In Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Posted April 3, 2014 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Audiobook, Length: 11 hours and 15 minutes
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, Sarge Anton
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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.

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In Review My Thoughts

“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?”
“Medium.”
“Excuse me?”
“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.

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About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling author of of two young adult science fiction trilogies. She 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 favorite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighborhood, 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. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and her rescue dog. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.

About Meagan Spooner

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 Asheville, North Carolina, 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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