Title: These Broken Stars
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound Trilogy
Date Started: July 20
Date Finished: July 21
Format: Hardcover from local library
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 torturous 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.
You know, for a person who claims not to like books about space, I sure have been reading a lot of books about it this year. And all I have to say is: oh well, tastes change and that Ms. Kaufman has an obsession with destroying spaceships (see review for Illuminae). Anyway, I digress. I won’t lie and say that this book had me completely captivated, because it didn’t. The first thirty pages were slow going and it wasn’t until the Icarus crashed and Tarver and Lilac realized they were probably the only survivors that things got rather interesting. The dynamic between those two reminded me a lot of the MCs in Illuminae. They’re both stubborn and they bicker constantly, but it isn’t until they see the ‘gooey’ sides of each other – tragic backstories, family life, etc. – that they’re really able to connect. I have to admire Lilac’s stamina because it must have taken a lot for her to walk the wilderness in a dress and high heels without really stopping to complain until Tarver forced her to accept his help to mend the injuries.
These Broken Stars completely blew me away too with the whole whispers thing and Lilac’s demise with over 90 pages left to go in the book. The whispers and they’re true intentions was actually kind of mind boggling – this is where the sci-fi stuff came in – and it went over my head. Something about an experiment that Lilac’s dad was doing to become master of the universe? I don’t know. But it doesn’t seem to be too big of a deal…yet. As for her death. I kind of flipped a little bit. I’ve seen authors kill off their MCs before – yes, Veronica Roth I’m looking at you – but usually at the end of the trilogy, not before the end of book 1! I was kind of at a loss of what was going to happen in the rest of the book and I’m kind of surprised by what happened…
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A very good start to a new trilogy. I’m very curious to see where book 2 is going to go. Hopefully we’ll learn more about Tarver’s past – like that ex-girlfriend perhaps? – and what exactly is going on with Lilac’s father.
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