These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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.
First Sentence: Nothing about this room is real.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I bet by now, nearly everyone has heard of the famous well-known book titled These Broken Stars written by both Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I know I’ve heard of it ever since its gorgeous cover was revealed. From then on, These Broken Stars was definitely the most wanted book, especially when it made its appearance at BEA (Book Expo America for those of you who don’t know what BEA stands for). I sadly couldn’t get myself a copy of These Broken Stars at BEA because I wasn’t attending BEA the day Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was signing, but I was so lucky to get an ARC of it from Disney Hyperion. Thank you so much for sending me an ARC of These Broken Stars in exchange for an honest review Disney Hyperion!
Lilac was probably the most annoying character I’ve ever read about – at first. I absolutely hated Lilac and her attitude at the beginning of These Broken Stars. She was stuck-up, whiney, and really annoying. (Seriously, you want to waste precious water so you can take a bath? Whaat?) I highly admired Tarver for managing to deal with her. If I was Tarver, I would have ditched Lilac a long time ago. (You do not want to know how many times I was urging him on to do exactly that. It’s basically too many times to count.) Thank goodness Lilac goes through some major character development and changes by the end of the book. (You guys should really see her epicness at the end! I can re-read that part over and over and over again without being tired of it.) That new Lilac is the Lilac I love. You should read These Broken Stars just to see the character development Lilac went through and to witness her epicness. (I honestly don’t care if “epicness” isn’t a word – it should be one.)
My friend would scarcely recognize me now, and the thought of filling my days with gossip and parties leaves me cold. The best six-course meal never tasted half so good as a shared ration bar after a long hike, washed down with mountain-fresh water. And while I wouldn’t say no to a hot bath, I’m warm enough at night, with Tarver there at my side. (ARC 228)
Tarver was the steady one in These Broken Stars, but at times, he just annoyed me. Tarver is just so practical. Every time he and Lilac had the opportunity to become closer, he pushes her away, but with annoying valid reasons like “we’ll never see each other again when we get back to our home planet” or things like “she likes me because I saved her life, but when we get back, her feelings will change.” Yeah, I get that Tarver does have a point, but sometimes, I just wanted him to forget all that and plunge in into the relationship you know? However, Tarver does fully give in into Lilac’s charms at the end, so thank goodness for that.
Overall, both Tarver and Lilac absolutely amazed me. If I was put in their position, I doubt I would last three days, never mind how long they lasted. Tarver had the knowledge and survival skills to live in the wild while Lilac had the stubbornness and the determination to survive. Together, they made such a great team, despite all the problems that was thrown in their way. If I ever get stuck in a planet, I want Tarver and Lilac to be right there with me, even though I’ll definitely be the awkward third-wheel tagging along with them.
I used to think that my name would always keep me safe. That those two words – Lilac LaRoux – would be the only password I needed no matter where I ended up. (ARC 108)
With a book that introduces us readers to a new planet (technically planets since Earth has drastically changed from the Earth we know as of today), I can not forget to mention how well-done the world-building is in These Broken Stars. Everything in the world was explained – how Icarus was able to travel so fast, how the new technology works, how there are life forms in planets that can’t sustain life, etc. These Broken Stars didn’t leave me with any questions on the world-building.
However, there is a minor problem I had with These Broken Stars: the romance. In the beginning of the book, I was cheering for both Tarver and Lilac to get together. They had the chemistry, the appeal, and the perfect how we met story to tell their kids. However, as I read on, I felt that their romance slowly fizzled out sometimes as they traveled more and more on the mysterious planet. I just didn’t really feel their romance until the very end where the epic ending comes in. When I got to near the end of the book, I felt Tarver and Lilac’s sweet romance again.
“You want to get out of here?”
She wraps her arms around my neck, lips tugging up in a smile once more. “Think we can outrun the cameras?” (ARC 372-373)
The ending of These Broken Stars was epic, probably one of the best book endings I’ve ever read. Like I’ve said many times already, I can re-read the ending of These Broken Stars over and over and over again. In fact, I probably did already. I can’t stress this enough – These Broken Stars has the perfect ending I’ve read in a long, long time. I’m so glad that the rest of the books in the Starbound series would be companion books to These Broken Stars because honestly guys, These Broken Stars ended perfectly. (I’ll stop talking about the ending there because I know I’ll just be repeating myself. But seriously, These Broken Stars is worth reading just to get to the ending. Just saying.)