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Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Published by: Disney Hyperion on December 10th, 2013

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Science Fiction // Young Adult // Fantasy


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.

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

Okay, I won’t beat around the bush. I loved this.

Boom. Five stars.

THESE BROKEN STARS tells a story about survival, about love, about deadly secrets and hope that can make a heartbeat again. I was lost into this story right at the beginning and as the story progressed I simply couldn’t stop reading.

Guys! This is not a story about a girl flying in space in a dress! That’s only in the first chapter. I swear!

“Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?” “Medium.” “Excuse me?” “How am I supposed to answer that question?”

I read this book in 2015 and I absolutely loved it and since I was feeling nostalgic, I decided to reread it and I loved it even more!

Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the most powerful man in the galaxy. Traver Merendsen is a decorated war hero. The two met on board the Icarus the pride of the LaRoux concern. And like the name is already implying falls the Icarus from the sky. Now Traver and Lilac are stranded on a strange planet, terraformed but without human life. They try to survive till rescue teams come to get them. But then Lilac starts to hear whispers…

“Would you like a rest? She considers the question, then nods, reaching up to tuck her hair back where it belongs. “Where will I sit?” Sit? Why, on this comfortable chaise lounge I’ve carried for you in my pocket, Your Highness. So glad you asked.”

Tarver is a great character; a mix of professionalism and humane, yielding weakness. Lilac is surprisingly deep as well and not the snotty socialite that she first seems. Lilac’s poise comes from a place of pain and seeing her growth in this book without the constant social pressure is really something to watch.

A fantastic start for a trilogy. Beautiful written, interesting, and something totally new and different. My only problem was the pacing was kind of slow in the middle of the book.

Also. the whispers are mysterious and I´m sure we will see and hear more about them in the next two books. I will reread the next part (new lead characters) asap and I can´t wait for the last book.

If you think you’ll enjoy a star crossed romance built around (space) shipwreck and survival on a mysterious planet, congrats. This book is for you.

Have you had the chance to read These Broken Stars?

Let me know in the comments!

happy reading!

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