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Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is beautiful. From the writing to the adventure to the characters, this book is a true standout of the year.

Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Title & Author: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Science Fiction

Release Date: December 10, 2013

Series: Starbound #1

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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.”

Space Opera YA Style

From start to finish, I am absolutely in love with These Broken Stars. Let’s start with the basics:

  • Setting: The Future, the space ship Icarus; isolated planet
  • The Players: Tarver, decorated (young) military hero; Lilac, sassy spawn of industry titan (read: very rich)
  • The Set-up: After a terrible accident aboard the Icarus, Lilac and Tarver escape to a nearby planet and seem to be the only survivors
  • The Style: Alternating POVs between Lilac and Tarver (<--Loved!)

Yes. Two very attractive teens stuck on a deserted planet together. Chaos ensues.

These Broken Stars was so much more than just a survival story, though. It’s wide-reaching tale about family and loss and prejudice and love.

This story has so much mystery – SO many things I never say coming. And, it has so much heart. I ran the gamut of emotions while reading this novel. All of the elements work together to deliver a huge impact.

And, let me tell you there’s no instalove here. Every gloriously tingly moment is hard won…which only makes it that much better.

The alternating POVs really worked in this book. Lilac and Tarver come from such different backgrounds and life experiences, it added so much more to the book than if it had been told from only one voice. In addition to the POVs, at the beginning of every chapter, there is text from a conversation Tarver is having with an interrogator. It provided an even thicker layer of anticipation and suspense.

I loved both of these characters, and I love how well the authors made them complement each other. Where one is strong, another is weak. And each changed and grew as the story progressed.

These Broken Stars is beautifully written. And the backdrop of space only adds to the depth and reach of the story. It’s more like a prop for the real adventure that Lilac and Tarver are creating for themselves. Where the possibilities are endless.

A little taste:

Our world, our lives, reduced to a handful of 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 afterimages away. Until all that’s left is us.


This romantic space odyssey was stunning. From the setting of an unknown, desolate planet to the large, stark backdrop of space to the strong personalities of the characters, These Broken Stars is a knock out read. It easily earned a spot in my top reads of the year. Plus, have you seen that cover?!? Gorgeous!! Please pick up These Broken Stars as a personal favor to me – you’ll absolutely LOVE it, guaranteed.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Lisa Schensted

    SPACE OPERA. I need this book in my life in the worst way.

  • Lisa Schensted

    SPACE OPERA. I need this book in my life in the worst way.