Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


Summary: 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.

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Initial Thoughts: I don't think I've ever read a book before with such an intricate plot line. The whole plot was played out so well that I could never guess or suspect what was going on and why, and how, and who and all those questions. This book definitely made it onto my favorites list!

The Characters: Lilac and Tarver are really the only characters. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe and she's sixteen (turns seventeen). She is a bit spoiled and used to nice, fancy stuff because of her upbringing but throughout the story she changes in a good way. Tarver is a "young war hero" and because of that he is a Major but he's only eighteen. Both characters are stubborn but they were funny too and really likable. But both develop and change to become better people who can trust each other and work together to help and care for each other and in the end - love each other.

The Story: The alternates POV between Lilac and Tarver. The book starts off with them being on a ship called the Icarus. The ship gets pulled out of hyperspace for some unknown reason. Tarver was with Lilac when this was happening and since Lilac had really good mechanic knowledge and knowledge of the ship, she knew how to escape - so they do. But fifty thousand other people don't. They crash on the planet that most likely pulled them out. This story is first and foremost a survival story, with the sci-fi and romance right behind it. A lot of the book is about them surviving and trying to find a way off the planet. This may sound boring but it wasn't at all - it is was oh-so good! But let me tell you, the sci-fi part was quite creepy but really well done. It was mysterious and scary. And I don't do well with scary things but I had to keep reading to find out. There was so much unknown that you had to keep guessing and never knew what guess was right! And then add in huge plot twists - you couldn't get a better story. It was fantastic how everything was put together and worked out in the end. 

The Romance: As I said this isn't the most important part of the book and happens after half-way through the book but it takes awhile for Lilac and Tarver to develop something besides anger and frustration for each other. But eventually it does and once it does, the two, in my opinion, are really sweet. Always trying to work and help the other person to make them happy and laugh and smile. The development between these two was spot on.

End Thoughts: What an amazing story and characters and plot. It was executed perfectly and a magnificent read. I most definitely recommend this book for anyone. 5 stars!

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