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Review: These Broken Stars

TBSTitle: These Broken Stars
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #1
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Publication Information: Disney Hyperion, 2013
Age Recommendation: Middle School & High School

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.

(Summary from Goodreads.)

I loved These Broken Stars because it reminded me a lot of the movie Titanic, but IN SPACE. Even the characters were similar – Lilac, a society girl with a lot more going on than initially appears; and Tarver, the super dreamy working class boy hoping that if he works hard enough, he’ll be able to make it. (I believe my exact words in my notes were “Tarver is hawt” but, you know, same thing.)

The main characters were both interesting and multidimensional, which is fantastic news because for most of the book, they’re also the only characters. Lilac tries to give the impression that she’s just another snotty society girl – and does live up to this image at times – but it becomes clear early on that this is just a defense mechanism to keep people from getting too close. As the book goes on, though, she becomes more self-sufficient, which I appreciated.

Tarver spends a lot of time beating himself up for daring to be attracted to Lilac, but there’s a lot more to his character to offset this. He has a strong sense of duty, but this is balanced out by his devotion to his family, which figures prominently throughout the book. Toward the end, his character went in a direction I didn’t really like, but I can’t really go into more detail than that without spoiling a major plot development.

The romance bothered me a little. There is a very strong attraction between Lilac and Tarver, and I loved how it developed over the course of the book. I also loved how they learned to rely on and trust each other. But when they finally did get together, things moved a little too fast for my liking. I mean, I love them together, but I wish things hadn’t gotten so intense so fast, you know?

These Broken Stars would be a good fit for fans of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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