Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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

Science Fiction Romance

From 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.

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."

These Broken Stars is listed as a Young Adult novel but it is a wonderful read no matter your age.  Lilac is the female main character and she is 16.  Tarver is the male main character and he is 18.  I have to say that looking at the experience both have they could have been easily been portrayed as being much older.  They both brought a lot of life experience to the story

I loved the way the novel was laid out.  The story is told from both Lilac’s and Tarver’s point of view.  Each chapter is labeled either Lilac or Tarver so you know before you start reading who is telling this part of the story.  Between each chapter you see portions of someone questioning Tarver.  You can tell that this is happening in the future.

This is a tightly written and well-plotted story.  It is a love story but it is much more than that.  It is a story of how two people survive and grow under very challenging condition.  It is part of a series but there is no cliffhanger.  These Broken Stars tells a complete story with a satisfying conclusion.

I loved the name of the ship.  Icarus fell from the sky and the Icarus is destined for the same fate.  What happens next kept me reading.  These Broken Stars is a great SFR read and a good addition to anyone’s SFR library.

Hyperion published These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner in 2014.

1 comment:

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I'm planning to read this one in the next few weeks, I've been seeing some amazing things about it. Thanks for the review :)
-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages