Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

13138635It’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.

I LOVE Science fiction books! Thay are my favorite kind of YA books. There’s just something special about space and the universe that I can’t get enough of. Therefor when I found These Broken Stars, I was thrilled.


This is literally me, when I finished These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars, written by the duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, takes us to space aboard a massive luxury ship, similar to the Titanic. We immediately meet our two main characters– Tarver, a solider, and Lilac, the daughter of the richest and most powerful man in the universe. Right away, something happens to the ship, and the two of them are stranded on a deserted planet left to forage and survive on their own without help. Slowly, something happens between them, beautiful and fragile. And in the end, Tarver and Lilac will have to make the difficult decision of giving up the wonderful peace they’ve found with each other to find their way back to civilization

Even though These Broken Stars is a science-fiction novel, it is more prominently a love story with two people from two people with completely different pasts. A little bit typical but the setting and way it was developed was truly magnificent and swoon-worthy. If romance has never been your cup of tea, I still believe this could work out nicely. Lilac and Tarver need to learn to rely and help each other; trust and look out for each other. There’s a little hesitation from both the two to cooperate but slowly, Lilac and Tarver begin to realise that they’d be totally dead if they didn’t have one and another. They are both survivalists, just in their own ways.

It has a little Titanic touch to it.


This is Lilac at the beginning of THESE BROKEN STARS. A society girl who has problems, problems that authors Kaufman and Spooner actually manage to make resonate with me.

The development of each character were very well crafted and presented. I especially loved how Lilac grew throughout the story from the naive, spoiled, daddy’s girl to someone who’d learned to make a camp and light a fire by herself, question her life and beliefs, braved a room full of dead rotting bodies alone for days to get the things they needed and who’d sacrifice herself and her happiness to ensure he wouldn’t suffer. I’d come to really loved her character as the story went on. Tarver, on the other hand, I adored him instantly (well, yeah, I’m that shallow) but I think I just easily saw through him. Behind the tough soldier mask was just a boy with soft heart and tender feelings. I loved his relationship with his family and how much he treasured them. I think he’s even more sentimental than Lilac. Haha! And he writes poems! That pretty much sums everything up. The romantic development between the two was very well written, it didn’t feel forces or too fast but slow and realistic. And definitely swoon-worthy.

Another key point to why These Broken Stars was so different to every other science-fiction love story out there: the writing. I have never ever ever read such beautiful sentences. It has a unique vibe about it, I cannot exactly what vibes it gave me but there was a hint of a fairytale-ness in there. Which worked easelessly. Also, those interrogation chapters were the best. They were short, a little confusing but we get to understand more of what’s happening the further we go into the story.

Final Words: I now have a major book hangover after reading this. Whether you love sci-fi and dystopian stories or not it really doesn’t matter, this book is definitely worth the read. I am also super excited to hear that the other books in the series will be companion novels – don’t get me wrong I love Lilac and Tarver, but to continue their story wouldn’t do them justice. These Broken Stars is an epic story of love and survival and is absolutely SENSATIONAL!



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