Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Posted December 12, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review , , , / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 10, 2013
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Illuminae, Gemina, Their Fractured Light

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.

I first saw a fellow blogger, Octavia at Read Sleep Repeat, gush about this book.  I knew I had to move it to the top of my list.  Octavia didn’t let me down.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into These Broken Stars.  I wasn’t a fan of Lilac.  She seemed to have a crappy attitude, and a better than you type of personality.  That completely put me off.  But you find out why she acts that way, and see her grow so much as a person.  She’s not even close to the same person she is in the beginning.  I adored Tarver.  He is rough around the edges, but overall he is a good man.  He stands by his duty to protect any person he can.  We also get to see his weaknesses, which adds to his personality.

The thing that turned me off at the beginning is that the whole plot seemed a little too much like the movie Titanic. The whole thing with the ship almost made me stop reading.  But I’m so glad I stuck through it.  I can’t really tell you a ton about what happens when they land without spoiling it for you.  But there are a few really creepy situations.  The most prominent theme in this book is survival.   Lilac and Tarver have to come through so many obstacles, and they do wonder if they will make it in the end.  There is romance, but it’s not the main focus.  It didn’t need to be either.

I loved this book.  And I wish the journey of Lilac and Tarver didn’t have to end.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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