Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Book Review | These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


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.

Pages: 374 | Format: Audible Audiobook|  Rating: 8/10| Goodreads | Amazon

I decided to read this book for two reasons. The first was that the story sounded really interesting, and the second it because after reading the Sky Chasers and Across the Universe books, I was looking for a good YA sci-fi book. This one is great. Though for me it doesn't reach the level of either of the aforementioned books, I am intrigued by the world created in this novel, and I'm definitely interested in continuing the series.
Tarver and Lilac were an irresistible couple. The back and forth between them was amazing, and I really liked the pace at which the relationship developed. It didn't feel rushed, or too slow, or forced. It was just natural and brilliant.
They were both such great characters, with interesting and rich backstories that got explored as they got to know each other. I also loved the dual narration in this book. I'm a huge fan of dual narration, and for this book it was perfect. The blending of the two narratives was done really well.
I also loved the insertion of the interrogation of Tarver. I thought that definitely added to the book.
As far as negatives go, what I'll say is that in places, not many, but enough for me to mark it down from a 10, I found the book a little slow. I was hoping for edge of my seat stuff, and there were a lot of moments like that, but for me this isn't the kind of book that kept me flipping pages (or in this case listening). Sometimes I wouldn't even finish a chapter before putting it down again, but when I picked it back up and finished it, I did really enjoy the story. It's just that on a few occasions I found it a little slow.
Overall this is a great book, and I'm looking forward to continuing the series to see where this story will go next.

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