These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Expected Publication December 10th, 2013
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Source: Received from Disney Hyperion (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the Book:
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 cover pulled me in and made me want to read this book – it IS an amazingly beautiful cover, is it not?
My fellow bloggy friends’ reviews kept me reading the story when I thought I might put the book down for good.
And it was the last third of the book that absolutely MADE this story classic, epic, heartbreaking, and so, so satisfying.
I love science fiction! I just don’t get to read enough of it. Done right, there is just something so beautiful about the unknown universe and the possibilities that we can imagine. Ms. Kaufman and Ms. Spooner blew me away with what turned out to be a completely unique story and a beautiful world they built for Lilac and Tarver to navigate through.
Honestly though, it took me a bit to realize that I had such a gem in my hands. You see, the story is a bit of a slow burn. There is quite a bit of introspection, conversation, and overall character growth that goes on for a good amount of the book. Once I got whisked off on the imaginative ride towards the climatic ending, I felt the fantastic ending totally made up for the slow building beginning!
To start the story, though, we meet Lilac and Tarver aboard the Icarus, an enormous “spaceliner” that is the flagship of Lilac’s father’s fleet. If the name of the ship doesn’t immediately clue you in to impending disaster, I think the overall bravado of the upper class can pretty much seal the deal on their fate. When an accident occurs on the ship, Lilac and Tarver end up in an escape pod together and crash land on a nearby planet.
The story is written in dual POV so we see both sides to the story as Lilac and Tarver struggle to survive on an unknown (uncharted at least to them) planet. They both are worthy characters to become invested in and fall for. Their story is a “classic” love story but with a science fiction spin on it that only adds to the crux of the love story. It never distracts from it.
The positive side to the slow, methodical beginning? You see all the little instances that gradually add up to major changes in the main characters. Lilac is definitely one of my favorite heroines of the year!! You can just guess that she probably did the most changing between the two of them.
Overall, this story really kind of blew me away; it’s one of those types of stories that will stick with you for a while. If you can hold on, wait to see what’s coming next, I think you’ll appreciate the reward of an ending!
About the Authors:
Amie Kaufman is the co-author of These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.
She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.
In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.