These Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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.The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-03-22
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I haven't decided how I feel about this one, but I didn't head over heels love it. Every time I started the audio again I felt differently. The ending really picked the whole book up though.

I will be starting the sequel because they are all available on Overdrive and it's different characters as well. I'm hoping for more sci-fi and less treking across a planet and falling into a cliche YA romance.

Full review to come.
Reviewed: 2016-05-31
The first part of this book reminded me a lot of the movie "Titanic" which I rather enjoyed especially once the spaceship began to disintegrate, but once Traver and Lilac landed safely on another planet, the story became more of a survival tale with a budding romance thrown in for good measure. Told in alternating chapters between the two main protagonists, each chapter was preceded by snippets of the interview recorded during Traver's interrogation after their rescue. Of the two, I liked Traver's voice better as I thought his back story was more interesting and his voice stronger and more emotive. Lilac was okay, but I didn't connect with her as much. However, I felt that both of them should have been a few years older than what they actually were - they didn't feel like seventeen and eighteen year olds, especially Traver who could have easily been in his mid-twenties. The book lost me about three quarters of the way through when the paranormal elements were introduced. After that, I just wanted it to finish; I won't be bothering with any sequels.
Reviewed: 2016-05-26
"And there it is, against all hope, like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds, the smallest hint of a smile"

--These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

This book was science fiction, but with terminology you could understand. It is a story about survival with some paranormal-ish elements thrown in to it as well. There is also a love story. It's a story about a girl who is rich and spoiled on the surface but if you dig deeper you'll see she is so much more than that, and about a boy who is genuinely brave yet afraid to let himself love this girl.

I was constantly reminded of Lost (the TV show) while reading this, it had the same kind of "what the frick is going on" kind of feel to it. Mysterious island versus mysterious planet. I will say though, that I like the ending of These Broken Stars more than I did Lost.

It is sweet and endearing, and it has all the elements of why I love YA. I listened to it on audio and I really did not like the girl who read Lilac's part. She was awful at sounding male. This is why I deducted a half a star.

The next installment of the "Starbound Trilogy" titled The Shattered World is about a completely new set of characters, for which I am happy. I like that I don't have to worry that Tarver and Lilac will end up torn apart somehow.

Found this on tumblr and thought it evoked what this book is about very well. Holland Roden would be a perfect Lilac. Alexander Koch is similar to what I pictured Tarver to look like, and it would be nice to see him play someone who's not sort of psycho (like his character on "Under the Dome").

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