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These Broken Stars Hardcover – December 10, 2013
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These Broken Stars, written by the duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, takes us to space aboard a massive luxury ship, similar to the Titanic. We immediately meet our two main characters-- Tarver, a solider, and Lilac, the daughter of the richest and most powerful man in the universe. Right away, something happens to the ship, and the two of them are stranded on a deserted planet left to forage and survive on their own without help. Slowly, something happens between them, beautiful and fragile. And in the end, Tarver and Lilac will have to make the difficult decision of giving up the wonderful peace they've found with each other to find their way back to civilization.
Any plot synopsis won't do this book justice. The way Lilac and Tarver interact is perfect. The prose is gorgeous. The world building is immense and believable. And I even went along with the science, because it's clear that these two authors have done their homework. Just fantastic. I can go on and on about the lush description, the pitch perfect characterization, and the most successfully done dual POV I have seen maybe ever in YA. I actually wonder if each voice was written by a different author, because the two voices are very unique, and I never wondered whose perspective I was in. Each scene is deliberate, ramping up the tension and the stakes, and ultimately, having us care about these two characters so much that one heart wrenching plot twist is entirely a shock to the system. I had to sit stunned for a day before I could continue, and then devoured the pages until the end to see what happened.
Overall, this book is a gem.Read more ›
These Broken Stars starts out so well and just gets better from there. The story is so clever and well written I was completely engaged from the first scene and couldn't put it down. There are twists and turns throughout that I certainly didn't see coming and I'm not ashamed to admit I ugly cried over one particular shocking twist!
Although this story does indeed start out similar to the Titanic movie, with the evacuation pods and the space liner, crashing, this story is more about survival and the mystery surrounding the plant they crash land on. At first Lilac and Tarver's aim is to find a place to wait for a rescue party, but as they start to realise they might never be found, they start to face new threats. Their journey is as much a battle of mental strength as it is physical. They are faced with many challenges that threaten their sanity and lives. To say any more about the story would ruin the enjoyment of this book - JUST READ IT!
What I found very surprising was that for the majority of the book we only have the two main characters Lilac & Tarver. I've read other books like this and is hasn't worked - to have only two character carry the entire story is very difficult and it can often become stagnant, but that's not the case here. Both characters are so well developed and the dual POV keeps things moving.
Lilac, the celebrity socialite, is known across the galaxy as daughter of the wealthiest man and builder of the luxury space liner Icarus. But the happy carefree girl everybody sees is somewhat an act.Read more ›
However it was all downhill from there. I felt the pacing dragged immensely and for almost 2/3's of the book, the characters seemed to simply walk across the planet. While the survival aspect of the plot was mildly interesting, the repetition grew tiresome.
While I immediately liked Tarver and actually would have preferred a full book of him interacting with his interrogators, Lilac was another story and YES I did appreciate her character arc and did eventually sympathise with her, however, I truly didn't understand the battle of wills between the two and felt their characters' actions didn't ring true with their ages.
Couple that with the lack of plot and Houston we have more of a problem than simply a downed ship. The supposed "OMG Twist" towards the end would have been more shocking if A. I liked the characters and could therefore have a reaction more than "meh" and B. if it didn't blatantly give the game away that as YA Sci-Fi it didn't have the "spine" to follow through with said "plot twist" which would have been far more admirable.
This had the potential to be great sci-fi but it came across as diluted and the type of sci-fi that I'd recommend to people who like the new Star Trek movies but make fun of the TV series i.e. just sci-fi enough to make them feel like they are outside their comfort zone. Needless to say it was wholly disappointing in *MY* opinion.
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My full review can be found on my blog, Reader Rayna, as well as Goodreads.
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Lilac: the it girl – famous father, and everyone wants her attention. Tarver: soldier who is a nobody, just some young man with a huge amount of medals. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jay
I cannot even begin to describe how I feel after finishing this book. The writing is so well done, the characters well developed, I can picture the ship and the planet vividly and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michaela
I was really hesitant to try this, because sci-fi and I don’t match per se. I’m not sure what it is that often leaves me detached from a sci-fi story, but there definitely is... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
I was a very bad person when I read this, because I had to read it all through in one day! Some things got neglected. Read morePublished 9 days ago by JamieGamer
The Starbound Trilogy is a good read. Although advertised as young adult, it is a good interesting read for any adult with an interest in Sci-Fi. Read morePublished 11 days ago by ShelleyCS
I found These Broken Stars to be an okay book. I was definitely entertained but I wasn’t especially invested in these characters or the plot. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amberley
Not like your typical dystopian ya novels. A little sci-fi, a little romance, a little adventure. Enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading the others in the collection.Published 18 days ago by BTS
Loved this unique story line and richly laid out world. The people have depth and emotion, the story has substance, and it is told with such descriptive words that you have no... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kindle Customer