguing and unlike anything else I'd read as of late. Then I saw the cover and knew that I had to get my hands on it. Getting to read it early has only made me anxious for the next book, but I know it will be worth it.

My sister and I discussed how this book didn't read like a debut (yes it is co-authored). It read like a book written by seasoned authors. I'm not sure how else to say it, but I hope that makes sense. These two, Amie and Meagan, are a dynamic duo.

One of the best parts about this book was that each chapter alternated points of view. So we got to hear from both Lilac and Tarver. Normally that's not my favorite thing, but I loved how Amie and Meagan did it. Both characters voices were strong and distinct. We got to see not only the changes in their relationship through each of their eyes, but also got to see how they viewed their new circumstances.

When I think of the sci-fi genre, I tend to lean more towards movies and sometimes television shows, but this book changed my mind. I loved everything about it and at one point found it almost impossible to put down. Again, Amie and Meagan did an absolutely brilliant job with this first book and I can't wait for more from them. 

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