Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Starbound #1
Pages: 374
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley

Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Goodreads 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.

My Review:

This was definitely an awesome book, very different from what I was expecting and yet I loved everything that was happening. I've definitely had problems explaining this book, but I will try. This is so much more than a book about a boy and girl travelling through space, it is about survival during a very difficult period and really learning how to lean on others despite the problems that may arise.

Lilac and Trevor have found themselves in a dangerous situation as they land on a planet that seems to be uninhabited when the ship they were on crashes. This is a slow going story but the way Kaufman and Spooner write everything, it is a great build up with some great creepy parts that make you wonder about what is happening around the characters. I love how this story shows that such a tragedy can bring two opposite people together like Tarver and Lilac. Their relationship really grows over the course of this story, it is slow but they really help each other through some tough situations. I believe that this story is an amazing love story, showing that being able to get through some of the hurdles that these two have done bring people closer, and Lilac and Tarver seem to dislike each other a lot in the beginning and then grow closer as they must spend so much time together.

The world that Tarver and Lilac end up on is a very mysterious place that seems to play tricks on their mind, and they work to finding out what is really going on. The secret changes things for both characters, as the story continues readers get a little taste of the aftermath of their journey as well. I enjoyed seeing the two different perspectives and how Lilac and Tarver manage the situations each with their own ideas. I always love stories with dual perspectives because it lets you see two different sides to the same story.

This is definitely not an action packed story, but it is one that makes you wonder how you would react to such dire circumstances, and what kind of things you would go through to survive. I think Spooner and Kaufman are a great team and I'm interested to see what they come up with next in this series and how everything will connect. 

1 comment:

  1. Agreed, this one definitely (and unexpectedly) blew me away! I loved all the Lost-esque twists. I was a bit bummed that the next book will actually be like a companion novel with different characters, but then again there is so much to explore in this world that it's still very exciting.



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