Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel (The Starbound Trilogy Book 1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Hardcover, 374 pages, Published December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Genre: Romantic YA Science Fiction
Description: Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive -- alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy. Review:  The story begins with a very Titanic feel to it. I never would've thought of a luxury ship in space, but that's exactly where this ship is. Lilac is rich and spoiled and Tarver is a young war hero. Together, they escape the doomed ship and end up stranded alone on a foreign, deserted planet, where they must make a journey for help. 
Lilac is a great character, although I didn't like her at first. She does what she has to do to keep her father's reputation where he wants it to be. When she is forced to stand on her own, her many facets really come to life and we get to know who she really is and to see her great courage and strength. 
Tarver. He's cynical and good-looking, but he does whatever he can to survive and to help Lilac do the same. He's a good compliment to Lilac and is able to turn on the military mode in an instant, which helps them out. I really liked his character and his drive, especially when his shell is cracked and we get to see the real Tarver.
There were many strange things that happened that had me curious, confused, and eager to learn what was going on. There is so much creativity placed in the events and it was fascinating to see it all unfold, especially the twists. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more about this place.
Content: moderate language (a few words used a lot, especially at the beginning); moderate romance (kissing, implied intimate relationship--no details); moderate violence (deaths especially).
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
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 About the Authors:

Amie Kaufman 
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Meagan Spooner 
Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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