December 16, 2013

Review of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and 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.

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.

add to goodreadsThese Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 
Publication Date:  December 10, 2013
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion

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MaryAnn NewA Romeo and Juliette type read set in a sci fi world.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner has a little something for fans of sci-fi reads and tragic style love stories.

Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are from two totally different worlds.  Lilac is the daughter of one of the most richest, powerful man in the universe, literally!  She is accustomed to a life of privilege and can have anything her heart desires.  Tarver Merendsen is a young, highly decorated war hero.  Having lived a simple life, he decided to follow in the steps of his deceased older brother, and enlist in the army.

At a chance meeting upon the Icarus, an unbelievable high-end luxury spaceliner, Lilac and Tarver make a connection.  But Lilac knows all too well what her father would do if he caught wind that she had an interest in Tarver and he had one in her.  So Lilac does what she does best…she makes Tarver despise the thought of being anywhere near her.

But soon, the lives of everyone on board is in dire straits.  The Icarus is going down fast, and the only chance of survival is to get onboard one of the escape pods.  The fates have decided to put Tarver and Lilac together into one of these pods.  And with Lilac’s quick thinking and skills, her and Tarver’s escape pod is the only one that manages to get out…and crash land onto a different planet.

It’s now up to Tarver and Lilac to survive on this unknown planet and try to send a distress signal out and hope for a rescue.  But can Tarver and Lilac even get past their differences and work together?  And what kind of planet are they stranded on…what kind of beings are they surrounded by and are their intentions good…or is there an underlying reason…

Honestly, there wasn’t anything in this book that I didn’t enjoy.  The characters were thoroughly enjoyable, the plot/storyline was addictive, and the world that was created was absolutely captivating.  I couldn’t help but hope against all hope that Tarver and Lilac would be together…that would get past their differences and see just how perfect they are for each other.

With a dash of Titanic and a sprinkle of Romeo and Juliet, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is sure to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.  I loved that as the story progressed we witness Lilac grow into the woman that I knew she would be.  Strong, committed, and loyal to the bone.  There were various parts in the book that pulled at my heartstrings, and one moment specifically that broke my heart.  I cried out, my heart ached, and I was shocked all at the same time.

The scenes and events played out in my mind like a movie, that I am soooo hoping happens.  I could totally pictures every image and event clearly as though I were right there in the book.  The world building was done to perfection, and the characters were given their own personalities that readers will appreciate.

I recommend this read to fans of sci-fi reads and have an aching for a star-crossed lovers type read.  Those who enjoyed Beth Revis’ Across the Universe books will really enjoy These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.



I’m a young adult author from Melbourne, Australia, represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary. I write fantasy, science fiction and all things speculative.

My favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, my dog Jack, gardening, plotting and executing overseas travel, napping, my music collection and reading. Also my husband.

Connect with Amie:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Northern Virginia, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there. 

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

Connect with Meagan:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


1 Comment

  1. Sophia Rose

    I do look forward to this one for all the reasons you mentioned. Worldbuilding and strong plotting are my biggest reasons for loving Sci-Fi romance. Thanks!

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