Thursday, January 2, 2014


These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Book Review:  These Broken Stars

Author:  Amie Kaufman & Meagean Spooner
Published:  December 2013
Series:  Starbound #1
Genre:  YA Science Fiction

The Setting - Taken 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.

My Two Cents
Everyone in the universe is talking about These Broken Stars.  I've seen this book named on several blogs as one of the top books of the year.  So when the library got this book in for me I was on cloud 9.  The cover was beautiful, a promising book about space travel and a love story without the dreaded love triangle.  What's not to love?  Well, I'm sorry to be the party pooper around these parts but These Broken Stars was not as dazzling to me as it is to most others.  These Broken Stars is essentially a love story, with a sprinkling of space (or science fiction) in it.  The rest of the book is a survival story with Lilac and Tarver doing the same cliche things that make them fall in love (it's cold so they have to sleep cuddled together right?)  But the thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the ending.  Tarver and Lilac finally find the thing that makes this planet so weird and poof, everything is back to normal, including a rescue ship which has just spotted them.  There was no explanation as to how this "power" could fix everything (including Lilac), and how Tarver escaped unscathed.  Talk about a broken plot!  I'm sorry people, this was not the book for me.  It did not keep me rooted to my seat and gushing tears when something good happened.  Because of this I'm awarding These Broken Stars 3.5 out of 5 stars, and most of that 3.5 stars is coming from the small science fiction aspect of this book.  But I'll round up for Goodreads, I'm generous like that!

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