Format: Hardcover, 374 pages.
Source: Birthday Gift.
Goodreads 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.
Thoughts: Before you freak out saying this book came out last year and question why I’m just now getting around to reviewing These Broken Stars, hear me out. I received this book as a Birthday gift early in the year and was super excited to read it. Many of my friends were already gushing about this one and I was all for it. Unfortunately, I got about sixty pages in and ending up moving onto something else. It’s not that the story was “bad,” I just found the beginning to be slow and at times predictable. You might of already heard this but reviewers, including myself saw major similarities at the beginning to Titanic. I will agree that the first couple of chapters seemed like an intergalactic version of the widely popular movie, but that doesn’t last for long.
After I finally got around to finishing this book, I was presently surprised. Co-Authors, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have created a survival based story that captured my attention after the first few chapters. The characters themselves are armed with their own unique personalities that keep each other balanced throughout the novel. As the reader, it’s easy to see Lilac and Tarver’s character development as the story continues. The trials they face help strengthen their personal bond and through dual point of view we get more information about both characters.
“And there it is, against all hope, like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The smallest hint of a smile.”
Overall, the writing is beautiful and the story is captivating. If you can get through that first bit, it’s a fantastic Sci-Fi novel that will leave you wanting much more.