Book Review: These Broken Stars

Book Review: These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10, 2013
Pages: 378

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.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


I’ve never disliked two main characters more than in These Broken Stars. Lilac was a bit stuck up and a little too concerned with how her father would react the whole time (even when surviving on an unknown planet) which I guess we find out she has a good reason for. Tarver is just kind of boring and bland – too chivalrous – too perfect – rather annoying.

The whole premise also is weird and funky with a deserted planet but not … it’s seemingly haunted yet not. It’s an odd plot and the ending wraps it up yet there’s an ongoing series I guess. Overall, I wasn’t impressed, I wasn’t exactly bored but I was annoyed the whole time with the characters and  you’re literally stuck with just the two of them the whole time.

It’s a survival story with some odd elements and what happens is so weird I was just done with it, I have no interest whatsoever in the sequel or in caring what happens to these characters.


If I cared about these characters I may have cared more about this book. Not my fave sci-fi premise or characters.

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One response to “Book Review: These Broken Stars

  1. It’s so hard to get into a book if I don’t like the characters! I’ve been reading middle grade with characters who make bad choices but don’t suffer any consequences, which also doesn’t jive with me!

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