Review: ‘These Broken Stars’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Review: ‘These Broken Stars’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 10th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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.

About Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.


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 Asheville, North Carolina, 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.

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Lilac, the daughter of the wealthiest man in the universe. Tarver, the son of a working class family, and war hero. Aboard the Icarus, their worlds are galaxies apart. Only when the luxury space liner is pulled out of hyper speed, they crash land on an unknown planet. The only two living survivors must find a way home and learn to help each other.

Lilac is truly one high class girl. I can’t understand her logic. She’s bratty and snooty and it’s easy for her to be cruel to push people away. Yet there’s a hidden kindness to her and it slowly unravels piece by piece and I just loved how both Kaufman and Spooner worked it into this read.

Tarver was an excellent male lead and I loved his quick remarks and highly intelligent observations. Especially when trudging through the unknown planet, it helped that he had the experience necessary to back it up.

Their relationship was fresh and honest and completely unforgettable. I’ve always wanted a YA story where the two main characters disliked each other from the start and here it is! FINALLY. They also fall in love in such a gradual way that it’s believable. It’s also a known fact that disasters seem to heighten emotions so it wasn’t so unrealistic they cared for one another.

The pacing was so perfect, I couldn’t put this one down. From the beautiful slow start, to the incredibly twisted creepy moments, These Broken Stars is one sci-fi survival story that’s not to be missed. A page-turner indeed!

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You’re not to blame for someone loving you.




1 Comment

  1. Maria Villatoro

    November 29, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I’m dying to read this book! Great review. This book sounds great and I love the cover!

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