Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: (Starbound #1)
Published: December 10th 2013 by
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.
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.
Review: Once again I’m in this very awkward position. I expected to love this book. I want to join the happy crowd. It looked super nice to be there. I think I’d prepared myself to be part of it, only to get my expectations hammered down. Now, this is not to say that I don’t like it. I liked it enough. Liked it enough that I enjoyed bits that I think were enjoyable to me. Liked it enough that I forced myself to make a feast on the love story even though it didn’t compel me to root for them. But granted that I hoped for the best being ‘liked it enough’ still will not suffice.
Star-crossed lovers story, dubbed by many as “Titanic in Space,” I’m not sure where did that play in here but all I saw was survival of two people with different background and how they cope with the dire situation ahead of them. And in between all of it they managed to fall in love. Lilac LaRoux is an heiress, daughter of the wealthiest man in the galaxy. Tarver Merendsen is a soldier with a prestige of his own. They are worlds apart, but an accident occurred on their vessel leaving them all to their selves in an unknown place. And they only have each other to rely in order to survive.
Originality and ingenuity are what made this book stands out from the pack. And I know when to applaud when I see potential. I think it nailed those aspects greatly and incorporated nicely to the plot. I guess the problem was it wasn’t entirely working for me. And since it didn’t successfully mesh well with me that made it a little lackluster.
The cover did represent the story quite on mark, although one is to hope that is more on romance than survival. What happened really is that more of the latter and a bit boring of the former. At first, I really like their polar opposite attitude and indifference towards each other. It made their dynamic rather interesting to me. Of course, I’d predicted that since they were secluded in unfamiliar place with only just each other, development—romantically speaking, is inevitable. But once they were in that stage, it kinda lost the spark it had at the beginning. There were also things that I found funny as it is impossible but those were just my minor complaints. I guess it all goes back to me since I’m banking more on the romance rather than…other things? And it looked like it was more of those instead.
Regardless, there’s no denying that These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner is a beautifully written story. I just didn’t end up becoming one of its fans for the reason I stated above. It just, things like this happened, as awkward as it is. So I’ll leave it to you good peeps while I’ll go, curl up in the corner mending my broken heart while simultaneously fixing my crushed expectations (that were beyond repair).
Preview Quote: “I was a prisoner in my own body, feeling the impulse to reach out, to touch, to love, but unable to act on it. Now it’s like I’m an echo, inhabiting nothing more than a statue.”