These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication date: December 10, 2013
Format: Audiobook, Length: 11 hours and 15 minutes
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, Sarge Anton
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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.
“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away. Until all that’s left is us.”
What can I say about this book that hasn’t been said by every other person who has read and reviewed it before me? The imagery was beautiful; the world-building fantastic. I’ve seen many people refer to this as Titanic in outer-space and that’s pretty much exactly what I pictured as I read (er, listened to) this book. It was absolutely engrossing and I found myself wanting to spend more time in my car just so I could get more of the story.
As much as I loved the story and the world-building, the characters were one of my favorite things about this book. I was afraid Lilac would be a wimpy heroine because of her background and upbringing. I could not have been more wrong. She kicked some serious tail by the end of the book and she ended up on my list of all-time favorite strong heroines, right alongside the likes of Katniss and Tris. Tarver? I don’t have the words to describe Tarver. He was brilliant. I loved his snark when it came to the interview. He was completely swoony and wonderful and the best type of book boyfriend. Lilac and Tarver do not fall victim to love at first sight. Not even close. But, the chemistry between these two? Fan-freaking-tastic.
“Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?”
“How am I supposed to answer that question?”
This book sucked me in from the start with the interview/inquisition. I wanted to know *everything* about what happened and who all the players were. I found the interview/inquisition portions unique and a great way to tease the reader about the things to come. (Or that already had, but that we didn’t know anything about yet.) Plus, they showed a side of Tarver I appreciated… a lot.
There were tons of twists and turns in this book and I never really had a clear idea of where it would head. The ending blew my mind. I find YA sci fi to be pretty hit or miss and this was definitely a BIG HIT for me. I can’t wait for more of this series.
As I “read” the audiobook version, I have to take a minute to talk about how fantastic the narrators were in These Broken Stars. It was different from most audiobooks I’ve read before in that there were three different narrators. Each of which suited the character perfectly. Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain and Sarge Anton did an incredible job with this story. This audiobook was a complete experience and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Truth be told, I can’t recommend the entire book highly enough, regardless of which format you choose to read it.