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

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

 

Teaser Tuesday #19

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Grab your current read

      • Open to a random page
      • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
      • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
      • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

These Broken StarsI’m reading These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner right now with Krys (Bibliopunkk), Jon (Scott Reads It) and Anya (On Starships and Dragonwings). I am a bit over midway and absolutely adore this book. It is fast becoming a favorite and I can’t for everyone to read it. Teaser is from page 147 of physical arc.

I hate the rain and I hate this planet and I hate the cold and I hate my stupid, stupid dress. And I hate Tarver, for the way he strides ahead without a care, as if there isn’t water falling from the sky, as if he doesn’t even notice. I hate the way he offers me his jacket exactly when I’ve gotten so cold that I can’t refuse.

Summary (via Goodreads):
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 first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

These Broken Stars will be available December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion

Waiting on Wednesday #8


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait to-read” selection is: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

These Broken StarsSummary (via Goodreads):
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.

Why am I eagerly awaiting These Broken Stars?
First off look at that cover-it is stunning and then read the summary. I love sci-fi and everything about this summary just pulls me in. I must read this!

Look for These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner out in December from Disney-Hyperion.

 

Showcase Sunday #7

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. I didn’t get a lot of books this week but the ones I did get are absolutely wonderful! So excited to read them all.

Gift:

This one is probably the highlight of my blogging experience, Kendare Blake sent her latest book to me. I nearly fainted from excitement. My husband laughs because I’ve been snuggling the book. Thank you Kendare!

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

For Review (arc sent by publisher):

This is my very first arc sent to me; I am thrilled 🙂 Thank you Disney Hyperion!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

For Review (via NetGalley):

Thank you Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

What did you get this week? Leave a link to your post or tell me in the comments. As always, thank you for visiting.