Book Review: These Broken Stars

Book Review: These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Pages: 384
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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.

At first glance, These Broken Stars looked to be just another space romance. A retelling of Titanic even. However, despite the less than stellar feelings this summary was giving me, These Broken Stars had one advantage that I knew would make me read this book no matter what… Meagan Spooner. I am not the type of person who will always read everything and anything as long as it is by X author. However, Meagan Spooner has proven to me how incredibly talented she is, and I knew that even if the book was a glorified retelling of Titanic, there would be some kind of Spooner twist that would make it all worth while.

These Broken Stars started off exactly how I was expecting. Poor boy. Rich girl. Two people from different worlds collide and the sparks fly. Easy, simple, and predictable, right? Not so fast. While the clichéd romance start is there, let’s just say with this romance, nothing is ever easy. For me, that was perfect. I am a fan of a good romance. However, I do not want everything to just fall into place. I want our characters to actually earn that happily ever after. With these two, it was definitely an uphill battle.

Part of that battle, was me coming to terms with Lilac. It wasn’t that I hated her character. Disliked strongly for a good bit, yes, but never hated. Some of my issues with her dealt with how long it took for her growth to come along. It wasn’t until These Broken Stars was a bit in that I really started to notice the changes. Some small, some larger. But once the baggage (I guess you could call it) and growth began, it was almost as if Lilac had become another person. One that I could see was worthy of Tarver. Not that Tarver was already perfect himself, but rather that these two characters were finally on equal ground.

The twist.

Now, I am not one for spoilers. So, I will try to keep this as spoil free as I can, but in case you have not read These Broken Stars yet, you have been warned!

In my mind, These Broken Stars is basically two parts: Pre-Twist being part one and Post-Twist, part two. In regards to the Pre-Twist, everything went along as it should have. I was a pretty happy reader. Then, came the twist. Personally, I liked the twist. It was gut-wrenching. Never saw it coming. Cried like a little baby for about five minutes. At this point, I am still a happy little reader. It is what happened after that made me go ‘huh?’

I am the type of reader who likes to enjoy the sad moments. It makes me connect with the characters, the read, all that jazz. These Broken Stars, sadly, did not let me have that. Instead of being able to move past the emotions, These Broken Stars basically made me feel like that previous sadness was pointless. It was not a game over for the book, however, it did make me want to throw it across the room. In the end, I am happy how it all turned out, but I am also kinda pissed that the big, bad, twist let me down.

Final Verdict:

Although These Broken Stars had a few issues, I was pretty pleased with how everything turn out.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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2 responses to “Book Review: These Broken Stars

  1. I read this right after my reading slump, and only picked it up because of how gorgeous the cover was. I had no idea it was a Titanic retelling, or that there was a big twist. I think because everything came as a surprise, I enjoyed it that much more! I did struggle with how neatly everything came together after the big twist, and how there was so much potential for philosophical/ethical questions to be explored that was wasted, but overall I was a very satisfied reader 🙂

    • I liked the twist. I just hated that I felt jilted after. Oh no! This happened… just kidding.

      PS. I refound you the other day… so glad you are back.

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