Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Series: Starbound, #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 10th 2013
Source: Provided by Publisher via Netgalley
Goodreads Summary: 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.
A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.



Words cannot express how much I loved this book. I’ve been procrastinating my life away because I can’t coherently express how in love I am with this book.

“The Icarus is falling. She’s like a great beast up in the sky, and I imagine her groaning as she wallows and turns, some part of her still fighting, engines still firing in an attempt to escape gravity.”
-These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

When Tarver and Lilac first meet, it’s on board the Icarus, one of the biggest and most powerful ships made for intergalactic travel. He’s a lowly war hero while she’s the daughter of the richest and most influential man in the universe. It becomes clear that a romance between the two would be next to impossible. And yet they can’t help but have a certain attraction towards each other. When the Icarus crashes, Lilac and Tarver appear to be the only survivors because they were lucky to latch onto an escape pod in time. This is where their real story begins.

These Broken Stars was my most anticipated book of 2013 and the very first book I read in 2014. This book is extraordinary!

I started this book with incredibly high expectations. I was hoping for an amazing story with a swoony romance and that’s exactly what I got.

The story isn’t difficult to grasp; the world building is easily believable. Seeing all of civilization living among the stars isn’t something necessarily original, but still nice to read about. We’re subtly introduced to new aspects like “Galactics” as currency, talks about “the past” and new technological items as well.

Lilac and Tarver are the protagonists of this story, and also the narrators. It was fun seeing both of their points of view, because we get to see both sides of the coin.

Tarver was such a refreshing male character! He’s not the same cookie cutter good guy that we’re used to seeing. I loved Tarver!

Lilac at first was tolerable at most. I thought she was a snob. But then we get to see her mask crumble, and we get to see a down to earth, relatable character. Lilac had so much going on, but she never failed to keep up with the pretense of perfection everyone always expected. I enjoyed seeing her shed that mask.

Whenever Lilac and Tarver interacted, I proceeded to laugh until I couldn’t breathe. Both of them had such different perspectives that when they clashed, it was difficult not to laugh.

Lilac: “Where will I sit?”
Tarver: Why, on this comfortable chaise lounge I’ve carried here for you in my pocket, Your Highness, so glad you asked.

She’s keeping her voice polite and even, like she’s at a garden party and I’m some annoying aunt who just won’t back off. Maybe if I [Tarver] shut up, she’ll electrocute herself.

Tarver: “It’s raining […] it’s fine. Straight from the clouds to you.”
Lilac: “Straight from the clouds? Is that hygienic?”

And then, somehow, between witty banter and trying to survive, they fall in love.

It’s so wonderful, because they don’t even know they’re falling in love with each other! And then when they actually do fall in love, it’s the most wonderful kind of love: a love so pure, and so selfless that there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for each other.

You’d think that reading a story just about two people trying to survive on a deserted place would be boring, but it was nothing but. There was intrigue, mystery, creepiness and action thrown into the mist.

The writing and prose are captivating. The fact that this was written by TWO authors isn’t present, just because the story flows along so nicely.

This book is much more than a beautiful cover, and if I had the next companion novels in my hands, I would have read them already.

If you haven’t started this book yet, get to it!

Rating: 4.5 stars

it was amazing

About the Authors: Amie’s Website | Meagan’s Website | Amie’s Twitter | Meagan’s Twitter

9 thoughts on “Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

  1. Loved this book. Sadly, I couldn’t write a review to express just how much…just kidding. I got lazy and then I’ve mostly forgotten what it’s about. But I remember liking it. Glad you feel the same way! 🙂


  2. I LOVED this one. The slow-burning romance was amazing. Thanks for putting the quotes in here and making me laugh all over again. Tarver and Lilac are perfect for each other. I was a little put off with what happened near the end though, but I kinda just decided to ignore it and pretend like it never happened. I can’t wait for the companion novels, but I’m sad that we won’t see as much of Lilac and Tarver. Great review!


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