Review – These Broken Stars
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  • September 12, 2013

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars is an upcoming Disney Hyperion release from authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I read this book as a blogger group read-a-long with My Friends are Fiction, On Starships and Dragonwings, and Scott Reads It. Initially, I thought this book might be vapid and silly. There’s a guy and a girl and they crash onto a planet together… and she’s running around in a satin gown and high heels? Groan. Not usually up my alley.

However, I was pleasantly, unexpectedly surprised with this book. It landed itself solidly in my top ten favourites for the year. I love it. So hard.

As I said before there are two main characters – Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux. They meet on a luxury space liner, the Icarus, and are immediately attracted to one another. When they discover more about each other they realize that a potential friendship is impossible and go their separate ways. Then an accident befalls the Icarus and the ship goes down on nearby planet, but not before Tarver and Lilac jump into a survival pod together.

Once on the planet they realize that it’s been terraformed and that they are miles away from the Icarus crash site. Their only hope for rescue is to find the Icarus before the salvage crews depart. Determined to survive Tarver sets a pace that his high-heeled companion has a hard time meeting. At first they are testy with one another but as strange occurrences happen both Tarver and Lilac develop a mutual respect for each others strengths and bond over their predicament.

This book… this book. I simply loved this book from beginning to end. It’s fantastic.

Tarver is a great character; a mix of professionalism and humane, yielding weakness. Lilac is surprisingly deep as well and not the snotty socialite that she first seems. Lilac’s poise comes from a place of pain and seeing her growth in this book without the constant social pressure is really something to watch.

Beyond that there is a plot element that really pulls the reader through the book. There were multiple “What the hell is going on?!” moments in this book, but in the best possible way. There is a solid mysterious aspect that makes this hard to turn away from. The story, told in alternating first person chapters, is fast paced and consuming. I devoured it. I want more. I thought it was absolutely perfect.

5 out of 5 gushing stars.

I want book two.

Strike that. I want book two… now.

– BP

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3 Comments

Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

2013-09-12 19:30:42 Reply

I didn’t read your entire review since I’ve not typed mine up yet but I read the first bit. I think we all felt the same way initially. What a great surprise this book had in store for us. I loved it so very much. I want the second book now. How can we get Amie and Meagan to send it to us? haha

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Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2013-09-13 03:14:13 Reply

YES. It was the same with me – I didn’t expect much and was completely blown away by how amazing it was. I was just…WOW. One of my top favorites for this year as well.

And yes, Book 2 can definitely not come soon enough.

Anya

2013-09-14 03:34:09 Reply

Obviously I agree 😉 Those creepy/wtf moments kept me on the edge of my seat (couch… whatever!) I’m so excited to see what happens next! I’m not sure how book 2 will be able to match the crazy awesomeness 😉