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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Starbound (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1ST edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423171020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423171027
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up—Lilac LaRoux is the belle of the ball on board her father's large and luxurious spaceliner, Icarus. Beautiful Lilac is constantly denying suitors who seem only to be after two things, her fame and her father's fortune. War hero Tarver Merendsen doesn't know who she is when he invites her to view the stars with him. When the Icarus suffers severe damage, it begins a disastrous decent out of hyperspace toward the nearest planet, and Lilac and Tarver find themselves in the same life pod. They soon realize they are the lone survivors on an eerie, uninhabited planet. Will rescuers be able to find them? More importantly, do they even want to be found? This first installment in a new series is a sci-fi thriller with a touch of Titanic, a hint of Romeo and Juliet, and a pinch of Lost. Readers Cynthia Holloway and Johnathan McClain give life to this story, making the listening experience enjoyable and exciting. This would be a great addition to any audiobook collection especially among fans of sci-fi romances.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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*Starred Review* As the passengers and crew of the Icarus cruise through hyperspace, spoiled and aloof rich-girl Lilac LaRoux drops a glove before war-hero Major Tarver Merendsen, only to rebuff him later. Yet during a horrifying accident, Lilac and Tarver escape the death-spiraling Icarus, eventually finding themselves stranded on a strange, terraformed, yet abandoned planet. Their prickly relationship continues because both realize they have no future together, even if they are rescued: Lilac is the daughter of the universe’s richest man, while Tarver is a lowly soldier. Together, they struggle to save their lives and maintain their sanity—despite disturbing whispers, strange appearances, and disappearances of things lost and treasured—and gradually, the dire circumstances break down the barriers between them. Though Kaufman and Spooner use the pair’s survival in an alien environment to propel the narrative, These Broken Stars is at its heart a love story. Voiced in alternate chapters, Lilac and Tarver are characters of depth, complexity, and strength, young people who alternately elicit the reader’s admiration, frustration, and sympathy. While the book is the first of a promised trilogy, it stands on its own as a testament to love, loyalty, courage, and the power of good over dystopian greed and perversity. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn

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Customer Reviews

Highly recommended to fans of young adult books, especially science fiction.
K. Eckert
The plot has a good dose of mystery and sci-fi and romance, all blended into an engaging story that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.
Orianna
The story is told in alternating chapters from Tarver's and Lilac's points of view.
Jennifer Donovan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I won a copy of this ARC from Disney Publishers, and I haven't gotten a chance to read it until now. What a mistake. This is by far my favorite YA read from 2013.

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.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amy @ The Reading Realm on November 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
To be honest this is one of the most difficult reviews I've had to write, because I don't know how describe the awesomeness that I just read. THIS BOOK IS EXCEPTIONAL!!!

THE STORY:
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!

THE CHARACTERS:
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PWDecker on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The first few chapters of this book introduce such an interesting world of space travel. It's told from two perspectives: a space industry heiress and a decorated war hero. I really liked these parallel points of view because often the characters say and do things counter to their actual thoughts and opinions.

I don't want to say too much about the book as to not spoil, but it was a great survival story. If you like The Original Series and The Next Generation Star Trek episodes, then you will enjoy this. The story is straight out of one if those episodes, just heavily expanded upon.

I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to sci-fi fans. I feel like it could be its own book, but apparently I hear it's part of a series. I look forward to finding out more about this galaxy. I give this book a 5/5.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy F. Gilman on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
So I saw this cover on Goodreads and Amazon this past spring or something, I know it was before I went to BEA because when I saw the cover again as book up for review I knew this was a must have. I don’t usually judge a book by its cover and, I am loathe to admit it but a pretty cover can grab my eye and stick in my mind. These Broken Stars has one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in a while. This book is more than just a pretty face it is also pitched as Titanic in space. With a pretty cover and a tag line like that who could resist picking up this book and giving it a whirl. Let me tell you, after finishing this book it does not disappoint. I am in love with this book. I want to shout from the rooftops about how much I love this book, pass it out all to my friends , and pretty much push it on anyone who loves books because this book is just that amazing.
The book is about Major Tarver Merendesen and Lilac LaRoux, one is a lowly solider and the other is the richest heiress in the entire galaxy. They meet on board the space ship Icarus while traveling. Icarus is supposed to the best of its kind and “unsinkable” but something goes wrong and the ship crashes killing 50,000 people save for two lone survivors. Tarver and Lilac are the only ones able to get their escape craft unlatched from Icarus in time to save themselves and find they are not only the lone survivors but there is no people on the planet they crash landed. Then the Titanic story takes a turn and becomes more like The Blue Lagoon. What happens when two castaways are stranded on an island, or inhabited planet, and are madly attracted to each other: romance of course.
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