Thrilling, suspenseful and awe-inspiring… These Broken Stars is the first fantastic book in The Starbound Trilogy, written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
On board the Icarus, life is grand. The rich aboard live a life of luxury; sipping cocktails and attending parties while the ship orbits the universe. Life for those on board couldn’t be better. Until one night the unthinkable happens: the spaceliner is abruptly pulled from hyperspace and crashes into the nearest planet. No one survives except Lilac LaRoax, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Tarver Merendsen, a young war hero.
Stranded on a mysterious and deserted planet, Lilac and Tarver, who appear to have nothing in common, must learn to trust one another in order to survive. The pair treks across the planet in search of either someone or something that can help them send out a call for help. But then Lilac and Tarver begin to feel like tragedy that drew them together was more of a blessing. It’s unlikely that the two of them would be able to have a life together in their own world. They begin to wonder – would they be better off to live a life together on this new planet? Or is whatever’s lurking in the shadows enough to make them choose to escape the planet and return to their old lives?
I absolutely loved reading this book. I’ve always been sceptical about reading any sci-fi books because I hate to be disappointed when things don’t seem realistic. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. I was glued to the book from the very beginning and I was engrossed in both the worlds of the Icarus and the planet Lilac and Tarver crash-land on. The world building was fantastic and I felt like I was standing either aboard the Icarus or standing on alien soil along with the pair. I could picture everything so clearly and I felt like I really was there, it felt so realistic. It was beautifully written and I loved the descriptions.
The thing I love the most about this book is the two characters: Lilac and Tarver. Usually when a book revolves around only a couple of people and there isn’t really anyone else in the story, things get a bit dull. But this wasn’t the case in this book. I was really surprised that I never got sick of the pair and how I was always interested in what they had to say. This book was written from two points of view – Tarver’s and Lilac’s. The chapters alternated from each of their point of view. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t. In this book, it definitely worked. I loved reading about what both Lilac and Tarver were thinking and I really liked reading from both points of view.
At the beginning of the book, Lilac was a typical rich society girl. She was overprotected by her father and grew up expecting everything to be perfect and to get whatever she wanted all the time. Even though I found Lilac infuriating and a little irritating at first, as the book progressed, I came to like her more. Even though she acted like a bitchy princess and I wanted to hit her at times, she was undeniably smart and could learn to deal with the situation she’s in. She would trek through the forest in her dress and high heels for the sake of pride (and because she was stubborn), but even when she was in pain, she’d never complain or shed a tear, which is something I really admired about her. However, unlike Lilac, I loved Tarver immediately. He is a soldier returned from war as a hero for a brave act, and now he’s an honored guest upon the Icarus. He and Lilac start off as enemies, but they soon come together and learn that they’ll have to trust each other in order to survive everything. I loved how their trust turned into friendship, and then something more. It was a really well-written love between them and I loved reading about their feelings towards each other. Their romance was really sweet and when the plot was a little slow at times, I was always interested in what was happening between them.
The only thing that I can fault about this book is how it doesn’t tell me anything about the background and history of everything. I wanted to know more about why the society is class-segregated and I would have liked to know more of the futuristic technology. At times I found the plot a little slow, but that never meant I was bored because I loved the growing attraction between Lilac and Tarver. Overall, I loved reading These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!