ARC Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on December 10, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
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About the Book:
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.(
Just so everyone remembers, I’m not the largest sci-fi fan as a reader. Most of it results in me conking out midsentence as the author drones on about some techy thing that might be really awesome, but after the 5th elaborate description, I’m done. Yeah I’m totally a visual sci-fi junkie but that’s my fault.
Thankfully, These Broken Stars is not that kind of sleep inducing sci-fi. It’s a blend, or crossover if you will, between straight fantasy with some settings taking place on a spaceship and some on a developed planet. While you’re always grounded and know where you’re at, both settings work really well at showing backstory, while pushing the story forward.
Characters, this is where I found the star (or controller) dropping. I loved Tarver and found him to have depth and intrigue. Lilac, eh, I didn’t dislike her, but I felt she needed more work. I kept flashing back to Rose from Titanic and how she treated Jack. She does move forward and changes, and I did like her a whole lot more toward the end, but I never quite loved her as I loved Tarver.
The plot grabs you from the first page. Excellent use of weaving back story and no head desk moments where I lost complete interest. Honestly, I’ll let the blurb speak for itself. If you’re a series/trilogy lover or a stand-alone fan, you can read this one just fine. It offers the reader closure, but if you want more, it’s available too.
I’d recommend to sci-fi fans, fantasy fans, and those who enjoy YA romances with a little heat but fade to black endings. I’d love to read more and will keep my eye out in the future.