I received this book for free from the Book Expo America in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 20 November 2013
Source: Book Expo America
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.
Thoughts: I read this book in January before I started student teaching, so this will be a quick review. Still, I wanted to make sure I reviewed it because I enjoyed it. It’s different and entertaining, although not perfect nor everything I hoped it would be.
There are plenty of things to like about These Broken Stars. We get two points of view, something I enjoy in romance, but we also get snippets of Tarver’s interrogation after the rescue. This set up really kept me flipping pages because I love seeing how different pieces in a novel will come together. I also appreciated the romance. Lilac is definitely a product of her upbringing, but, then again, so is Tarver. They’re from such completely different worlds and watching them reconcile the past and the future was one of my favorite parts of the book.
There is a major WTF moment at the end that I know other bloggers have commented on. It was definitely a surprise, but ultimately fell flat with me as a reader. View Spoiler » Lilac dies at the end, but then comes back. Personally, I like some things to be final, and I didn’t completely understand the science behind her return. I also thought that something so major could have been explored in much more depth in order to make it meaningful instead of just a plot point. « Hide Spoiler
Favorite Moments: When Lilac has to take care of Tarver. It is a very different manifestation of the inner strength that she’s always had.
WTF Moments: Finding out what happened to Simon, the first boy Lilac loved.
Overall: I enjoyed These Broken Stars and am curious to see how the two companion novels will fit into the world created by Kaufman and Spooner.