These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner | Book Review

Posted March 5, 2014 by Zeee in Reviews | 3 Comments


These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner | Book Review
Title: These Broken Stars
Written by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 10th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 378
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


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“Amazing. Unique.  I couldn’t put it down!”

Let me just start with WOW!  Just. WOW!  I can’t help but gush about this book.  I had initially heard a lot of good things about it and I decided to give it a go.  Little did I know that I would immediately be sucked into a weird and different world.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the first book in the Starbound Trilogy.

The story, set in the future where space travel is possible, focuses on the struggle and growth of two amazing characters: Lilac and Tarver.  Lilac, the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy is on a spaceship called the Icarus bound for another planet.  She meets Tarver, a very young war hero who immediately is attracted to her.  Tarver, on the other hand, does not recognize Lilac and treats her like a normal person. Lilac initially reciprocates but gives him a set down in front of her friends.  The reason for this set down will be explained at the end of the book.

Traver vows to stay away from her until the spaceship Icarus gets kicked out of hyper speed and crashes on an unknown planet.  Barely able to get aboard a maintenance ship, Lilac saves Tarver’s life by “hot wiring” the ship off the Icarus and crash landing on the planet.  The two are immediately at odds as both of them try to lead each other.  Lilac reluctantly follows Traver on a journey to reach the fallen Icarus to signal for help.  The trip takes days on foot with both experiencing an appreciation of each other and growing into stronger people.

I absolutely love this story.  I love Lilac and most especially Tarver.  At the start of the book, Lilac comes off as a spoiled-little-rich-girl but as the story progresses, you see her grow into a strong woman.  I love how the authors developed each of the characters.  I felt like I really got to know both of them.  It does help that they are the only two characters in the book.

Another thing that I loved about it is that it is written in both Lilac and Tarver’s POV, with the alternating voice in every chapter.  I really thought this was a good way for the reader to get to know both of the characters well since they were basically the only two characters of the story.  Reading with an alternating POV in every chapter is sometimes confusing but the authors have written it in such a way that each chapter flows seamlessly with each other.  In fact, there was NEVER a part of the book that I had to stop and scratch my head in confusion.

The third part that I love about the story is its uniqueness.  The twist, in the end, was so different that it was disturbing – but in a good way, I think.  I’m still not comprehending what just happened in the last few chapters BUT I think that is a good thing.  What with all the YA novels being a copy of each other, this was something that hasn’t been done before – at least, nothing that I have read, anyway.

I am impatiently waiting for the second book in the series.  From what I have learned, it is a totally different story with totally different characters but the stories happen around the same time.  So KUDOS to both authors.  I am definitely pre-ordering This Shattered World.  This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 5

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her work has been published in fifteen countries, won the Aurealis Award for Best YA Novel, been named the Huffington Post’s best YA novel of the year, shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award and is in development for TV. Her first series, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars, and her new series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, will start this October with Illuminae. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.


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