These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Book One of the Starbound series
Published on December 10, 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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I alternated between reading this as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite and listening to the audiobook on the Scribd app.
“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful of broken stars half lost in uncharted space.” Location 4502, ebook
A renowned war hero and the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy are shipwrecked in a seemingly uninhabited planet and must rely on each other for survival.
For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.
In January 2014, there was interest in making a television show based on the Starbound series. There has been no updated information since. (Source)
Okay, I’ll admit, the cover of this book caught my eye. Without knowing anything about the plot, I wanted to read this book. So much for never a judging a book by its cover, huh?
But maybe there was some truth in the cover, because I actually enjoyed this book! I loved Lilac and Tarver’s meet-cute. I don’t know if it was because it was on a “ship” (they were on ship that traveled through space) or because of the whole social status thing but they reminded me so much of Jack and Rose in Titanic. And who doesn’t love that 90s classic?!
However, Lilac got annoying real quick. The whole “I can’t be seen with a guy because of my dad” got really tiring. Yeah, she explained it much later on but unfortunately for her, every time she said it as an excuse beforehand (i.e. putting importance to it when the ship crashed) just made me think she was immature and couldn’t grasp the gravity of the situation. Which, in fairness, she didn’t.
15% into the book, I was getting a little bored because I thought I had it all figured out. I mean, I had read enough YA to venture a guess on how this would end. But then the Whispers happened and I didn’t quite understand it at first. And then I was like, okay, hell yeah this is luring me back in!
Once it hit 50%, this book really picked up. Lilac started to grow before my eyes–I saw her less as an entitled rich girl and more of a brave heroine. I loved how Kaufman and Spooner explored Tarver and Lilac’s feelings each other and the depth of those emotions. I felt their happiness and their pain. This definitely wasn’t one of those “love at first sight” or unrealistic love stories–the character development was top-notch.
Perhaps it was because the book primarily consisted of two characters stranded in an empty planet, but I felt like the authors did not provide enough of a backdrop to allow readers to really know the world they were reading. There were mentions of the world Tarver and Lilac grew up in but definitely not enough world-building needed for a sci-fi book to be considered amazing to me.
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
If I had to rate the first 10% of the book and the last 50%, I would have given it a 4.5. But 40% of the book, I did not enjoy so much and I felt like that was a big enough percentage. Also, despite being the first book of the series, this read more like a prequel because of the ending. I wanted more. A bigger confrontation. A better explanation.
Maybe I have to read This Shattered World to get it.
Amie Kaufman, a resident of Melbourne, Australia, and Meagan Spooner, a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, met online through mutual fandoms. They began writing together in 2006 and the rest was history! (source)