Thursday, 13 March 2014

Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

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.

After an agonizing wait for its release, I had to wait another agonizing wait for the Book Depository to ship it over what took you so long it nearly killed me, you idiot.

It was still worth it. Although it wasn't what I had expected.
What I expected was something of Starglass. A spaceship in space with some kind of really awesome alien plot. But what I really got was a survival sci-fi story which was equally interesting and entertaining, not to mention a so-called 'alien plot'. I'm not a huge fan of survival story and yes, I was honestly bored by a few parts of the book because it felt a little draggy and dull at times, but overall it wasn't bad.

These Broken Stars, I found, echos some resemblance to the Under the Never Sky trilogy. A girl and a boy forced together out of survival (and maybe a couple of factors but survival's the main one) even though they avoid and want nothing to do with each other because they're from different backgrounds and worlds but eventually declare that they are in love nearing the end of the story. I've read this type of romance perhaps about a gazillion times and although it wasn't bad, it just didn't work out for me.

The characters, as I've mentioned, are from different backgrounds and worlds. Lilac was a bit difficult to stomach at first since she was practically oozing disdain and snobbery and all I could think of was bayoneting her with a rifle then I can be violently descriptive but as the story unravels, she gradually changes. Which was great because if she hadn't, I would totally have DNFed the book. On the other hand, Tarver was much likable than lilac and although I very much want to say he appealed to me, I can't. So as to summarize, the characters weren't really impressive as I had expected and they could have been better. 

The cause behind the 'chilling whispers' as the premise stated, was actually fascinating. Don't know if you know this, but I like theories and the more complex it is, the better I like it. Maybe I implied that the theory for the cause of the whispers was difficult to understand and yes, it was a little difficult for me to follow but I approved of it all the same. (So now you know one little face about me--I love theories!)

To conclude, These Broken Stars was an engaging read and although it dragged a little in some parts.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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