These Broken Stars
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Review by: Max
Lilac LaRoux, heiress extraordinaire, and Tarver Merendsen, war hero extraordinaire, run into a bit of a problem when their spaceship decides to stop working and drops them off on an abandoned planet with no other survivors.
With no means to communicate, no information about they planet they've been stranded on, and some creepy things happening on the aforementioned planet, the only hope Lilac and Tarver have lies in each other.
This book tells the complicated tale of their adventures on the planet and struggle to get home, get along with each other, and survive in a harsh, harsh world, and I only have good things to say about it.
First of all, just look at that cover.
Now, you may be thinking (after, of course, you recover your eyesight from being blinded by that cover's pure gorgeousness), is this just a book about a girl floating around in space in a dress? Or maybe you think this book is going to be exactly like the Titanic, but set in space.
While I understand where you're coming from if you're thinking like this, you're completely and totally wrong.
One of the few aspects that are similar to Titanic was the economical situation of the two main characters--Lilac being the daughter of the richest man in the entire universe, and Tarver being someone who wasn't born into a rich sort of world and is only on the ship for his war-hero-ness.
Plus the whole crashing the ship thing, but these are the only two big things that remind of me Titanic. The rest is a story of its own, and a very wonderful story at that.
The writing was completely fantastic, along with the characters. At first, if you're like me, you'll probably not be the biggest fan of Lilac, but as the book progressed I came to adore them both and adore the book as a whole. I'm not going to say anything else, because I think this is a book where you should just go in not knowing too much about beside the fact that it's an amazing sci-fi, like nothing else you've ever read.
Seriously, go and pick this up. I think you'll like it.