These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Review)

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Synopsis: 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.

Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure.  

Cover: If I could have this cover framed I would hang it on a wall in my bedroom. It is one of the prettiest covers for a novel I have ever seen. And once you read this novel, you’ll understand the significance of the outfits the characters wear on this cover. I can talk simply about this cover for hours since it is so beautiful. 

My Thoughts: This Sci-Fi novel began with Tarver, a military hero, at a gala aboard the Icarus. He recently was known for his success and was able to attend a party surrounded by the wealthy, even if the rich still judged him for his past. At the party he noticed Lilac LaRoux, heiress of the wealthiest man in charge of LaRoux Industries. When both characters met, they instantly fell into an easy conversation, neither of them knowing about the other’s background. That was until Lilac’s friends pressured her to reject Tarver’s advances since he was only a soldier and she was only allowed to speak to upscale passengers.

A sudden catastrophic collapse of the space station Icarus forced Tarver and Lilac together in the shared goal of surviving the destruction of the station. They escaped in a pod Lilac managed to have released from the crumbling Icarus where it crash landed on a desolate planet empty of all life. Tarver, bitter over Lilac’s change in attitude towards him thanks to the influence of her friends, would rather be stranded on an unknown planet with anyone else. Lilac, determined that her father was going to locate them eventually, did her best to criticize with Tarver’s every action in order to uphold her snobby facade. 

Both learned eventually to push aside their differences long enough to figure out that they needed to try and find a way to communicate to anyone in space searching for them. With Lilac’s stubbornness to follow Tarver’s rules of survival, the pair began a rocky start to their trek towards Icarus which landed on the planet. They both tried their best to coincide as they traveled through the rough terrain when Lilac started to hear voices whispering to her in her head. Over time, they learned that the whispers plaguing their minds were trying to assist them during their darkest times on their voyage to the destroyed Icarus. But as time progressed and both characters drew closer together, despite their faults, they wondered if it wasn’t so bad to stay on the unknown land together, away from everyone else.

With heart racing twists and turns throughout every part of this story, it kept me on edge the entire time. There was never a dull moment with the character’s teasing banter and their determination to save one another during life threatening situations. The second I picked up this novel (which I finished in a day) I was sucked into this world shared only between Tarver and Lilac. The incredible way both characters provided to their survival was a factor that kept me reading all day, along with the descriptions of the circumstances they were put in. At some points I had to look up from the book to remind myself that I wasn’t there with them, fighting for their lives. I was especially interested in the whisperers and their connection to the planet which was a very unique concept to read about. Also, the relationship between both characters was unlike any other relationship I have read about in a while. It was a beautiful connection they had where they selflessly cared for one another because they not only needed the other to survive but to be happy. Along with their relationship I was obsessed with, I loved the character development that showed them evolving to be the best person they could be over time.

This entire novel entrapped me at every word strung together in an unforgettable way. The ending was exceptionally action packed and full of surprises and questions. There was not a single thing wrong with this story, in my opinion. And this has to be one of the best books I have picked up this year thanks to the world building, action, mystery, romance, and strong characters I instantaneously loved and won’t forget for a while.

Rating★★★★★

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One thought on “These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Review)

  1. I think this is a Persuasion by Jane Austen retelling, which I love, but because of the sci-fi, I’m on the fence. Still…that is a pretty cover!

    Nice review!

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