Starbound #1: These Broken Stars – by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Below is a summary from Goodreads:

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 to 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 in this place 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.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

This book had only sat on my shelf for a couple of weeks and I’d also bought the second book in The Starbound Trilogy before picking this up. It was a good thing I did though.

I think both Lilac and Tarver were my favourite characters within this book. Lilac because you could see how she transformed from a pretty party girl who’s known throughout the universe into who she had become when the book finished. However I also loved Tarver as he had been through so much before he met Lilac plus he then had to trek across a planet with a party girl in tow with an approaching deadline.

My least favourite character, however, was Lilac’s father: Roderic LaRoux. Once I’d found out what’d he’d done I was none too impressed. Now that I think about it, technically he’s the one that made his daughter crash land on the planet — he should tahnk Simon for teaching her about electronics or else she’d be dead (along with Tarver but I doubt that Mr LaRoux would have cared about him too much).

There was no part in this book that I would count as my favourite as it was amazing all round. From the planet’s description to the pair of opposite characters only to find out that deep down, maybe their not quite so opposite to each other after all.

I can’t find any fault with this book in my mind. Wow. Just, wow… This book was amazing. You should definitely go check it out.

Rating: 5/5

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