Apr 20, 2014

Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars
Series: Starbound, #1
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
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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.

My Thoughts

Ever since this book's cover was revealed, I was eager to read it for two reasons: the cover (of course) and the synopsis. I was anticipating to finally read this last December 2013, however, I got distracted by other books that I somehow ended up reading this last March. I like the writing but there were things that the book didn't quite answered my questions. Although, I enjoyed reading this very much and I think it was really a good read and adventurous fictional world to be in.


The story started with a party with Tarver's POV and by the looks of it, he's not the kind of guy who's into these kind of events but was simply forced to because of his achieved status. The idea of the Icarus though had me quite awed and picturing it in my head over and over. Thinking how cool it would be to be on board, yet at the same time it would also be dangerous in case some things happen..and something did. When Lilac and Tarver's pod landed on some strange world or planet, they were forced to help each other in order to survive..even if they don't like to be in the same room or distance. The planet or world was never mentioned WHAT or WHERE (or if that was mentioned, I probably didn't notice) You're left to wondering what or where it is although I strongly think they landed on earth because of the rain and grass and other living thing. Then the spirit-like lights or things that Lilac seemed to be hallucinating and then Tarver. Those things made me confuse and they do play a part in a scene with Lilac..which was also confusing but it was explained. Still, I was very confused at that time.


There weren't enough characters to discuss aside from Lilac and Tarver because it happens that they were the only survivors after Icarus crashed. Lilac's a strong girl but sometimes her "strong" personality gets irritating when she refused help from Tarver even when it's so obvious she needs help. But she's really smart and I was surprised that she knows how to connect wires and fix this and that despite the status in life she's in. Tarver's a headstrong character but I think he quickly assumes things like with Lilac while they were still on board the Icarus and kind of think that she's some snob rich girl. His cold attitude while they were trying to survive was just rude. And he and Lilac fight a lot which was frustrating but later on they got adorable and sweet and romantic. Not that I mind much because it was nice having the two of them together happy and understanding.


The ending was edgy for me. To think that this is a trilogy but every book has different main characters. These Broken Stars ended unsatisfying for me because of the heated talk between Lilac and her father and Tarver trying to do something. I wish the POVs will be like Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles that even with different main characters in every book in the series, the previous characters still gets their own POV and appearance. I still like this and I do plan on rereading too.

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