I’ve been wanting to read These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner for some time now so when I arrived at Barnes and Noble during a quick lunchtime bookstore browsing session and I saw that it had come out in paperback it was as if the stars of my book collection had aligned. Although, now that I’ve found out it’s a series and I enjoyed the first book, I’ll have to decide between waiting for the second book to come out in paperback or buying the hardcover and having a mismatched collection… but I’ll digress! I absolutely love the gorgeous cover (see below) so I was immediately drawn to it. The book was much more sci-fi than I was anticipating and I really enjoyed it overall.
Tarver, a youthful but honored war hero, and Lilac LaRoux, the heiress to her father’s spacecraft business, are the only two survivors of the catastrophe aboard the Icarus. They land on a strange and uninhabited planet and the pair must work together to try to get back home safely despite their differences. Lilac is a headstrong young woman who has closed her heart off to any experiences after being traumatized during her past. Tarver comes from a family of a lower status and Lilac instinctively tries to ignore him for (what she tells herself is) his own good. I’m really glad Lilac proves that she is stronger, braver and more intelligent than she initially lets on but it was a little bit of a challenge for me to like her.
I was slightly disappointed with the romance aspect of the book but the overall story and my curiosity about the planet were able to distract me from focusing too heavily on the something I felt was missing. I am looking forward to continuing reading on to book two so more of the loose ends will be tied up but I have heard that it centers around a different set of characters. These Broken Stars is beautifully written and I would suggest reading it if you’re in the mood for YA sci-fi.
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. (via Goodreads)