Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Release Date: December 10, 2013
from Disney Hyperion
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"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 Thoughts:

This book kinda blew me away. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I started reading, but I got so much more from the story than I expected. It was such a fantastic read full of sci-fi goodness. This is a story that builds slowly but beautifully and keeps you on edge the entire time. 

I’m going to start with my favorite thing about the book, which is the style in which it was written. We switch perspectives between Lilac and Tarver and I love a dual POV done right and this one was done right. Both had their own distinct voice and gave a very different, yet needed side to the story. Tarver gave us the survival and tough way to address the situation they are in. The perspective that shows that they are equipped to survive this. Lilac gives us the perspective of someone who is not really ready to deal with this situation. She is the perspective most readers will be able to relate to. She is scared and lost but doesn’t want to show it. It was great to see this situation cast is such different lights side by side. However, the dual perspective isn’t even the best thing about the style. The best thing is that the story starts off with what seems to be a conversation with Tarver and then flashes back to him meeting Lilac and all the events that follow. He is clearly recapping the story to this unknown questioner. During the story we keep flashing back to this conversation. Personally, I thought this was brilliant. It keeps the reader guessing and wondering what happened to land Tarver where he is. With each very brief scene you get another teeny tiny piece of the puzzle and you slowly unravel things. These scenes have you racing through the pages to see how Tarver gets there. I mean when scenes end like this: “We’re after the truth.” “That’s exactly what I’ve given you. You’re looking for something else.” how can you not be left dying for more? 

Lilac and Tarver are both great characters, but they are also realistic. Tarver is strong and great, but he is also hesitant to believe in things that don’t have hard facts. Lilac is also strong and not the princess everyone thinks she is, but she is stubborn and not willing to show an ounce of weakness, even when it would be okay to. Both have flaws and that is what makes them wonderful characters. They are both living with insecurities, even on a planet where they are all alone. It is hard to drop all the stigmas that would have kept you apart back home. It is also very easy to doubt your feelings or the other person’s feelings when you are literally the only two people on the planet. All of these insecurities and doubts were portrayed wonderfully, but it was also very clear to the reader how the characters truly feel, even if the characters don’t see it. 

The romance between Tarver and Lilac is one of my absolute favorites… like ever. It is very slow building and nobody could ever accuse it of insta love. It builds very slowly and very beautifully. They grow to love each other and get to know each other. They work past insecurities and doubts. They slowly take down the walls between them brick by brick. In all honesty, the romance isn’t even the most important aspect. It really is about the journey these two people take on this unknown planet and the crazy things they encounter while there and how it changes them and even makes them better. This life threatening situation brought out the very best in them. 

My only complaint with the book is the ending. I felt like it needed a little bit more. I get why it ended where it did, and it was good and everything was wrapped up, but I would have loved an epilogue a little but further down the timeline. Other than that, I truly loved everything about this book. 

These Broken Stars is a fantastic read and one I highly recommend. Sci-Fi fans, this is one you HAVE TO pick up!


  1. I'm sold!!! I love when the dualing POV is told amazingly! I really want to check out the writing style too! I love when I encounter a book with such a unique writing style ;) I definitely love the sound of the characters and I have a feeling I would looovvveee their romance! Sucks, though, that the ending was your only complaint :(

    I definitely have to get this one!!!

    Loved your review!!

  2. This is the second rave review I've read for this book today. I'm intrigued!

    New follower

  3. I have always loved the cover of this book, I don't know why I haven't picked it up (probably that ever growing list of books). It does sound great and I think you are pushing me to get it! Nice review!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. I love an excellent dual narrative. TBS has been receiving so much hype for months. It's nice to see that it is well-deserved.

    Great review, Teresa!

  5. This is the second raving review I've read for These Broken I MUST pick it up! :) I'm liking that Lilac (love her name) and Tarver are realistic characters and that there is a slow build to everything...but that the story keeps you 'on edge'. Wonderful review, Teresa!

  6. Great review! I loved the dual perspectives and the characterizations and the romance as well. Tarver and Lilac are now counted among my favorite couples. They're great. I also really loved the split scenes in between the chapters. That was an unexpected delight, and I thought it gave a great look at Tarver's personality away from Lilac. I do agree that the ending was a little too abrupt. I'm worried about the fallout from the ending. However, it was a lovely read, and I can't wait for #2!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

    1. Yeah, I know the next book is different characters but I wonder how the events in this one will impact the next book!

  7. I just finished this! And I loved it! I loved Tarver! And the interactions bt him and Lilac were hilarious and sweet. Yeah, this book was a bit slow, but it was still very good. The characters and the romance were def the best parts of it all. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  8. Great review! I have seen this book around and I love the cover. I am super intrigued by it and after reading your review, it is going on my TBR (damn never ending TBR!)

  9. I am kicking myself for passing this one up for review. Everywhere I look, readers are gushing over this story... and most importantly, my wifey is, too! After this amazing review and what you've shared with me, I know I'm going to be blown away by this one, too. I can't wait!!


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