Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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 by one character’s perspective because you have that variety with the two.
There’s also an element of mystery to the story as Tarver and Lilac try to figure out where the strange whispers are coming from on the planet. 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.
I wasn’t particularly fond of the ending–I just felt like it was a little rushed and needed more resolution. But I gave the book 5 stars because of the happy ending.