Monday, February 10, 2014

Review - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: December 10th, 2013 
Paperback/Hardcover: 374
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi
Find it at: Goodreads / Bookdepository

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.

The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the cover. It’s beautiful isn’t it? Gladly the story is as good as the cover!
Everything is as it should be inside the luxury spaceship Icarus until, suddenly, it’s not. The ship is suddenly yanked out of hyperspace and crashes into the neared planet.
From the moment everything goes wrong it’s up to Tarver and Lilac to find a way to stay alive and find out the secrets of the mysterious planet they crashed onto.
Tarver is the main male character and I thought he was wonderful. He’s strong and determined and skilled when it comes to surviving and adapting. He might not feel exactly at easy inside the Icarus but he doesn’t let it show.
Lilac has led a sheltered life. Her father is perhaps the most powerful man in the galaxy and she’s used to getting what she wants. She’s not completely spoiled, though. She’s smart and determined as well and there’s much more to her than what one would initially think.
The relationship between Tarver and Lilac is very interesting and complex. They are almost exact opposites but, somehow, they fit well together. They might fight and get on each other’s nerves but, in the end, they complement each other.
I loved the whole Titanic in space concept and I have to say here was a survival aspect to this book I wasn’t expecting but really enjoyed. The story is different and creative and definitely very interesting. I wanted to know what would happen to Tarver and Lilac and couldn’t put the book down until I did.
All in all, These Broken Stars is a different, well-written and fun story that was able to keep me entertained and interested right from the start. I enjoyed the mystery and Tarver and Lilac’s journey to solve it and find their way.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series now. 
If you enjoy a good Young Adult book with science fiction aspects, you should definitely give this book a try!

Rating:   Somewhere between Worth Your Time and Must Read (4 ½ Stars)

1 comment:

  1. Oh this one sounds so much like Across the Universe- have you read that? It must be different though! Glad you enjoyed the book. Great review! :)

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