These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Published: December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi & Fantasy.
Source: Purchased form Amazon
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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading as of late. The reason for this is because I’ve been in this state of not knowing what I’m in the mood to read. So with that in mind and with the release of the final book in this series getting closer I thought I’d re-visit this wonderful world.
At first glance what drew me to the book was the gorgeous cover, which completely captures the essence of the book. I was also intrigued by the Titanic-esque feel the summary gave me. However, this Titanic-like vibe is only present for about 4 chapters because you’re then being thrown into an isolated world, which is both mysterious and haunting.
Getting into the book and to find the story being told from both Tarver and Lilac’s point of view immediately gave the book a few brownie points. I always love dual narratives as it provides an opportunity to understand the motives, drives and emotion of each character. Both Tarver and Lilac have such a distinct, unique voice which delves into the vulnerability and complexity of the characters. I can definitely say that the strongest part of the book was the character development, especially with regards to Lilac as she discovers her sense of self and her strength. She really comes into her own by the end of this book, which is highlighted in the way stands up to her father at the end. Tarver is equally as fascinating as he presents himself as a typical solder but underneath he has, as Lilac comments, a soft, poetic nature to him. His development stems from the way his trust in Lilac strengthens as the stereotypes he associates with her and her social status diminishes.
The development of their relationship is another aspect I loved. These two are a perfect balance for each other. The development of the relationship felt natural and genuine and with the character growth the two of them became equals in their relationship. There is no way anyone can doubt the level of affection they have for each other and the extent to which they would go to protect each other.
The world building was completely captivating and I loved the contrast between the bustling activity of the ship and the isolation of the uninhabited planet which heightens the creepy, haunting atmosphere of this desolate location.
There are a few plot twist that completely threw me the first time I read it. I did not see it coming. Honestly I applaud them for following through on that cause not only was it emotionally grueling but it also solidified the connection between Tarver and Lilac. The second time around was just as emotional and in some ways had an even greater impact on me.
My only criticism when I first read the book was that some aspects regarding ‘The Whispers’ and the Rift became quite confusing and I felt that a lot of questions had been left unanswered by the end. However, the second time round I wasn’t as confused because a lot of the questions I had regarding the ‘Whispers’ had been explored in the second book.
Overall, this book is beautifully captivating and haunting with a beautiful romance, a bit of mystery and wonderful character development.