Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ARC Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Romance
Source: FirstReads
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

These Broken Stars had a great combination of science fiction with leaving on the land.  When the brand new, state of the art, hyper space ship Lilac and Tarver are travelling on (which happens to be build by Lilac's father) suffers from a horrible malfunction, they are stranded on a strange planet with little in the way of technology to help them.  Lilac, being the ultimate society girl, has no clue how they will ever make it until rescue arrives.  While Tarver, a soldier used to living off the bare minimums on the front line, immediately starts making plans to get them both through it alive.

But the planet itself seems to have other ideas.  With its strange whispers and shimmery images become a character in its own right - as it seems to be guiding the two along an unknown path.  Along the way Lilac and Tarver learn a lot about each other - the good, the bad, and the parts they'd like to hide.  It's hard to keep anything from the only other human an entire planet.  When they realize their feelings for each other have grown, it turns into more complications - mostly involving Lilac's family and their expectations.

Each chapters opens with a small piece of dialog from Tarver's debriefing interview which occurs after the events in the book - but it gives you a great perspective into what they are willing to share with the world and what they want to keep private, although the reason why isn't clear at first.  This was an amazing start to a new series - I wish the second was out sooner so I didn't have to wait for it.

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