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These Broken Stars
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.
Oh boy... it's been a good long while since I last wrote a book review. Way too long. Can it have really been since January?
Anyway, I wouldn't mind getting back into the habit, even if it's just a short ramble rather than an in-depth, essay-long review. And I feel like These Broken Stars is just the book to get me back to reviewing on a vaguely-regular basis.
Confession: I think I went into reading this book already deciding that I wouldn't like it, when I first picked it up last year. I'd seen a few negative reviews, and a fair few of the positive reviews seemed to be coming from people who weren't usually fans of sci-fi. I only got a few chapters into it, before it had to go back to the library, and because I didn't really give it the chance it deserved, I returned it without having much of an intention to pick it back up again.
Fast-forward to this year, when I actually bought myself a copy at Writing Matters, having met and spoken to the lovely Amie Kaufman at the Inkys back in October, I wanted to give These Broken Stars another chance, sans the prejudices I went into reading it with last time.
I am so glad I did.
I just really enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect, but there really was a lot to like. I found myself being completely fascinated by these characters and how they interacted with each other. Both Lilac and Tarver were really interesting to read about, and I was mostly impressed with the way their relationship developed. I liked that there was a reason behind the angst between them, that it wasn't simply the ol' hate-at-first-sight trope, and I was really impressed by the way they gradually came to respect each other.
My only issue was that the transition from 'okay-we're-getting-along-and-you-actually-seem-kinda-cool' to 'omg-I-love-you' was a little quick for my taste, but there was enough of a development in their relationship through the novel that it wasn't a major issue for me.
The character building was also fascinating. I loved, loved the fact that Lilac wasn't made to be some pseudo-tough girl - she is a product of her surrounds, and struggles with surviving, but she gets on with it and learns how to stay alive in this completely unimaginable situation. She slowly adapts, and I think that this was done very realistically. Tarver also felt very authentic and believable, and underwent his own type of growth. Two very different characters, and both were pulled off rather successfully.
There was maybe a hint less world-building present than there could have been, but I get the feeling that this world will be further developed in the next books. What world building was present certainly piqued my interest, and I'm definitely looking forward to continuing this story and exploring this world (or should I say galaxy? universe?) further.
As for readability, it took a few chapters but after that I was most certainly hooked, there was definitely a lot of the 'just one more chapter then I'll sleep' mentality going on. I haven't been reading as much this year as I usually do (year twelve's getting me down), but this book was definitely worth reading.
In short, These Broken Stars was a pleasure to read, and I'm eager to get my hands on book two. I'm also more hesitant about judging a book before reading it, but I'll admit that it was nice to be proved wrong.
By far, my favorite book of 2013! Beautifully crafted, magnificently detailed and leaves you completely starstruck! (hehe like what I did there with starstruck)
So I practically started this book on a Sunday (minus a few chapters the night before) and, let's just say that I stayed in bed all day reading this book. When I came up for air it was 5pm. If that doesn't give you some kind of clue at how good this book is, then read the book (which is a must) and see what kind of addiction captures you.
It is easy to get a first look at this world we are thrown into. It's space, so the general idea is there, and then we get a better look at the Icarus. Even though we know that this is one monster of a spaceship, we only need details of where Tarver and Lilac are. I can't help but fall for Tarver straight away when he sets his sights on the books at the start. And when we meet Lilac, we instantly understand who she is and get with her personality. She's the girl that we all want to be (and not just because of Tarver) and a fabulous kick-*** heroine. She stands up for what she believe's in and does anything and everything to protect the ones that she loves. Even though at the start, we don't realize how much she changes in the book until we look back. At the start, she isn't much of a heroine and more like the damsel in distress (but does show signs of her hero side), and then she flourishes when both Tarver and Lilac crash land at the mysterious planet.
While I was reading, I just though that this was your typical survival story: Boy and Girl crash land, they go searching for help and other survivors while fighting horrible beasts and finding love etc etc. But this completely turns around from that! Not that the starting survival story is boring, it's the complete opposite because this gets us more firmly in touch with Tarver and Lilac, with who they are and who they want to be. Then as soon as we feel like we are one with them, everything turns around. You don't know what to expect next and you find that you've crash landed in a whole other situation that you never thought possible. You cry (alot...... I completely balled my eyes out, making my boyfriend laugh at me while I'm completely torn from the events of this book) from this book, and you experience so many different emotions that you are stunned and shocked at the end that you just can't wait for the next.
This book was a complete surprise to me and it's fantastic in every way. For me there was no faults. It kept you guessing, and the secrets that continually pull you through this book and make you want to find out about them. Throughout the whole book, you feel like screaming because you just want Tarver and Lilac to kiss or do something!! You're screaming for romance, that when it comes you rejoice and angels come down from the
Heaven's singing Hallelujah! (ok, not really but you get the picture).
Throughout the book, you equally connect with both Tarver and Lilac. I love how it's dual POV of them both, and that makes you connect with these two more. You get to see how they change and the imagery is so vivid that it's like you're experiencing this all with them.
This is my favorite book of 2013!If you haven't had a chance to read this book yet, you don't know what you're missing out on and need to read this!
Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing a copy for review
I absolutely loved reading this book. I’ve always been sceptical about reading any sci-fi books because I hate to be disappointed when things don’t seem realistic. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. I was glued to the book from the very beginning and I was engrossed in both the worlds of the Icarus and the planet Lilac and Tarver crash-land on. The world building was fantastic and I felt like I was standing either aboard the Icarus or standing on alien soil along with the pair. I could picture everything so clearly and I felt like I really was there, it felt so realistic. It was beautifully written and I loved the descriptions.
The thing I love the most about this book is the two characters: Lilac and Tarver. Usually when a book revolves around only a couple of people and there isn’t really anyone else in the story, things get a bit dull. But this wasn’t the case in this book. I was really surprised that I never got sick of the pair and how I was always interested in what they had to say. This book was written from two points of view – Tarver’s and Lilac’s. The chapters alternated from each of their point of view. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t. In this book, it definitely worked. I loved reading about what both Lilac and Tarver were thinking and I really liked reading from both points of view.
At the beginning of the book, Lilac was a typical rich society girl. She was overprotected by her father and grew up expecting everything to be perfect and to get whatever she wanted all the time. Even though I found Lilac infuriating and a little irritating at first, as the book progressed, I came to like her more. Even though she acted like a bitchy princess and I wanted to hit her at times, she was undeniably smart and could learn to deal with the situation she’s in. She would trek through the forest in her dress and high heels for the sake of pride (and because she was stubborn), but even when she was in pain, she’d never complain or shed a tear, which is something I really admired about her. However, unlike Lilac, I loved Tarver immediately. He is a soldier returned from war as a hero for a brave act, and now he’s an honored guest upon the Icarus. He and Lilac start off as enemies, but they soon come together and learn that they’ll have to trust each other in order to survive everything. I loved how their trust turned into friendship, and then something more. It was a really well-written love between them and I loved reading about their feelings towards each other. Their romance was really sweet and when the plot was a little slow at times, I was always interested in what was happening between them.
The only thing that I can fault about this book is how it doesn’t tell me anything about the background and history of everything. I wanted to know more about why the society is class-segregated and I would have liked to know more of the futuristic technology. At times I found the plot a little slow, but that never meant I was bored because I loved the growing attraction between Lilac and Tarver. Overall, I loved reading These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!