Title – Author: These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Series/Standalone: Series – Starbound #1
Format – Source: ARC – Borrowed
Icarus, a luxury spaceliner, is the best made ship in the galaxy. No one ever expected anything to go wrong on its voyage, but catastrophe strikes when it’s pulled out of hyperspace and crashes onto a nearby planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are the only survivors. A socialite and a decorated war hero, Lilac and Tarver have nothing in common. In any other circumstances, they’re being anywhere near each other would end in disaster. But now Lilac and Tarver are forced to stick together to survive. They find comfort in each other in a terrible situation and as they grow closer, they begin to wonder if rescue is even what they want.
I haven’t read a good YA science fiction novel in forever, so I was really excited about These Broken Stars. Don’t worry…this one isn’t just Titanic in space.
I don’t even know where to start, because this story is gigantic in scope. There’s politics, romance, interplanetary travel, mystery, danger…it pretty much has it all. I’m hooked on this world, which I’m hoping to get more of in the rest of the series since almost all of the story takes place on a deserted planet. I want to know more about the galaxy and LaRoux industries. Even with all of those elements, this is very much a survival story. Lilac and Tarver have to figure out how to stay warm at night, how to get food, how to survive extreme weather.
I loved Lilac and Tarver’s interactions, from their first meeting to their time alone on the planet. Their bickering is super amusing and I particularly enjoy how Tarver is a match for Lilac. She’s grown up manipulating people and winning arguments, but Tarver can definitely stand on his own. Prepare yourselves for the swoons, because Tarver with his hot survival skills, handsomeness, and protectiveness is sure to make you fall in love with him.
The writing really brings the story to life. In the scene where the Icarus crashes, I could see it all in my mind. It’s my favorite scene in the book and I’m still thinking about it because it’s just that visual. And speaking of visuals, the cover is spot on. That’s exactly how I pictured Lilac and her ridiculous dress.
The one place where I felt the story was lacking was at the end when the mystery of the whispers was revealed and what happens with Lilac. I got a bit lost there and felt that it wasn’t really fleshed out well. I didn’t really like the reveal and thought it didn’t fit into the story. That’s just my opinion, though, and it might not bother other readers.
Other than one small caveat, I thoroughly enjoyed These Broken Stars. This is a must-read for science fiction fans and an intriguing start to a new trilogy.
7 – really good but missing a little something – George Weasley