These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


13138635It’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.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


I had to read These Broken Stars for this months Secret Readers. Check out my review below:


These Broken Stars starts out really good. The characters are all on this ship in space and it just has a very sci-fi type of feel to it. As it progressed, though, the story started to tank and get really weird. I thought that the shipwreck was very rushed. While I loved it while they were in space, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of time to really connect with the characters before they were crashing to the ground.

The best way to explain this book is to connect it to the final Harry Potter book. Do you remember those couple hundred pages where Hermione, Ron, and Harry were in the woods doing absolutely nothing? That’s pretty much what it felt like while reading this book. Lilac and Tarver pretty much did the same thing over and over. Hike, eat, sleep, whine. That’s really all they did for about 200 pages. I was trying to push through it. I think that I read like 150 pages, and then I read most of the next 100 pages but with a little skimming. The last 100 pages I didn’t even read. I literally just skimmed the rest of the way to see what happened. It was really painful.

What I hated about this book was that it was so freaking repetitive. I’m not talking about what I said in the paragraph above. No. Literally, there would be paragraphs like every other page that just happened. They weren’t worded the same, but it was like 2 pages before Lilac would be whining about something, and then 2 pages later it would be the same damn thing. That happened a million times with several different things. I ended up skimming a lot because of those paragraphs. I already read it. Why should I have to read the same thing again? No, thank you.

Tarver and Lilac’s relationship was very…..awkward. I felt that for most of the book they disliked each other with some mild flirting thrown in. And then all of a sudden, BAM!, they were professing their love for each other and having sex in caves. It felt very rushed. I would have liked to see more chemistry between the two of them. I wasn’t very invested in their relationship.

The last 150 pages of this book are straight up weird. There are a lot of twists and turns. Some weird shit happens. I didn’t care for it. I don’t know how to really explain it without giving away any spoilers, so I’ll just end it there.

I will say that the writing was really good, and I DID like the characters individually. That alone made it very hard for me not to finish the book….but I just didn’t get it. Not only that, but I didn’t really understand why this was a sci fi book. Yes, it’s in space. Yes, there’s technology and what not. But most of this book is NOT sci fi. Most of it is straight up boring Harry Potter wood scene contemporary. It just wasn’t for me.

It’s hard for me to recommend this book. If you’re a big contemporary lover, then maybe you will enjoy this one? There’s not much else I can say, though.


Pages: 384

Publication Date:  December 10th 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: N/A due to DNF