"These Broken Stars" A Read That Shines Like No Other

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Title:  These Broken Stars
(Starbound #1)
Author(s):  Amy Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Format:  ERC
Length:  384 pages
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion
Rating:  4 Stars

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.


A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
This is a tale that manages to capture both the heart and imagination of its reader from the very start.  By combining the by-gone-era gentility of Titanic, with futuristic and sci-fi elements, These Broken Stars, manages to transport readers to heights of YA fiction which have remained uncharted until now.

The main characters Lilac and Tarver are clearly playing the roles that society has set for them; when first they meet aboard the maiden voyage of the spaceship Icarus.  She, the daughter of privilege and center of the social set. He, a quiet, bookish, war hero longing for the simple pleasures of family and home.

Readers don't really get to see the truth of these two until they are left to face the wilds and perils of an uncharted planet, after barely escaping the downing of the great Icarus.  Lilac proves herself to be so much more than the hot house bloom of Tarver's imaginings.  While Tarver takes his duty to protect and serve to another level entirely.

With every rose, there must come thorns.  This book presents readers with just a few in the form of the following negatives.

Negative # 1
We're walking....and walking...and walking.  A good 35% of this read is spent following these two step by agonizing step, on a seemingly never ending trek toward this or away from that.  While it may be necessary for our hero and heroine to get over hill and dell for whatever reason; it is not imperative that readers be personally acquainted with every step.

Negative #2
There is a serious lack of interesting flora and fauna in this book!  Ok...ok...so there was that one time with the saber toothed cat thing.  But really!

Negative #3
The unnecessary debriefing.  This was a bit of annoying dialogue that did nothing more than to break up the flow of the story with needless banter and snark.

The last 40% is where this rose of a read really bloomed.  The secrets of the planet reveal themselves in a big way and sci-fi and romance meet head on.
This unique read is not one to be missed.  It's love and loss science and secrets an so much more all in one fantasy-tastic volume.

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