Title: These Broken Stars
Series: Starbound #1
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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From the Publisher: 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.
I love that we’re seeing more Young Adult Science Fiction. It’s a genre that’s been underrated and overlooked for years.
Space travel. Multiple dimensions. Alien races. Newly inhabited planets. This is the stuff of dreams for SciFi nerds like me.
These Broken Stars is a debut novel, and it shows in some ways – there are notes of other stories (Across the Universe and Titanic) – but it’s a solid story that deserves to stand on its own merit.
Tarver and Lilac could not be more different. And while their love was to be expected (when your survival is dependent on one another and you’re the only two people on the entire planet it seems inevitable) it wasn’t cliche or insta-love by any stretch of the imagination.
The character development in this book was my favorite. Not the story or the setting or anything else – but the character development. Tarver and Lilac were not the same people at the end of the book as they were at the beginning. They grew, they changed, they became the kind of people they wanted to be rather than who they were expected to be. It was a beautiful transformation, even though it was dotted with some grief and sorrow along the way. Ed Note: make sure you have some tissues handy near the end of the book.
And above all – they survived. I honestly don’t know that I would have survived what they went through. Crash landing on a strange planet? Then dealing with hallucinations? No, I would have been one of the first ones gone. But Lilac – she’s one tough cookie.
If you love good science fiction with romance mixed in, then this is definitely the book for you.
What Others Are Saying:
- The Midnight Garden: In fact, when I finished it, I smiled, snuggled into my pillow, and fell fast asleep with a sort of sweet, glow-y feeling. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series; the world that Spooner and Kaufman have created here is rich and warm, and I want to dive into it and never come out.
- Another Novel Read: I loved it so much that as soon as I closed the ARC and wiped my tears away, I went online and pre-ordered it (I have never done that before). This may not only be my favorite YA book of 2013, but my favorite YA book ever.
- Recovering Potter Addict: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner combines an absorbing plot, solid characterization, and a swoony romance to create an outstanding sci fi novel.