“These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman & Meghan Spooner

Quick Statistics

  • “These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman & Meghan Spooner
  • Young Adult Science Fiction
  • Listened to the audiobook
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished reading on 6/26/17

Official Synopsis

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

My Thoughts/Summary

So listen, I’ve realized that I really really love space. I love books that take place in space, I love planets, I love stars, I love love love space. I grew up wanting to be Zenon. After I finished Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I dove right into Kaufman’s other series. Seriously, they’re that good. I got this one on audiobook, and went in blind again and was blown away.

I’ve never been a huge sci fi fan, but I’m starting to think that maybe it’s because I haven’t been exposed to much of it. I like well done space ships and world building with lots of character development. I like books that explore topics that you don’t expect a book of that genre to explore, and I’ve found that in many space books lately. This one however, is over all, a romance book. I really enjoyed that the audio book had multiple narrators, one for Tarver and one for Lilac, and it successfully avoided one of my huge pet peeves: the princess girl throws herself all over the guy and does anything so he’ll help her survive. Lilac is a strong girl, with determination to show that she is more than just a princess, and she does so, in so many ways.

I love how Kaufman and Spooner write their characters, and I vaguely remember hearing that one of the things Kaufman does with co-authors is they try to switch and see “Would this be weird if a character of the other sex did this?” in an attempt to avoid those cliches. I don’t want to spoil too much of this book, and I feel like going in just knowing it was about space was the perfect thing to know. I would highly recommend this book, and I can’t wait to dive into the second.

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