Review: These Broken Stars (The Starbound Trilogy #1)

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By: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publication: December 10th, 2013

Genre(s): Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Romance, Paranormal

Synopsis: 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.


Full of lyrical, beautiful and descriptive writing, this book is unique and full of ideas you will have never read before. I grew to love the characters as I followed them on their journey, Lilac especially. She’s determined, stubborn, and beautiful – and I’d love to see her and Katniss battle it out!

The romance is not insta-love, in fact, it was kind of insta-hate.There is attraction and a bit of flirting when Lilac and Tarver meet, but then it’s quickly shattered. Only does the real romance develop when they’re thrown together onto a planet neither has heard of-and they think no one is searching for them.

Being able to watch the romance grow and develop is one of the things I think makes a good book; it’s like real life: to have a good relationship, you must find yourself before you find another person.The authors establish each of the characters well with their dual POVS, and as the reader, you grow to love Lilac and Tarver as they grow to love each other.

Almost everything about this book was perfect, except I was confused by the ending. Without giving away major spoilers, I was wondering, “Is this Lilac the same Lilac?” Whoever’s reading this will probably think I’m crazy, but it makes more sense when you read the book.

With that said, parts of the book felt a bit slow and I found myself not wanting to read. Luckily, I did, and I was rewarded with an amazing ending.

Summing it Up:

I loved it. I really recommend These Broken Stars for any readers. The Incarus’s accident reminded me of the Titanic, as did the romance. Beautiful, action-filled, and unique, this book will be one I reread for many years to come.

My Rating: 4.5 stars




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