Title: These Broken Stars
Author(s): Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publication: December 10th, 2013 from Disney Hyperion
Format, pages: Hardcover, 374 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Survival
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.
You know, I really went into this book thinking that I was going to love it. I mean, just about every one of my Goodreads friends had rated this 4 stars or higher, with the exception of my co-blogger, Braiden. The premise was awesome, and I just had a good feeling about this one. And I can’t even say that this is a bad book, it just wasn’t really my kind of book.
I’ll elaborate further on this; I just don’t like survival romances much it appears, seeing as some of my primary issues that I have with These Broken Stars seem to translate with Alex Morel’s Survive, another survival romance (that one with a plane crash instead of a spaceship crash). I just have a hard time buying into them, at least when the romance has this large of a focus on it. The Hunger Games, which is arguably a survival romance, is much more my style, where the actual survival bit is the most important element of the book. With this one, the lines are kind of blurred as to which is the main focus of the plot.
Seeing as how I didn’t buy into the romance between Lilac and Tarver (which is not at all a spoiler if you bothered to read the description), a lot of the book didn’t fit with me, since that is one of the very few plot lines going on. The most frustrating part about the series is that it’s a trilogy of companion novels, with two new lead characters in each one, meaning three love stories, so if you don’t buy into one of them, you probably won’t get the opportunity to get into it in future books.