These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release Date: November 20th, 2013
Disney-Hyperion, 374 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC from Publisher via BEA 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Starbound #1
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.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was such a wild ride. The authors painted an incredible scene on board the Icarus (aptly named) and a vivid, terrifying new planet that seems uninhabited. The level of description the authors used to convey emotions, scenery, action [chaos], and terror was astounding. I was hooked by the first chapter, absorbed by the second, and enraptured throughout the rest of the book.
The main characters could not be more different in their background, upbringing, social class, and personalities. I loved getting to know Lilac and Tarver. The way their relationship develops is tumultuous and wonderful to watch.
The suspense and roller-coaster moments in this story was almost non-stop. Many times throughout the story, I had to remind myself that I was reading sci-fi and not a ghost story! The storyline is haunting and wonderfully creepy…and the ending is totally worth the wild ride! Who is the “bad guy” here? Do Tarver and Lilac end up being able to get along and survive? Do they ever get home? Why was this planet created, but never colonized? So many questions were running through my head while I was reading.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who loved Beth Revis’s Across the Universe. (Not to mention it made me want to go watch Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century…Don’t judge!)