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.
Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release date: December 10th, 2013
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, YA
When Helena offered me These Broken Stars for review on her blog, I jumped at the opportunity. So first, thank you, Helena, for allowing me the opportunity to read this utterly beautiful book!
To start off, I don’t read a whole ton of science fiction (unless you count dystopian as science fiction). Deep-space science fiction is a genre I have read little of. I mean, I’ve read Ender’s Game, Dune, and a few others, but it’s been a while since I’ve jumped back into this genre, particularly in the YA category.
I will tell you, I was a bit nervous, even though everyone around me told me how much I would totally adore this book.
But damn! I didn’t know how right everyone was. This book started off with a bang! Tarver was a hero that I could get on board with. He was real and so very male.
I love how they made him out to be a warm-blooded boy with thoughts that can verge on the inappropriate. It just made his character more realistic to me. The only character I found a tad more flat than I hoped was Lilac LaRoux. I felt like she was lacking in some way. I don’t know how, but I felt like she didn’t really come into her own until a situation caused her to act on her own outside of Tarver’s instruction, which didn’t happen till halfway through the book.
Despite this small problem, their romance was killer! I LOVED it! Tarver and Lilac complemented each other in ways that at first I didn’t think were possible, but Lilac has a backbone made of pride and sterner stuff that made me love their relationship.
The ending took me a bit by surprise because I felt like the climax went from 0 to 60 in 6 seconds flat, but then everything began making more sense. At the risk of giving away too much, I will stop there, but know that this book is SOOOO worth reading.
It’s a book that I will reread just for kicks. I even bought it on audiobook. That’s how good this book was. Also, it’s phenomenal! The guy who reads Tarver’s POV is fantastic… and his voice. Unf! If you are as late to the game as I was, I would encourage you to hop on this book train real fast! You won’t regret it!
I gave this book 5+ stars.
Thank you so much for reviewing “These Broken Stars” Amanda. I also loved and adored this book and it’s definitely a reread.
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