These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I18284908t’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.

‘These Broken Stars’ which has been labeled as “Titanic in space” is anything but though incredibly written, well paced and mind blowing. A sweeping love story, ‘These Broken Stars” is a story about hope and survival against all odds.

On a night like any other on board the Icarus, Lilac LaRoux the richest girl in the universe meets Tarver Merendsen, a cynical war hero. Then, catastrophe strikes and the Icarus is sent plummeting from hyperspace into the nearest unknown planet. Lilac and Tarver are the only survivors. With only each other, Lilac and Tarver must overcome their prejudices and work together, travelling across the eerie and seemingly deserted terrain in search of a way home. But as Lilac and Tarver’s feelings grow and with no hope of a future together back home, they face a hard decision: should they make a new life on this planet together? Everything changes when they uncover the frightening truth behind the eerie whispers that plague their dreams and seem to haunt their every move. They need to find a way off this planet. But will they be the same people who landed on it?

Lilac and Tarver’s story is original and gripping, very unlike any other survival story I’ve read before and now one of my favorite books. I fell completely in love with both of our character’s and was so fully invested in their journey – I practically devoured this book, staying up all hours needed to decipher these “whispers” that haunt them. The characters were so incredibly well developed during the entirety of their journey which I loved, they both challenged each other and grow as two stubborn individuals to becoming a well working team. The romance aspect wasn’t too heavy and drove the plot on, it was slow building and I loved every single moment of it. Another aspect which was executed exceptionally well was the word building. Amie and Megan did such a great job of constructing the social structure and the planet itself. I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series will take us as I feel there is so much more to be explored.

‘These Broken Stars’ is such a great read spanning across so many more genres than just science fiction. It’s adventure, survival, romance, paranormal and fantasy – I highly recommend this book, five shinning stars.




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