Title: These Broken Stars
Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384 Pages
Release Date: December 10, 2013
My Rating: ★★★★/5
“And there it is, against all hope, like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The smallest hint of a smile.”
Goodreads Synopsis: Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
My Review (SPOILER FREE!)
OKAY, so I went into this book knowing nothing except that it was based off of the titanic… which I hate. HOWEVER, I LOVED this book! I’ve never really read any science fiction, and this book took such a common plot and made it SO unique and interesting!
I’m sure everyone is familiar with the basic survival trek plot; people have to struggle to survive in some rough terrain with little to no supplies. You would think there isn’t really any way to make this unique, but oh my god. The authors of this novel made the main character’s journey influenced by these energy-made beings that would go into the character’s minds to communicate/help them???? It was so cool!
This book also only follows two characters, so the character development, and characters in general, were so great. Tarver, the male lead, is one of the most real and genuine characters I have ever read about. His personality is just very relatable and real, I don’t know how else to describe it. I loved him! Then there is the female lead, Lilac, who is such a complex and interesting character. She is known as the rich and snobby daughter of the most wealthy man in the universe. However, this is completely an act and she has so many layers! She is very intelligent and also good with wiring/engineering! She proves to be so strong and resilient throughout the novel and I adored her character!
This book also has two great elements for a perfect novel: slight political intrigue and and enemies-to-lovers romance!!! The romance in this was done so well, in my opinion, and it also really made you think! It is slowburn, but also takes place in a short amount of time. Because of the circumstances, you just question the romance a lot, yet still completely feel the realness of it, if that makes sense. I just really loved the chemistry and relationship between the characters; it never felt forced, which is something you usually feel when there are only two characters.
The last thing I would like to talk about, is the absolutely brilliant writing by Kaufman and Spooner. Between each chapter, there was a passage of Tarver getting interrogated after he is rescued, and it just made you want to keep reading!!! I thought it was such a smart thing to do and it really kept me hooked! The overall writing of this novel was so easy to read and yet still detailed enough for you to immerse yourself in the book. I loved it and now I can’t wait to read more by these authors!
Overall, this book was a solid 4 stars with great characters, a unique plot, and writing that just keeps you entranced/hooked! I’d highly recommend it to just about anyone. 🙂
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Thank you so much for reading my review! I really hope you enjoyed, and if you want to chat about this, feel free to comment! 🙂