By: Melanie | November 9, 2013 | (61) Comments

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 384
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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.

I’m rather surprised by These Broken Stars. Sure, I expected it to be downright amazing but I never knew that it could beΒ this amazing. Beautiful. Heart-warming. Gorgeous. Exquisite. Anymore synonyms for beautiful and hurry-up-and-read-this?

“She’s not looking at me and seeing a guy brought up on the wrong type of planet. She’s not seeing a soldier, or a war hero, or an uncultured lout who doesn’t understand how hard this is for her, or an idiot who knows nothing about the right kind of anything.
She just sees me.”

Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest man in the universe, she doesn’t get her hands dirty and only ever seems to worry about her appearance. Taver Merendsen is nothing compared to Lilac–he is a young war hero. Yet when aΒ  catastrophe strikes and Lilac and Tarver seem to be the only survivors that crashed onto a planet they’ve never set foot on before. From there on, they need to learn to trust each other and fight against seemingly unlikely antagonists they would have first believed. The journey for help never seemed so long until now.

I did not like Lilac at all in the beginning of These Broken Stars, she’s a little typical and oblivious, hidden in her cocoon of wealth. Nevertheless soon later we discover more about Lilac’s past and her rich family. We see her in her darkest moments on the planet. We see her slowly learn some survival skills. We see her fall in love with Tarver. And then, without knowing it, we begin to love Lilac’s character. She’s running in the rain–something she never had seen before–in a big fancy dress, running away from the madness that whispers in her brain. In many ways, Lilac is a strong protagonist, just not exactly the same way we perceived in other science-fiction novels. But above all, I loved Tarver the most. He does have a little bit of snark up his sleeve but he knows what to say out loud and what to keep in his brain. Tarver’s charisma is careful, loving and selfless. Plus, he knows how to survive in all types of terrain and how to escape from several wild predators. A gentleman and wildman mixed together if you think about it…

Even though These Broken Stars is a science-fiction novel, it is more prominently a love story with two people from two people with completely different pasts. A little bit typical but the setting and way it was developed was truly magnificent and swoon-worthy. If romance has never been your cup of tea, I still believe this could work out nicely. Lilac and Tarver need to learn to rely and help each other, trust and look out for each other. There’s a little hesitition from both the two to coperate but slowly, Lilac and Tarver begin to realise that they’d be totally dead if they didn’t have one and another. They are both survivalists, just in their own ways.

Another key point to why These Broken Stars was so different to every other science-fiction love story out there: the writing. I have never ever ever read such beautiful sentences. It has a unique vibe about it, I cannot exactly what vibes it gave me but there was a hint of a fairytale-ness in there. Which worked easelessly. Also, those interrogation chapters were the best. They were short, a little confusing but we get to understand more of what’s happening the further we go into the story.

Cleverly written and a beautifully drawn story, with even better characters, These Broken Stars is one for everyone to try out. An almost flawless read.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~


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61 Responses to Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. Lovely review, Melanie! This is one book that everyone’s absolutely excited about because duuhhhh THAT BEAUTIFUL COVER <3 <3 <3 It's even more fantastic to hear that what's inside is just eloquent and amazing! I'm not much of a sci-fi reader truthfully, but I definitely won't pass this one up. I like that even though you didn't enjoy lilac's character from the start, you gradually loved her. And I'm so excited to read about Tarver since he is clearly a great guy! Romance is totally my cup of tea so I have no doubts I'll enjoy this marvellous book! πŸ˜€
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  2. Haraiah says:

    I’m dying to read this book! These Broken Stars is one of my most awaited this year so I’m really glad to hear you loved it. I’m a big sci-fi fan but even so, I’m all for a great romance read as well.
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  3. Awww, I want to read this one now. It sounds so good. You make it sound good. That cover! Gah, so enticing.
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  4. Amelia says:

    Ooh what a gorgeous cover! “Even though These Broken Stars is a science-fiction novel, it is more prominently a love story with two people from two people with completely different pasts” <– Strangely, I am really liking the idea of this. It seems like it could work really nicely in a sci-fi world. Lovely review, Mel πŸ™‚

  5. Emily says:

    OMGGGG. This looks like it’s THE read!!
    I was first drawn to this one because of it’s beautiful beautiful cover, just like Hazel!! But now that you pointed it out, it sounds like the story is devastatingly gorgeous as well! πŸ™‚
    I’ll definitely be picking this one up… along with a lot of other books πŸ˜‰
    Fantastic review as always, Mel!! <3
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  6. Lexa Cain says:

    Funny thing, I wasn’t too enthused with either the cover (she’s being born from a fabric-shop gone wild??) or the blurb, but your review now has me excited by the book! I want this book — like NOW!! Great review. πŸ™‚
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  7. I’ve been putting off buying These Broken Stars because I feared it would just be one of those doomed cover buys, because that cover is just gorgeous, however, your review’s made me think twice. It seems it’s not just a pretty face, and I really need to get my hands on a copy as soon as possible. Great review! πŸ™‚

  8. glass says:

    I’m undecided when it comes to this book – it’s not that I think it will be bad, but it looks like kind of YA paranormal story that is more appealing for younger readers. But I think I’ll give it a try.
    Great review.
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  9. Shelly says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for such a long time! I’m glad to see that you really enjoyed it! The writing style seems really unique and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in a sci-fi novel. Also, thanks for warning me about the main character at the beginning because I would have probably hated her so much unless I knew she would develop later in the book. Also, Tarver definitely sounds swoon-worthy. I definitely need to check this one out. Great review! <33
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  10. Tiffany says:

    Beth Revis mentioned These Broken Stars on her tumblr a while ago and I rushed to find a copy only to realize it has yet to be released. I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

  11. Chenise Jones says:

    Love that it’s a cross between science fiction and romance. If they can blend these two genres well, without it coming across as cheesy (which tends to happen too often), I’ll be absolutely overjoyed! Can’t wait!

  12. Rachel says:

    I have a copy of this and so I’m excited to see you loved it, Melanie! I love survivalist stories and if there’s wonderful romance, all the better. Wonderful review and so nice of you to do a giveaway! πŸ™‚
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  13. Melanie, I only read your first paragraph since I will be reviewing this for December, but you have me sooo excited. So glad this was more than amazing for you.
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  14. Celine says:

    I had to skim your review because I plan on reading this, but I’m sure it’s lovely as always! I’m glad you liked it, though. I’m so excited for this one, and the reviews have been raving!

    It’s also lovely that you’re hosting a giveaway. Thanks, hun! <3
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  15. It sounds freaking amazing, I’m definitely excited to pick it up now! I love how it’s a sci-fi novel but it has that fairy tale romance quality to it. Excellent review Mel!
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  16. Ella says:

    Oh man, I rally want to read this!! I know if you loved it, I’ll probably love it too, as we seem to have the same tastes!
    Thanks for the great review and making the giveaway international! πŸ™‚

  17. I’ll be reading this later in the week and I am very excited. I’m kind of a beginner at sci-fi and space stories, but I am in the mood for a good romance. Great review!
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  18. I LOVE this book! OMG so much! <3 the review
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  19. Kate Bond says:


    I agree with you on most of this stuff, although I liked Lilac quite a bit from the very beginning.

    And the writing! Oh my God, the writing! And those interstitial bits of Tarver’s interview!
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  20. Kiersten says:

    Ever since I saw this cover a few months ago I’ve been dying to read this book. After reading your review, I’m even more anxious to read it! Hopefully I’ll be able to read this during Christmas break!
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  21. Vivien says:

    So bloody glad you enjoyed this one! I cannot wait for even more from this duo. This series is sure to be a hit πŸ˜€

  22. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I’ve wanted this book for sooooo long, it feels like I’ve been waiting for it to be published forever! Thanks for the review, I’m glad you liked it. I just know I’m going to love it.
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  23. Yes, I agree completely! I loved this one too and was so impressed by the world-building and character growth of these two protagonists. I became so invested in their slow-burn romance as well, but the ending was so very perfect. I am so excited for the companion novel next year – I can’t wait! πŸ™‚
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  24. I love books with a beautiful writing-style! And this concept sounds great πŸ˜€
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  25. Lacy says:

    I do think this concept sounds intriguing and this review is great! Very curious to check it out after reading this.

  26. I have this for review and I originally grabbed it because I was intrigued by the whole Titanic in space theme but I am happy to hear it is more than a gorgeous cover. I am such a sucker for beautiful writing so I can’t wait to dig in!
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  27. Zoe N. says:

    Brilliant review Melanie! I loved These Broken Stars too – like you said, the writing was gorgeous, and the writing was breathtaking! Can’t wait for December! πŸ˜‰
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  28. I didn’t like Lilac at firts either, but I knew part of it must be her father’s fault so I was patient. I didn’t like Tarver sometimes either, but it was all done to make their relationship more realistic. In the end, that was my favorite part of the book, they didn’t just swoon over each other from the start, but it all had sort of a natural progression.
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  29. Nara says:

    I didn’t particularly like Lilac at first either! She just seemed really superficial and I dunno, a bit boring? But after the crash she was definitely a heck of a lot more likeable. And I agree, this book is classed as science fiction, but it’s definitely more of a romance that just happens to be set in space haha.
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  30. Ohhh, I love your review, Mel! I totally agree, this book could work for a lot of people who don’t normally enjoy scifi or don’t normally enjoy romance, either. So well written and developed, I’m glad to see you’re a fellow fan. <3
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  31. I just started reading this yesterday. I think thats going to be expected that we aren’t to like Lilac right at the beginning so much. I can’t wait ti finish it!
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  32. I’m very much excited for this book. The beautiful cover speaks volume to the waiting awesomeness inside this book. Your review makes me want to read it as soon. πŸ™‚

  33. Kyla says:

    Thanks for the great review, I’d been a little wary before because the cover is kinda cheesy…

  34. Catherine Siborutorop says:

    Great Review!

    I loved the cover of These Broken Stars, and I thought it was captivating in somehow. I cannot wait to read the book. And since the story took place in outer place, it took my attention. I always love everything about stars, outer planets, and such things.

  35. Stephanie B says:

    A gentleman and a wildman mixed together? Geeze, Mel, can you make him sound and hotter? Wonderful review!
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  36. Sara says:

    I really wanted this book when it was a giveaway on Goodreads but unfortunately I
    didn’t win it so now I have another chance! Thanks οΌšοΌ‰

  37. Mandy Earles says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
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  38. Paula Aguilar says:

    I’d really like to read this book!! The cover looks amazing and it seems very interesting

  39. Alexandra says:

    I love the cover! I’m really excited to read this! I’ve seen it on a lot of blogs lately. πŸ™‚

  40. You had me at (to summarise) boy meets girl on spaceship… Can’t wait to sink into it!
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  41. Divya says:

    The cover for the book is absolutely gorgeous!

  42. Anj says:

    Wow that was a great review! It made me want to read the book now. I love science fiction and YA books so i’ll give this a try. Plus, the story sounds so beautiful and i love the cover. <3

  43. Angel Reads says:

    I can’t wait to see my hands on this books. I also can’t wait for the book launch here in Melbourne
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  44. Michelle says:

    Looking forward to reading this book with my daughter!

  45. Nicole says:

    I was already looking forward to reading this book but even more so after reading your review. If the writing is truly as beautiful as you say, I am sure I will love it. Who doesn’t love a boy with a little snark too. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
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  46. Ashfa says:

    I’m dying to find out about the ending everyone keeps gushing about. Love the sound of this book and and I cant help staring at the cover, it’s perfect!

  47. Katie says:

    I am SOOOOOOOO excited for this book!!!!! Crossing my fingers that I win a copy!!

  48. Ariel says:

    I am super excited for this book to come out! First of all I love the cover, it’s so pretty. And second the premise looks amazing. A sci-fi romance novel? Yes please. But really, the blurb and your review makes me even more excited for it!

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  50. Diana says:

    This book look AMAZING! I can’t wait to read it. πŸ˜€
    Lovin’ the cover.

  51. _Sandra_ says:

    This book not only looks, but sounds amazing as well! And now that I’ve read your review, I want it even more, so thanks for a chance to win it! πŸ™‚

  52. Elodie says:

    So glad you loved this book that much, your review is actually the first I’ve read on this book and it makes me really excited about it, I really can’t wait to read it myself !!!
    The cover looks stunning and I adore when science fiction is combined with a great romance !! Thank you so much for the amazing review and the awesome giveaway !! I’m a new follower by the way πŸ™‚

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  54. Antonia says:

    Everyone seems to be loving this one, so I am looking forward to reading it!!

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  61. KayCee K. says:

    Great review! I’ve only have hear good things about this book and really want to read it. The library where I live doesn’t have it (or anything really). I always enjoy stories like this glad to see that there are so many others who like this kind of stories to. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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