Thursday, December 26, 2013

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner - Paul's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Disney Hyperion on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
Date of Publication: December 10th, 2013

My These Broken Stars PRE-READING

Synopsis: 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.


A timeless love story, These Broken Stars sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


Review: 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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