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[Book Review] - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars
   Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
   Series: #1 - Starbound
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 11th, 2014
   My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

     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.

My Review:

     These Broken Stars was a sci-fi romance that just turned my whole view on romance upside down. Granted it's not something I would recommend to people who enjoy romance or sci-fi alone, it's got that special touch and I can see a few that would enjoy this novel. What throws the whole bit for a loop is the survival on a foreign plant with two people who are complete polar opposites.

     Lilac is this smug almost annoyingly so, rich girl who strives for all the fancies and wonders of the world. However her father keeps a rather tight leash on her, and maybe rightfully so. She expects people to know who she is, grovel and yet underneath all the expectation there is a little bit of her that wants to be treated normally. Someone who wants love her for who she is and not the fame or money. I can imagine how lonely or sad she is.

     Tarver is the opposite, a war hero that's traveled around the universe and helped and saved lives of those all around. He comes from nothing, he knows what it's like to have nothing and he lives with almost as little as possible and always has a survival bag nearby for when things go wrong. He's thorough, thoughtful and observant, until he meets Lilac and doesn't recognize who she is. It's at that moment when things take a turn for the romantic.

     Tarver isn't the one to be strung out or misled, so when her identity comes out he avoids her like the plague. The turning tide is a ship malfunction that frankly comes out of nowhere, Tarver is forced to save her and find a special escape pod (for her) to save either of them. During so he learns that she isn't exactly who she is perceived. She can do some electrical work and manages to free the pod from the ship, during their crash landing. It's great seeing the actual Lilac to the perceived one.

     However on the planet we get to see another side of Lilac that struggles with Tarver, she whines and complains and is afraid of nearly everything. Yet when he tries to help, when what they are going through is his speciality she argues she pushes him away and it was frustrating to read. She won't trust him, because she thinks he's just like every other guy. Tarver is the one that going against what he believes, he saves her over and over.

     The survival tale is more of them trekking across the planet, trying to find the main ship for supplies of a beacon to contact Lilac's father. Along the way, there's an animal attack, the cold nights, water and immense rain that pushes Tarver to the limits looking out for Lilac. However in doing so he falls for her, which isn't totally intended. When they get to the ship, he comes ill and this time around it turns to Lilac to enter the ship to save him, keep him warm, and fall for him in return.

     The ending of the book was different, and turns completely sci-fi on everything. You get the feeling there's an alien life that wants left alone on the planet, which helps the two out throughout the book. However in doing so, pushes Lilac and Tarver further toward the ship and answers. The story pushes the two together, and forces the two into a survival against much more than just the planet.
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