Thursday, January 16, 2014

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 384
Keywords: science fiction, aliens, romance
Format Read: ARC via NetGalley

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.

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.


  1. I finished this book a few days ago and immediately -- within seconds -- loaned it to my sister on Kindle. Seriously, such a good book!! It was very unique and entirely captivating. Loved your review!
    Dede (entering via your ARC giveaway)

  2. You know, I had a really hard time getting into this one too. Like, I saw all these raving, fangirling reviews over it all over the blogosphere, and I took me so long to get to the point where I couldn't put it down, but once I did, WOW! I fell in love! I can't wait to read the spin-off novel later this year!! Glad you enjoyed this one! :)

    -Becca @Pivot Book Reviews


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