Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner


Young Adult > Science Fiction

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.


.. and the awesomeness was just unexpected. 😀

Hey Santa? This is what I want for Christmas!

The stunning cover of These Broken Stars more than reflects the fantastic story it holds – it blatantly sums it up!

This is Love at First Sight Gone Wrong. Ha! (Sorry, Tarver.)

It is easier to judge Lilac with her heiress status, or Tarver with his rigid military training. The interaction between the two started from cute to hostile to disdain. More than once did these two dance around the mistrust of being with the only person in the planet. That annoyed me during the first half, but I think it was setup that way so that I’ll feel the feels more than I should when things get very creepy. 😀

So there they are, in some unknown planet, forced to be civilized with each other because really now, what does Lilac know about survival? And what does Tarver know about abandoned stations in a terraformed planet?

Surprisingly, Lilac is not dumb for a socialite. She reminds me of Tori from Quicksilver. And Tarver, what can I say? If ever I get stuck with no food to eat, or no shelter to salvage, let me be stuck with him. Pretty please? *bats eyelashes*

You might mistake this as a romance disguised as a science fiction. The swoon (and there are lots of them!) is a major plus to a horrifying story about a sick ambition of the most powerful man in the universe, across hyperspace and other dimensions. It was cruel, but kindness was shown to the end. And Lilac and Tarver will never be the same again.

These Broken Stars: the title alone is poetic enough. Haunting yet beautiful, Lilac and Tarver’s story will make you feel strengthened, hopeful, loved.

Did I mention there are scary scavenging scenes in a corpse-filled crashed spaceship? *wiggles eyebrows*

Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for granting my galley request.


THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Published December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion

4.5/5 stars

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