Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars -  Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerPublisher: Disney Hyperion (December 10th 2013)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Series: Starbound #1
Source:  Netgalley
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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.


This book. It’s really pretty. Right from the gorgeous cover to the last page. I’m cheating with review a bit with .gifs b/c words can’t describe the prettiness.

The thing I loved about this book, is it’s more than what you expect.

It starts off as Titanic in space. It’s a love story.

CITS - ship

Lilac and Tarver, two people on the opposite sides of the societal spectrum. There’s an attraction, but they know it’s not going to work, so they come out fighting.

But than disaster strikes. Suddenly it becomes more than a love story. It’s about survival. Crash landing on a planet with no other survivors, they have  better things to worry about than their attraction to each other. They trek across terrains of all sorts to try to get to the crashed Icarus.

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But of course, it’s still a love story. There’s still some cute moments right? But man do we have to work for it. Which is the best part, because it’s not just instantaneous. All the things they go through, you can see them building a bond and creating that equal relationship that’s going to last. It’s definitely worth it when they realize that they do truly care for each other.

“The breeze is stiffer up here, are you cold?”

“What would you do if I say yes?” I grin back at him. “Offer me some of your fever?”

“Sharing is caring.”

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But wait! There’s more! It’s a freak’n psychology thriller too!?

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I love the underlying dark tones that set up this conflict of “is she crazy, is she not?”, of what’s real and what isn’t. This is where we get to see that Lilac is stronger than you think she is, not just physically, but mentally too. But we also get see more of Tarver too, not just his strength and survival instinct, but also his weaknesses.

Point is, this book knows how to pull some heartstrings.

The story is told from both Tarver’s and Lilac’s POV, so it’s pretty easy to build a connect with both of them. The universe that they live in is an intriguing one. They crash land on a planet that may have been inhabited at one point, but now abandon and there a lot of hidden secrets. At the beginning of the book, Tarver is interviewed by an officer to give his statement about what happened on the planet, I love seeing how his retelling parallels and diverges from what actually happened to him and Lilac.

These Broken Stars is a gorgeous combination of sci-fi, romance and action with a mysterious and fascinating edge. I definitely can’t wait to see more with the companion book This Shattered World (awesome title)! (Apparently we might get to see a little more of Tarvers, which in my book, is always a plus). Also, this book may have reminded me a bit of Studio Ghibili’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky (:

{* Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Find Amie Kaufman:

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0 Replies to “Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

  1. I just finished reading These Broken Stars and I thought it was amazing! I liked the interview snippets that Tarver gave, they really set up each chapter. The romance was built up really well and by the time they kissed it was like ABOUT TIME! Great review 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m glad you liked it! I loved the interview snippets too! I know right!! I loved the little conversation between Alex & Tarver about kissing Lilac, so adorable.Thanks (:

  2. I’m so excited for this book I can’t even tell you. Why isn’t it released in the UK until December? I’M DYING HAVING TO WAIT lol.

    1. Not too much longer to wait! I think it doesn’t come out until December in US/Canada too but I was lucky enough to get an e-arc. I hope you love it! I’m going to buy a copy anyways because the cover’s so pretty 😉 haha.

  3. I’m so excited for These Broken Stars! I’m so curious about the mystery aspect, and can not wait to dig into this world where they crash to! Wonderful review (love the gifs). 🙂

    1. Yay! I hope you love it! The mystery aspect definitely gave it that wonderful edge over other books. Thanks!

  4. Fun review — you and I pretty much agreed. I thought this would be romance in space and was not expecting all the survival stuff or the suspense!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Thanks (: Awesome haha. I love that it surprisingly more than just a romance too!

  5. Alise (Readers in Wonderland) says: Reply

    Love the gifs, and Titanic in space sounds absolutely freaking amazing. I’m definitely excited, the balance of the romance and action and sci fi seems perfect.

    1. Thanks! It was pretty awesome! I hope you love it!

  6. Must add this one to the TBR pile!

    I love the cover and it would look really nice on my shelves. But, as soon as you mentioned that it was also a psychological thriller as well, I was sold. I love when the main character is slightly crazy.

    1. Yes, this is definitely a must read! It would for sure look pretty on the shelf right?! Hope you enjoy!

  7. Fun pics in the review

  8. I’m so glad you really liked this one! I was such a fan of it when I read it. I’m so eager for book 2. This is one of my favorite duos!

    1. I’m glad you like it too! It was such a lovely read wasn’t it? I can’t wait for more!

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