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Sunday, January 12, 2014

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

YA Sci-Fi, 374 pages
Starbound #1
My rating: 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.


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 2 cents

AMAZING 5 star read!!

Seriously, this was one of my favorite books I read in 2013. It was totally fresh and new and exciting, and also very surprising how much I loved it!

I would classify this one as YA sci-fi/romance. Basically this takes place in the far future in space. We have Lilac, the daughter of one of the richest men in the universe. She is basically like a spoiled princess, but there is more to her than meets the eye. Then we have Tarver, a soldier who is somewhat of a hero, even though he really wants nothing to do with the upper class society.

Lilac and Tarver end up being the only survivors on a huge space ship, and crash land on a strange planet. Things are not looking good for them--they don't know where they are, and all of their radio equipment has been destroyed. They set off on a journey across the planet to find the wreck of the big shape ship, and hopefully, find a rescue team there.

Lilac and Tarver can't stand each other and have almost nothing in common, but at the same time, they must rely on each other for survival. And so a strange love/hate relationship blossoms.
At the same time, there is obviously something really strange about the planet. Lilac keeps hearing whispers, and strange events soon start taking place. 

What I loved about this book--the setting, the characters (so likable, realistic and fun!), the mystery, the twists (one of them literally made my heart skip a beat!), and the plot. 

What I didn't like about this book? Absolutely nothing. This book was perfection from beginning to end! Anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy at all will want to read this. Anyone who loves a believable romance WITHOUT A LOVE TRIANGLE will want to read this! This book completely transcends it genre, and its hard for me to imagine anyone NOT liking this one! 

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