Book Review: THESE BROKEN STARS

these broken stars coverAuthors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Number of Pages: 374

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: December 10, 2013

“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.”

– Goodreads.com

I first imagined this book to be a sort of “Titanic in space”- and while that was true at first, I don’t think that’s an accurate comparison. This novel is a story of survival, suspense, science, romance, and the gap between the elite and the lower social classes. It’s so much more than that three word phrase can encompass.

For the majority of this book, Tarver and Lilac are the only characters present. I mean this literally, since they are the only people on the planet where the ship crashes. At first I thought this would make the book really boring, considering there’s only so much that can happen between two characters. BUT BOY, WAS I WRONG. The fact that there were only two characters meant that the potential for immense character development was possible, and the authors took full advantage of this opportunity. The Lilac and Tarver of the beginning of the story would hardly recognize the Lilac and Tarver of the end of the story if they ever were to meet. The character development happened gradually over the course of the novel and at what I thought was a realistic pace given their unusual situation. It also helped that the story was told from both of their perspectives through alternating chapters. I loved watching their relationship transform from mere acquaintances to basically soul mates. The chemistry between them felt real and not forced,  and personally I think they were perfect for each other.

A major positive aspect of These Broken Stars is that it’s not your average young adult science fiction novel. The lack of a multitude of characters for a large portion of the story meant that it wasn’t a confusing whirlwind of constant action, like so many other books in this genre that I have read. It was a survival story more than anything else, and the characters became the focal point rather than grand events and plot twists. That’s not to say that there weren’t any plot twists (because there were) or action (because there was), but as a reader I found myself caring more about the welfare of the characters than anything else.

With that being said, I did enjoy the scientific and supernatural elements of this book as well. Because of the perspective this book was written from I felt as though I was learning everything along with the characters. This helped make me feel more involved in the story.

Overall, this was a great book! My only complaints were that it was slow at times (particularly in the beginning) and that there were some twists that I suppose were meant to be surprising, but were actually quite predictable. Other than those two things, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Definitely, especially a friend who likes Doctor Who or Star Trek.

Have you ever read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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