Monday, 4 November 2013

(ARC) Book Review (268): These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner.

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

Publication: 10th December 2013 (U.S) & 20th November 2013 (Australia)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (U.S) & Allen & Unwin (Australia)
Pages: 384
Genre: Science-Fiction
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
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.
My Thoughts.
These Broken Stars is the first book in the Starbound Trilogy, a collaboration between two authors, Amie Kaufman (Australian) and Meagan Spooner (American).
This book was the most amazing love story that's out of this world!
Loved it, loved it, loved it, I knew as soon as we had the first interaction between our two main characters Lilac and Tarver that this book was going to be fantastic, and boy was I right!
I don't generally read a whole lot of science-fiction books, but out of the few that I've read, These Broken Stars trumps them all.
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2013 and I'm so glad that it lived up to it's hype and more.
This book has been compared as 'Titanic In Space' and I can certainly see how it received that tag, the rich girl/poor boy situation where the rich girl falls in love with a boy below her station in life and will go against everything she's been brought up to believe to take a chance on that once in a lifetime love that doesn't matter how poor he is.
After the crash of Icarus and their escape pod landing on an abandoned planet Lilac and Tarver take a trek across the planet to find the wreckage and hopefully be able to send out a signal so they can be rescued, of course their travels aren't exactly easygoing and the comments and remarks between these two had me laughing out loud quite a few times.
There's nothing about this book that I didn't like, from one of the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen, to the incredible plot, the dialoge and to the extremely well written characters there's so much to love in this story.
I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in this trilogy, I can't wait to see what these two fabulous authors come up with next.
I give this a well deserved 5/5 Stars.

 Amie Kaufman is the co-author of the These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. Amie had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favourite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighbourhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas. Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab.
As she grew older (but not up), she continued her education, and graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution. These days she combines writing with work as a mediator, as well as regular travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia. A few of her top travel moments include camping in the Sahara overnight, climbing a mountain in Vietnam, standing on the Great Wall of China and cycling the Loire Valley, but she has a huge list left to cover.
Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their very quirky rescue dog, Jack. She’s a huge fan of chocolate and naps, has an enormous music collection, and an entire room of her house is devoted to her library. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.

+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 Northern Virginia, 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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