Review of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars
By: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 10th 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Barnes and Noble

A copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

The Story:
I think everyone can agree that the cover for These Broken Stars is beyond beautiful. Thankfully the story, characters and writing match perfectly with the cover boosting this into my top favorites of 2013.

I was impressed and really enjoyed the different atmospheres Kaufman and Spooner were able to provide throughout the book. We start on a grand spacecraft, like the Titanic. This section of the book felt romantic and historical to me. I loved all the details and found it very easy to imagine this giant ship traveling through space. Of course, it reminded me of the Doctor Who episode Voyage of the Damned. Anytime I’m reminded of The Doctor we are on the right path.

Once I was fully immersed (and fondly comparing aspect to Voyage of the Damned and Titanic) things changed. Panic ensued and tragedy struck. It was done beautifully, I was able to feel the stress of the passengers and our main characters. I swear I was holding my breath at times and eager to see what would happen next. I read this with my reading group (Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings, Krys from Bibliopunkk and Jon from Scott Reads It) so we had a certain amount to read each night. I am typically right on track or a tad behind. With this book  it was a struggle to not keep reading. This feeling is a great and wonderful thing for a book blogger.

After the spaceliner crashed we get to read vivid and lush descriptions of the alien planet making it very easy to imagine what life would be like there. The book’s atmosphere changes again, thrusting the reader into a survivalist tale filled with mystery, romance, science fiction and even a touch of paranormal. I wasn’t expecting for there to be any aspects of this story that would creep me out but to my happy surprise there were. Lilac hears voices, murmurs and sees things that should not be there. This element really added to the story to me and was so happy to see it explored.

The Characters:
Told in dual first person point of views, These Broken Stars allows its readers to get to see the story unfold from both the main characters eyes. Lilac and Tarver are exquisitely crafted, each with a unique personality and distinct point of view. I loved them apart as much as together and felt that we were able to really grasp their strengths and weaknesses.

Tarver was what I look for in a love interest and main character. He was well rounded, self assured but not cocky. I loved that he wasn’t ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but a character with motivations and desires. If all that wasn’t good enough he even had a sense of humor.

Lilac was easy to relate to once she is stranded on the planet. Her lifestyle prior was easily something we’ve all seen before (rich girl pampered and given all that she could possibly wish for). Though she fits a very typical trope she was still able to become real and not stereotypical because of little details, like her mechanical skills. I felt that Lilac really shone once we got to see into her insecurities and I loved seeing her internal struggles and debates. I sadly think I might cope with an alien world much like she did.

Final Thoughts:
These Broken Stars is written seamlessly  and is full of vivid descriptions, wonderful characters and a fast paced plot. I loved the eerie yet romantic atmosphere Kaufman and Spooner so expertly crafted and can’t wait to see what they do next.



    • says

      Just posting the review and staring at that cover has me wanting to reread. I adored this book so very much *sigh* I can’t wait to have the hardcover.

  1. says

    Yay I love dual POVs I’m glad this one was done right, too! And yes this cover is gorgeous! I’m excited to read it – especially that so far the reviews iIve been seeing have all been really positive. The setting and atmosphere sound fantastic and that is almost always my favorite parts of books! It’s what I remember moths later you know, how atmospheric it was and how it really brought me into the story. Great review, Kristen!

    • says

      Me too! That’s why I loved this so much. It’s been a bit since I read it and the descriptions stuck with me all this time. The characters are great and I thought the romantic aspects were done very well. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. says

    I’m not even going to read your review because I want to go into my read of this as “fresh” as possible, but I’m thrilled to see five stars! (And I can’t wait to come back and actually read this after I’ve finished the book.) 🙂

  3. says

    So deliciously creepy! And just the right amount too so that I wanted to keep reading but wasn’t too freaked out once we got past those parts 😉 Wonderful review 😀

  4. says

    Aw, yay! I’m glad you loved it. <3 I need to read my copy. A bit worried, since I read about ten pages before giving up :\ but I will try again. So glad you loved it so much 🙂 Amazing review Kristen. <3

  5. says

    I imagine it was VERY difficult not to keep reading past the allotted amount each night, especially once things really got going. I think I might have read this one in just 2 days. So freaking good. 🙂 I have a friend who’s reading it right now and struggling, but I keep promising her it really picks up. I never had that problem, though. I was ensnared by the writing from the get-go. 🙂 Great review!

  6. says

    Reading your review was a way to get me even more excited for this book, I just can’t wait! And of course, I’m extremely happy to hear that you loved it!
    Great review, Kristen!


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