Title: These Broken Stars
Series: Starbound #1
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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.
“Until all that’s left is us.“
Imagine being in a spaceship called Icarus flying close to the sun and plummeting to the ground… Except there were originally a total of 50,000 people on board and only two survived, Lilac and Tarver. I couldn’t imagine being the one to survive and seeing the ship fall slowly through the sky and knowing that all my friends and everyone on board would not have survived, as the unthinkable happened and the ship crashed to the ground, my heart would have broken.
From the first moment you meet Major Tarver Merednsen, you’ll instantly like him. He was like a fish out water at the high society soirée while on board the Icarus, but the way he handled himself showed that not only was he a good soldier, but also a good person. On the planet, he was in his element as he moved through the jungle like he had been there before, moving with grace and stealth through the different terrains they came across.
I met Lilac LaRoux at the same function and it took a bit more time to warm up to the poor little rich girl. Although, she was very much in her element on board the Icarus, on the planet, she was lost but eventually showed her strength. She grew so much and became the person she was meant to be.
I loved the character development that allowed the characters to grow into the people that they should be.
After the crash when there was only the two of them left on the planet, I saw the true characters of the both of them coming through. Most of the action was on the planet so you won’t get to know any of the other characters as much. Despite the majority of the characters appearing only once, they were so well crafted that I mourned when the ship crashed. My favorite was the colonist who tried to plead with Lilac. In just those few lines he had, I got to know him, liked him, and mourned his passing. Can you imagine how much more attached you will become to Lilac and Tarver?
The excellent writing draws you in and keeps you. It never falters and I couldn’t put the book down. The point of view switched every chapter between the two main characters but it was flawlessly done and was perfect for this story, for this is their story, not one or the other, but the both of them.
There were plot twists that I didn’t see coming but kept me entranced to the very end and I would highly recommend this book.
I will leave you with the final line of the book that for me says it all.
“Until all that’s left is us.”
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