Thursday, April 2, 2015
Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, Book 1
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published Date: 1 December 2013
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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 to 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 in this place 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.
The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds. (summary from Goodreads)
These Broken Stars is an unexpected surprise from start to finish. It's a strong story, with depth and thrills, and the same can be said for its characters. You're invested in Lilac and Tarver, and their journey, from page one.
Kaufman and Spooner's world building and descriptive prose is magnificent. I loved the changing points of view and the flash forwards to Tarver's questioning. Everything is so distinct. They bring everything to life in your imagination and it's enthralling. I must say, I was expecting an easy and light read when I started These Broken Stars, a simple forbidden romance with some action along the way. And yes, it is this, in a way. But it's so much more as well. Kaufman and Spooner really know how to create tension. The suspense of the action, the unknown world, the secrets, the interrogation, of Lilac and Tarver's survival - even the romantic tension between them - it just bleeds off of the page. I think you have a winner when there's just so much to take in; you feel like there's heaps but you just want more and more, and then you devour it quicker then you thought you could. It's just that good. These Broken Stars is such a book. It is only the first in a series though, so many things are simply touched upon here, ready to be developed further in the next book. I can't wait.
I'm especially enamoured with the fact that the new book brings new characters and a new romance, all connected. I love romance, but sometimes I can't help but find myself a little over it. Not the case here! Lilac and Tarver's relationship burns. It starts with sparks and slowly builds to an unstoppable flame. I love it. They're both such captivating characters; so much more than initially meets the eye. I look forward to reading more of them, but at the same time I'm eagerly anticipating the new romance. If they're anything like Lilac and Tarver, I may just combust!
These Broken Stars is, frankly, stunning. A fantastic science fiction novel that should not be missed.