BOOK REVIEW: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

BOOK REVIEW: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

How do you live again, knowing what waits for you in the end?

After I finished Aurora Rising I knew that I wasn’t yet ready to venture out of the world of sci-fi. With the loss that I was feeling though, I just wanted something familiar, something that I knew I had liked before. My mind immediately went to this series (which is partially even wrote by Kaufman). This is my third time reading this book and I have to say that I liked it just as much as the other two times. I think overall I’d rate it a 4.5. It’s not a book that blew my mind but you know what? I’ve realized that you can give a book a high rating just for the sole fact that you really, really enjoyed it. It doesn’t have to be life changing but if it means something to you, makes you happy, and is memorable in any way, rate it five stars if you’d like.

That’s what this book is to me. It’s a story about Lilac and Tarver. The daughter of the richest man in the universe and a cynical war hero. The two meet on the Icarus, the spaceship which then gets sucked out of hyperspace and ends up crash landing on a strangely deserted planet. They were lucky enough to make it to an escape pod and Lilac was able to use the knowledge she’d learned from an old friend to hotwire their pod off the ship. Out of 50,000, the two are the only survivors.

The book basically just features them getting from their downed pod, to the wreckage of the Icarus, and then on from there. It’s a journey book and I know that’s just not everyone’s cup of tea. For some reason though, I just really liked it. I liked reading about them trying to survive. I liked them observing this planet that was weirdly terraformed and not familiar. And most of all I loved their hate-to-love relationship. Actually, if I remember correctly, the relationships and the characters were the defining part of what I loved about this entire series. Some of the plot lines become kind of weak later on but the characters never failed me.

Even though it initially seems like Lilac could have the potential to be a spoiled brat, she’s the complete opposite. She never whines or complains to Tarver when he’s trying to get them from point A to point B, even when she got huge blisters on her feet and was completely worn out from not having any kind of stamina for a journey like that. ESPECIALLY after falling out of the sky and realizing you are probably the only one that survived. And Tarver. Of course I loved Tarver. Tarver is the kind of guy character that will always be my type. (similar to Gale, Chaol, Garret, Cassian, etc.) Soldier, hard ass, but also has that gooey caramel center that you didn’t expect at first, lol. I enjoyed watching their relationship bloom and EVEN THOUGH I would have been really sad for Tarver’s family if he had never come back, is it weird of me to think it would have been a really interesting read to see how they flourished if they would have just stayed on that planet and made a life for themselves (kind of like in the movie Passengers)??!?!? 

Also, can I just say that the Whispers kind of creep me the F out? I know they meant no harm in this book but the whole thought of Lilac starting to hear voices and them creating those specific ~things~ was just…something else. I started to listen to This Shattered World on audio late last week and OMG. The narrator who does the scenes between chapters that are set in Jubilee’s past and brought up by the Whispers is so eerie to listen to. It’s quite frankly amazing. I’ve only just gotten into audiobooks and am finding out they can make a book 10x better because of those extra things. 

Overall this is a series that I will always love and will come back to from time to time to read again! If you’re looking for a kind of lighter (POSSIBLY AT TIMES CHEESY BUT WHO CARES) sci-fi series that is strong in the character/relationship department, I’d give this a try!

For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.

Until all that’s left is us

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10 Comments

  1. This book was EVERYWHERE when I first started blogging seriously. I still haven’t read it, even though I want to.
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    • Arielle

      April 11, 2019 at 6:42 am

      I do remember all the hype. It’s funny because when I first read it after it had come out I talked about it with my teen librarian and she said all of the teens had read it at that time and thought it was super cheesy and I was like what the heck?!? How did they think it was cheesy and me, a college kid loved it?! Who knows, the heart wants what the heart wants lol. So I guess I’m trying to say that if you ever do read, I hope you enjoy…but that you almost might think they’re cheesy and lame hahah.

  2. I enjoyed this book! I couldn’t get into the other books in this series but I liked this one!

    • Arielle

      April 11, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Always a bummer when that happens! I think I actually liked the second one the best if i’m remembering correctly! 🙂

  3. I like what you say about the book not having to be mind-blowingly awesome to give it 5 stars, because that’s exactly how I do it XD But sometimes it’s so hard when I REALLY enjoyed a book but it just doesn’t compare with other 5 star reads? It’s tricky. I loved These Broken Stars too and since I took a pic of the books recently I’m so in the mood to reread them!

    • Arielle

      April 12, 2019 at 5:07 am

      I agree. I think a lot of the time it’s an emotional thing, purely what you feel in the moment. Because I know that if I were go through my 5 star shelf on Goodreads that I’d find a lot on there that I wouldn’t consider to be my TOP favorites. It can be VERY tricky! And you should re-read!! I’m enjoying it! 🙂

  4. Great review! I love this book! It’s my favorite in the entire series!
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  5. I really loved this series! I agree that ratings are subjective, so sometimes we rate up or down purely on how it makes us feel.
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