These Broken Stars


By Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published on December 10, 2013
Published by Disney Hyperion
Source: NetGalley
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.

Sigh.  This book had no chance apparently.  It is being hyped by authors, bloggers, and other readers to be the best book of 2013.  It apparently had an epic romance and adventure.  Well, I have read it and sadly I don't buy it.

Don't get me wrong, These Broken Stars was an enjoyable (and at times terrifying) story.  It is full of adventure and survival.  The real problem I had with this story is that I couldn't connect with the two main characters.  I am not sure if it was because the author didn't give them enough feeling or if it was just a case of the book not being a good match for me.  Their romance was believable, but it was no epic romance. 

There is so much I can't tell you about the book.  A ton of things happen- tons of twists and turns that would ultimately ruin the book for you.  I didn't like or expect a few of these turns (and a few gave me the heebie jeebies).  I wish I would have known that parts of this book were going to be really scary.  I wish I would have known that the romance really did take a backseat to the survival part of the story.

Don't worry, there are still PLENTY of people out there who went gaga over this book (It has a 4.20/ 5 rating on Goodreads currently).  I will go on to read the companion books, because I was intrigued by how the story ended.  I can't, however, say this was the best book of 2013 or it had some sort of epic romance... because for me, it fell flat.

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