Book: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date Published: December 10th, 2013
Source: Purchased book
Date Started: February 9th, 2014
Date Finished: February 20th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: This Shattered World
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
What a beautiful story. For those who love science fiction, I definitely recommend this. It has space travel, space rifts, abandoned planets, conspiracies, reincarnation, love, hallucinations, reasons, science, anything your mind can fancy. I’ve been on a Dr Who kick lately, so this book was exactly up my alley.
These Broken Stars starts off on a grand space ship called the Icarus that has 50,000 passengers on it including the heiress to the LaRoux fortune, Lilac and a decorated war hero, Tarver Merendson. Lilac’s father designed the ship and has placed his most precious cargo on it, his daughter. However, the Icarus is ripped out of hyperspace, and Lilac and Tarver find themselves on an escape pod together. These two characters could not be any more different than they already are. The escape pods malfunctions, but Lilac miraculously finds a way to detach the escape pod from the ship. They land on an abandoned planet, where they discover that out of the 50,000 passengers, they are the only two to survive. Even through their constant bickering, Lilac and Tarver must survive together. There is something else that is going on the planet, something that keeps whispering to them. Together, they must solve the mystery of what it is if they want to get home.
So, let me start off on the cover of the book. The cover is GORGEOUS. I usually have a problem with girls with flowy dresses on the covers of books because they sometimes represent the book in false ways. It drives me nuts because I then realize that I chose a book solely for its cover, and that can be a big no no sometimes. Other times, you might get lucky and the writing matches the beauty of the cover. I believe I have gotten lucky this time around. Lilac’s dress on the cover is actually a dress she wears in the book, Tarver is dressed in his military uniform, and they are in a story about the wonders of space. Doesn’t get any more literal than that. I’ve read some other reviews where people had trouble with the cover, where they thought that the two main characters would be traveling among the stars in a romantic fashion. I’m actually glad this wasn’t the case. Which leads me to my next point.
I thought this book was going to be entirely a love story. I actually thought it would be like Titanic up in space. It kinda started off that way, with the girl from rich society who can’t be touched, the rough boy who shows her theres more to life, etc. But that didn’t last very long in this book. I believe this book was about survival more than anything. The chapters switch back and forth between the two character’s point of view. We learn about their individual weaknesses as they try to struggle with the fact that they are with a person that is completely different from them. But as they say, opposites do attract. There was a section towards the end of the book that was heartbreaking to read, but I don’t want to give any of those details here and ruin it for you. That is in no way an indicator about the ending, either. This book was a lot deeper, in a philosophical sense, than I thought it would be. It asked questions about the meaning of life, the quality of life, what our priorities should be, etc. When I sometimes read books that have these themes in it, I get overwhelmed. Only in fiction books though. I like asking these sort of questions and hypothesizing answers, but I feel that sometimes in fiction writing, the attempt to answer these questions can be overly cheesy. As if some of the biggest questions in life can be answered by some forced metaphor that is supposed to be beautiful and heartbreaking. When I read things like this, I could not roll my eyes any harder. I may have personal reasons for this, and thats okay. Thats what being a reader is. Taking your personal life and applying it to a book to get a meaning out of it. Something that makes sense to you, and you only. Maybe thats why I hate cheesy metaphors. Authors trying to force their meaning into my mind instead of letting me form a connection myself. ANYWAYS, off that tangent. These Broken Stars explores life and its meaning, but the authors did it in a way that felt natural. Sometimes when you watch a movie or tv show based around fantasy or science fiction, you can feel when the reality is starting to leave. As though the story is beyond our grasp. These Broken Stars made the story seem so natural and realistic, that I felt that the world the authors built was near possible. There were elements like ghosts and reincarnation, and I felt as though those were all acceptable forms of reality and possibility. I’d have to say this is due to the fantastic way that the authors built the setting of the world that Tarver and Lilac were on.
Now onto the story. I’m just going to mention two things here. I felt as though there were some unanswered questions. I never felt like I truly understood why the Icarus fell out of hyperspace. There was an explanation as to the exact cause, but I felt like there was a deeper reason, a real reason that had to do with the whispers on the planet. I also wish that I knew more about what happened outside of the planet, what news reports were saying about the Icarus, what Lilac’s father was doing about what had to be a devastating blow to his company, etc. I wanted a few more answers to the conspiracy that was building up in the story. I thought these answers would come in the next book, but looks like that won’t be happening!
The next book in the series, This Shattered World is due out November 11th, 2014 (The day after my birthday! wink hint wink 😉 ) However, Lilac and Tarver are not the focus of the story. It instead focuses on two other characters in this world named Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. Which is sad for me. I loved Lilac and Tarver together. They were great, and they weren’t afraid to push each other around. But they do deserve a happy end after everything they went through in These Broken Stars. I was hoping for more conspiracy concerning Lilac’s father, but thats just hopeful wishing on my part!
Anyways, even though I had a few unanswered questions, I’m still going to give this book a 5/5. I just really liked it!