These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Starbound #1)

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.


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This is a remarkable novel, such beautiful writing and suspenseful world, it was incredible.

The story follows Tarver, a war hero, and Lilac who is the richest man in the universe’s daughter and they encounter some technical issues while on board of the Icarus. And so the ship crashes onto the closest planet and there are no survivors, only Lilac and Tarver.

The first 2 chapters are a little bit boring, as you get to know the characters before the crash and the separate worlds they both live in. It was more annoying rather than boring because Tarver was being cute and asking her out and Lilac was just super rude. I actually didn’t like her character that much throughout the whole book, I don’t know why, she was really bland and annoying in a way. But the overall book was really enjoyable and I couldn’t put it down.

Lilac and Tarver are both the protagonists in the story with alternating chapters from each of their prospective. I found this really helpful as both characters didn’t know how to communicate with each other but as a reader you always knew what they were meaning to say to each other. I admire the way both authors have written the character’s emotional journey on this planet and even before the crash. Tarver and Lilac start of hating each other because of their encounters while on the Icarus, so when they are stranded on this planet they argue all the time. As you get half way through the book, you start to see small friendly gestures between them here and there which then builds a friendship and so much more. I also really like how at the start of the book they were love interests and then they go to not even being able to stand each other AND then back to love interests near the end of the novel. It was a really interesting journey to see them both transform so much while on the planet.

There was a lot of character development for both characters. Mostly Lilac as you see her go from a stuck up princess and a snotty daddy’s girl to realising she needs to survive and changes her whole prospective of how she should act and what she should say. It was very amusing seeing her climb rocks and wood logs with high heels. I like how half way through the book she starts to rely less on her namesake and becomes more helpful and resourceful. Especially when they get to the wreckage and things start to go bad for Tarver.

Tarver was just really charming and sarcastic and I loved him from beginning to end. There was nothing about him that I didn’t like, he always took in consideration Lilac’s needs and put himself second even when they weren’t on speaking terms.

The world was very original and well planned out, and it appeals to people who like and dislike sci-fi books. There’s minimal references to space, as the characters are stranded on a planet trying to survive. There’s a lot of adventure and I really enjoyed that.

The last 100/50 pages left of the book were absolutely amazing as you start to realise what is happening and the characters become even better. I do wish the story ended before the big ‘thing’ at the end happened, it would have made a really great cliffhanger and maybe it would have left me wanting the next book more than I am currently. I can’t imagine what the next book will be about and I feel like this would have been a good standalone. I really enjoyed the book, don’t get me wrong, I just wish the ending was different.



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