Saturday Summary: These Broken Stars

Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Format: Kindle
Published: December 10,  2013
My Rating on Goodreads: 5 stars

These Broken Stars is about Lilac LaRoux, the socialite daughter of LaRoux and Tarver Merensden, a famed war hero. One fateful night on the Icarus, Lilac and Tarver meet during a party. Disaster soon strikes though, when the Icarus runs into technical issues and crashes, falling away from hyperspace. Lilac and Tarver escape together in a pod but must find a way to survive on the foreign, strange world they’ve landed in.

I was hesitant at first about whether I would enjoy the book or not. My first impression of it was that it was just the two main characters, Lilac and Tarver arguing back and forth as they trekked through a foreign planet. It seemed like there wasn’t much happening. Eventually though, I came to enjoy the budding relationship between Lilac and Tarver, and the essence of it as a survival story.

The book switches between the two viewpoints of Lilac and Tarver, giving the novel a well-rounded feel. You don’t feel overwhelmed or annoyed by one character’s perspective because you have that variety with the two. Kaufman and Spooner did a great job of making the writing seamless. It was full of beautiful description but not too much. It was simple enough to keep me engaged, moving along at a balanced pace.


Just Some Vanilla


Great personal story with a wonderful message. Just how writing should be.

Originally posted on Storyshucker:

I’m no fan of snow, but as my eyes roll in disgust at weather forecasts I concede there were times when snowfalls thrilled me. Not due to missing school, sleigh riding, or building snowmen, but because Vicki and I would go to the store for Nannie.

At an unknown point in our youth, after one snowstorm or another, my sister Vicki and I decided we must plod across the field through snow, no matter the depth, to see if our grandmother needed anything from the store. Nannie lived in a huge old farmhouse, had always cooked for many, and could have at any point in time prepared a meal for forty out of what she had in her cabinets and refrigerator. Not even touching what was stored in her cellar.

Still… Vicki and I were sure Nannie needed something and we’d save the day by trudging through snow to ask…

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