Review: Starbound #1, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

13138635Blurb from Goodreads

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.

ebook, 384 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion (first published November 20th 2013)
edition language: English
series: Starbound
genre: Sci-fi, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
The blurb and the cover made me read this book. I’m not a reader who chooses my reading base on book cover, though there is nothing wrong with it too. But, the cover drew me instantly, from the moment I saw it. It’s so pretty and intrigued me. Add it with the blurb that scream a sci-fi space story. Basically, I was sold only a few minutes after I saw the cover and read the blurb.

The first few chapters I know that the characters are in the space ship, Icarus which later has similar fate as Titanic, as other readers mentioned. Lilac LaRoux, a daughter of the richest man on the galaxy and Tarver Merendsen, a war hero are the only survivor. First part of the story, I don’t like Lilac. She’s annoyed the hell out of me. She’s one ungrateful spoil rich girl who keeps whine and talks in contradiction, including to the way she talks to Tarver. And when he ignores her, she’s angry because he doesn’t realize that she do it for his own good. At this point, I want to tell her, how come he can tell her intention without her telling him? He isn’t a mind reader as far as I know.

Thankfully, along their journey Lilac changes, into a better girl. I liked this version of her and quite admire her. I think Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner did a great job describing the changes on Lilac and Tarver, though he doesn’t change as much as her. It shows that their journey really affect them.

It also has good pace. The authors can surely arrange the rhythm of the story. I have different feeling while I read it and those feeling make me wondering, questioning and keep reading it. They can pick out my curiosity and make me glue to the book. It’s like one chapter I’m annoyed with Lilac and want to scream at her and next chapter I want to smack Tarver’s head and tell him to listen to her. One chapter I’m lying in my bed and read it, then after a few chapters I feel like I want to run with them.

There are snippets of conversation/interrogation between Traver and unnamed character at the end of each chapter. It added the curiosity in me. But I also think it can be a not-so-good thing to the story because somehow in some part it ruins the element of surprise to the story.

However, after all positive above there is one thing, one important thing to me that make me cannot give it 5 perfect stars for These Broken Stars. It’s the world-building and the setting in the story. I don’t get much description about it. The blurb promises me a sci-fi story so I wish I get a sci-fi with glorious space description. I even imagine it will be like when I watched Gravity. I know it’s a young adult book, so there must be romance in it. I don’t mind of the romance part, but I also wish it contains sci-fi things, at least as big as the romance. I want more sci-fi than just a space ship that crash in unknown planet. The story is told from two POV, Lilac and Tarver, but none of them tell me much about their world and describe how it works. What they tell me aren’t enough to make me believe and feel that they are really live in a galaxy far, far away.

Yeah…I know this is first book of the series but at least I need that world-building to make me believe where the story takes place. So 3 stars from me but I guarantee you I will read its sequel.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars
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