These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Each month you will make a post with three books from your TBR List (these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on my post. Your followers and the people on the linky will help you choose which book you will read next. The following Saturday you will announce the book that won. Then read the book and on the last Saturday of the month post a review.
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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 top thoughts:
I’ve owned this book for 5 years and have planned on reading it several times. Boy am I kicking myself for waiting all this time. I don’t think I even remembered the premise when I put this book on my TBR list. I think I just remembered I wanted to read it, that I owned it, and the cover was beautiful. This was a fantastic read, complete with staying up way too late because I just couldn’t put it back down.
What I liked/didn’t like:
The story is told from Tarver and Lilac’s POV, alternating. I enjoyed both of their perspectives and seeing how differently they saw things and how skewed their perspectives were of each other. It made their character development that much more interesting and fun to watch. They both were more than they appeared on the surface and they both grew as individuals.
Even more interesting than the characters, though, was the plot. Absolutely brilliant tale of survival in the face of shipwreck on an unknown planet. I was frequently on the edge of my seat, anxious to see how and if they would survive. The Sci-Fi / Fantasy elements are intertwined really well – it didn’t take a heavy world build for me to understand or to recognize what was “normal” for their world view and what was unusual.
This book really does work as a stand alone, in that when it finished I didn’t feel myself anxious for another book. But there are 2.5 more and I probably will read them at some point. But I’m perfectly satisfied with where this story ended.