These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Keywords: science fiction, aliens, romance
Format Read: ARC via NetGalley
I'll be the first to admit it — it was slow going. I started this way back at the beginning of December, and it took me quite a few attempts to make it to the 20% mark on my Kindle. But once I did...
So it got way more intense once I finally reached the point of the book where the stakes were upped and the characters felt more real and everything was already going. Here's where I talk about what I liked. The whole premise, plot, etc. of the book. This was like, the first ACTUAL science fiction young adult book I've read. I don't count dystopia. That's its own whole category. This was legitimate science fiction, and I loved that. I'm a huge sci-fi girl, so I was extremely excited that this book was even in that genre. And it completely fulfilled and surpassed my expectations as far as what physically happened in the book and how the characters dealt with it.
And I even liked the development of the characters. Obviously, you don't have to like the characters for a book to be good, but everything these characters did and said and tried was completely believable to who they were and who the authors made them to be. And yes, Lilac seemed petty and annoying at times, but let's be real guys, she was basically a princess who got thrown from the spacecraft and had to trek through the unknown environment in her dress and heels. So yeah, I'd probably be a little unsettled too. I really loved Tarver a lot. I loved his actions, his stuggles, and his point of view chapters. Pretty much everything. And I know a lot of people said they were too young, but I disagree. Tarver was older, and Lilac was seventeen, but she experienced a lot and seemed very mature (even with all the huffing and whining) and I thought it worked well for what it was.
The only thing holding me back was how slow the beginning was and how long it took for any sort of interesting action to happen, but once it got going it was great.
Read When: You want a legit sci-fi story with a lot of high tech happenings and exploration with a definite romance line.