Review: These Broken Stars

January 13, 2014 book review 8

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Released: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Starbound #1
Pages: 374

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.

After much coaxing, my friends finally got me to read THESE BROKEN STARS. I had seen such raving reviews for weeks but still wasn’t necessarily sure that this was the book for me. I was straight up WRONG. Thank you to everyone that told me to read this!

After a chance encounter on board the Icarus, Lilac and Tarver never intended to meet again. Only after mass chaos breaks loose on board, Tarver saves Lilac’s life and the two come up with the fastest way to get off the crumbling spaceship. Once they have crash landed on a foreign planet, though, they realize they may just have to settle their differences in order to survive.

I will be the first to admit that I could not stand Lilac at the beginning. She is the wealthiest girl alive and certainly acts like it. Tarver is instantly infatuated with her beauty but has no clue who she is. Lilac, on the other hand, assumes that everyone does know who she is. She is all mysterious during their first encounter but the next day when Tarver is genuinely excited to see her and asks her for a date, Lilac turns into somewhat of a bitch. She completely ruins his image and is a jerk. She claims that it’s for his own good, but she could have turned him down nicely. But no, that’s not how she worked. She was annoying, prissy, and stuck up and I just couldn’t take it. Tarver, on the other hand, I liked immediately. He was witty and sarcastic and I loved being in his head.

THESE BROKEN STARS had a very slow beginning. There was an interesting plot with some obvious threatening and life changing events–spaceship falling apart, crash landing on a foreign planet, yeah pretty life changing! But it took me days to get through the first 10 chapters. It was a lot of Tarver and Lilac just trying to figure out where they were. They didn’t talk to each other much, and Lilac was particularly the main reason why the beginning was so slow going for me.

The plot picked up significantly after Chapter 10. The two started to actually explore this planet, they found some scary things, and they finally started to better communicate with one another. The story line became much more interesting and I had a hard time setting the book down. I became more invested in what was happening and wanted them to find other survivors and get back to their homes. And surprisingly, I really started to like Lilac! She kept the princess air to her the whole time but her tough shield came down bit by bit which I loved. She warmed up to Tarver, she took some matters into her own hands, and realized that she couldn’t survive without him. It was great seeing the two get along and fight for one another.

The novel took on somewhat of a paranormal aspect that I was not expecting. It had me intrigued and spooked and wanting to know more! The things Lilac saw were hair raising and gave me chills. But yet, it was so incredibly interesting that I wanted these paranormal events to keep taking place. When we finally learn what is going on and why, I sort of understood but was still left a bit confused. It’s complicated and something you have to sit down and think about. I wish it had been explained a bit simpler. I’m hoping we’ll get more information on the mysterious things that took place on that planet in the next book.

If you haven’t read this yet, you need to! Go into it knowing that it will take some time to get into. Also know that the majority of the book is Tarver and Lilac trekking their way across the planet in search of the fallen spacecraft and trying to get rescued. Once you do get to the more interesting things that this planet holds, you’re not going to be able to stop reading. THESE BROKEN STARS will grab your attention, paint a chilling and mesmerizing picture in your head, and not let you go until the very last page. I’m dying for the next book, and if you read this, you will be too!

4.5 Thought Clouds


8 Responses to “Review: These Broken Stars”

  1. Cait

    YAY YOU FINALLY READ IT!!! Woot! I can’t even being to describe how much I love this book! Lilac…Tarver…the planet. Everything. Love. I really loved Lilac. She acted kind of insufferable, but I felt she was really balanced in her internal thinking to her outwards snobby act. Tarver was every inch the sarcastic gentleman. I loved how he used so much Aussie slang. 😉 I think it did drag a little in the beginning… and sometimes Tarver’s snippets of interrogation in between the chapters sounded the same. But still! It was one of my favourite reads of last year. 🙂

    • Christine P

      I did!! The planet was one of my favorite parts. I kept thinking they were on Earth bu then all the weird hallucinations and voices and I was like nope, definitely not Earth. Ah man, I wish I had paid more attention to Tarver’s slang. I love you Australian’s way of speaking. Is one of the authors from there? Yeah, the interrogations were kind of weird to me. At the beginning they didn’t seem to serve a purpose and then once I figured out what was going on, it kind of ruined the whole “are they going to survive? Are they going to be rescued?” questions I had.

    • Christine P

      I didn’t think I would be able to either but everyone told me that it got better, so I just kept pushing on. I’d definitely recommend reading it if you get a chance! The rest of the book is amazing.

  2. Zoe N.

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! This was one of my favorite books of 2013, and I’m so glad you liked it too! I too was impressed with Lilac’s “character arc” and how well and realistic it was portrayed. And yes…the romance was the best, wasn’t it?!?! However, I think my favorite aspect personally was the plot. Even though – like you said – it was slightly hard to get into, I felt it was really epic when it was at its full height. Plus, who can go wrong with a little Titanic here and there? 😉 (At least the ending is different though!)

    As always, thanks for another fabulous and informative review!

    ~Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  3. Reviews from a Bookworm

    So happy you enjoyed this, such a brilliant book and I can’t wait for the sequel! I enjoyed the start on the ship, all very Titanic like. I also loved the last third of the book, I could not put the book down once. Great review 🙂

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