I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Source: the Publisher
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.
This book is incredibly original and unique in its own genre! I’ve read quite some Sci-Fi books, but this one is one of the best and safely on the bookshelves with my other favourite books! Everything about this novel distinguishes itself and sets it apart from usual Sci-Fi reads. These Broken Stars reminds me of the Titanic, but instead of an ‘unsinkable’ ship it is an ‘unsinkable’ spaceship that travels in hyperspace mode across light years. It has this mysterious and somewhat eerie undertone that I love, as well as some major plot twists.
This story is told from alternating perspectives from Lilac LaRoux and Taver Merendsen. Which works perfectly in this story. Lilac and Taver couldn’t be more different, they both lead very different lives and grew up in a different class. Lilac is upper class, daughter of the richest man in the universe and appears to be very materialistic. Taver is the complete opposite is a young war hero and grew up in a middle-class family. Their differences is what makes the alternating point of view work so well, and even better is that as the story progresses we see their differences grow less and less. It makes the Lilacs character develop that much more visible.
I did not like Lilac at first. Well, basically I did not like her because of how she treated Taver. As I mentioned before she seemed very materialistic. Very much acting like a spoiled rich girl. However, you can also tell –because you partially read from her point-of-view as well –that she is hiding something and all the signs signal that she is trying to protect Taver. Not that it makes sense, but you know that you don’t know the whole story. She really grows throughout the story and I liked her spunk more and more, and we don’t know the entire story until the end –as it figures, she was protecting Taver.
One of the best parts of this book is the slow build in Lilac and Tavers relationship. I love some romance in my books and how their relationship slowly built and grew into something beautiful. But the it wasn’t just about the romance, survival was just as important. Because they have to survive they have to learn to cooperate and get over their prejudices. They need each other and so they grow closer and eventually they fall in love. The process is beautiful to read!
I honestly can’t wait to read the second Starbound installment, because I honestly have no idea where this story’s headed next! It can’t come fast enough!