Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound Trilogy #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Source: E-galley from Netgalley
Published: December 10th, 2013
My Rating : 4 out of 5 stars
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
I was definitely excited to start reading this one I had seen some great reviews of it and I was definitely hoping that I would enjoy it as much as the other bloggers did, and I am happy to say that I really enjoyed it. Whenever I see books written by two authors I am always so curious about their writing process, did one author write one character and the other write the other perspective. Also, creating a whole world and plot working together just seems so complicated and I think with two different writers it could make a book have issues but, These Broken Stars flowed seamlessly
Lilac is used to the limelight, she is restricted in every way possible. Men know not to speak to her or face the wrath of her father, the richest man in the universe. Tarver, a war hero who is paraded around to the elite people each night at lavish parties. When their first meeting goes awry, the two of them never thought they would be stuck together on an unknown planet just trying to survive.
At first Lilac seems like your spoiled rich girl, from her perspective she is just complaining about how no men want to talk to her because of her father and she has to have security with her at all times to keep her from being hurt. But, if it wasn’t for what Lilac had learned about the ship that saved her and Tarver’s life. In the beginning of their journey across the unknown planet she acts exactly how I expected her to but, along the way she surprised me, herself, and most of all Tarver. Each chapter alternated between the point of view between the two of them and I really enjoyed getting to be inside each of their heads and finding out how they felt about each other and their impressions of the other it was much fun to read and really added a depth to the story because you knew what each of them was thinking about the other.
Tarver was one of those characters that I really enjoyed being inside of his head because if you weren’t he would be unreadable. He hated being a war hero and having to go around being paraded in front of the rich people. He didn’t feel like he was a hero he was just doing what any other person would do and he had so many layers of himself that we got to learn about slowly as the story progressed.
Overall, These Broke Stars is one of those books that when I look back on it, for me it felt like not too much happened as far as action until the end but, it was still amazing, I definitely recommend it!