Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: These Broken Stars By: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
The writing, the world making, the imagery, the tender love story.... *sigh* epic...

An incredibly original scifi YA book. This sweet tender story reaches to the depth of your soul and plays a sonnet on your heart strings. This was a WONDERFUL book! It wasn't drenched in teenage hormones, it wasn't overly dramatic that you roll your eyes at the characters, this story is about survival and finding the grounds to stand on when the time calls for it, it's about character and what your true character is when revealed through the choices that you make, the promises you keep, the clarity of your convictions, and where your heart and morals stand. It's about reaching beyond yourself to find what is right, at the right time and with the right person.

I loved this story.

Lilac is the wealthiest girl in the universe and her overbearing father keeps her all to himself to the point that people are afraid to even speak with her for fear of the repercussions from her father. Lilac lives a lonely, sheltered life surrounded by anything and everything you could want except real friends and she accepts that and expects that because after losing her mother her father doesn't want anybody to have Lilac except himself.

Tarver and young war hero is from the "wrong side of the tracks" regardless of his medals and all he has done he is still a soldier who was brought up poor. According to the rich he is just a handsome face with some medals on his uniform and he knows his place among them. When he spots a beautiful girl at a party he talks to her without knowing with whom he was talking to.

In order to "protect" Tarver, Lilac is rude and shoves him away with her words. When they are the only remaining survivors they have to work together in order to survive. And it is through everything they go together that they find themselves.

This story is NOT just everything I've mentioned it's a mystery that keeps you guessing and with twists your are NOT expecting that rip your heart out and makes you want to reach in the book and hug the characters and tell them it's going to be alright! haha *sigh* it was amazing.

Overall it's a BEAUTIFUL story with GORGEOUS imagery.


Language: mild
Violence: moderate (PG)
Drugs/Alcohol: none
Sexual Content: moderate (PG a very mild understand that 2 characters have slept together)

Meet the Author:
Amie Kaufman is the co-author of the These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. Amie had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favourite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighbourhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas. Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab.
As she grew older (but not up), she continued her education, and graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution. These days she combines writing with work as a mediator, as well as regular travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia. A few of her top travel moments include camping in the Sahara overnight, climbing a mountain in Vietnam, standing on the Great Wall of China and cycling the Loire Valley, but she has a huge list left to cover.
Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their very quirky rescue dog, Jack. She’s a huge fan of chocolate and naps, has an enormous music collection, and an entire room of her house is devoted to her library. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.
You can find her at:
Twitter: @Amiekaufman

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