These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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 Title: These Broken Stars

 Series: Starbound (#1)

 Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 Genre: Sci-fi

 Rating: ★★★★☆

 In short: great writing, awesome characters, and an adventure that you’re sure to love.

Warning: mild spoilers in this review.

Goodreads: 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.

There are some books that check all the boxes. Great characters, great story, great setting—the works. And These Broken Stars is one of those. The premise reminds you of Titanic, and the beginning of the story is sort of reminiscent of Under the Never Sky, but in truth, it’s a whole lot better than the latter, and not really much like the former. The story follows Lilac, a rich daddy’s girl, and Tarver, a major and a war hero. The two are forced to work together when their spaceship crashes, leaving the two of them stranded on an unknown planet. Interesting, right? WRONG. IT’S WONDERFUL. I don’t know what sorcery these two authors have been practicing, but it worked.

The book starts off at a party where Tarver first notices Lilac and I’ll admit, at that point, I thought it was going to be something horribly cliche and boring. You’d have the guy-who-has-nothing scornfully noticing the rich and their whims, but he wouldn’t be scornful about the girl-who-has-everything because she’s different. That all changes when they crash—while they do have grudging admiration for each other’s strengths, the fact of the matter is that they have totally different upbringings, so they have arguments more than anything. Then there’s the fact that Lilac’s dad is overprotective, and any guy who approaches her is liable to die a painful death, so she has to keep Tarver at arm’s distance anyway. The thing about Lilac, though, is that though it took me longer to like her than Tarver, she’s not the complaining kind. She thought that Tarver was good-looking, and felt bad that she had to hurt him, but she’s bitter about her position, not whiny. I could’ve kissed her for it.

Lilac Rose LaRoux. Untouchable. Toxic.
I should’ve been named Ivy, or Foxglove, or Belladonna.

Books like this, and I’m far more likely to side with the male lead (like Perry from Under the Never Sky. I really didn’t like Aria.), but These Broken Stars had two great main characters. Somehow, Lilac manages to avoid coming off as a brat, and I think that’s largely due to good writing.

[…] years later, when he looks back at this escapade, I’d rather he think bitch than weakling.

Yeah. That line killed me. I was just like, ACCEPT MY SOUL, AMIE KAUFMAN AND MEAGAN SPOONER.

And then there’s the sass. This book is dripping in sass, it’s wonderful. The little interview snippets in between chapters especially—and there’s another thing I loved about this book. The plot unravels really well, and when things start to fit together you’ll be just staring at your copy, slack-jawed. The plot twists are strong with this one. The ‘whispers’ were a very interesting idea as well, and I’ll be waiting to see how that plot-line continues. This was a really enjoyable book on the whole, enough for me to put down The Madman’s Daughter (which I really did like). The ending leaves one of my favourite second-book-possibilities, the it’s-not-over-yet feeling—Catching Fire pulled that off excellently, and I can’t wait to see how this one continues.

Just read it, okay.

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