Book Review · Science Fiction/ Dystopia · YA Fiction

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: Book Review

13138635It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to 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 in this place 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.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

The book cover of this book is disgusting. I hate it. It looks like some Romeo and Juliet star-crossed thing. I read the description of the book online and was wary getting it. It just didn’t sound like a good science-fiction. If you’ve read mu blog, you’ll know that my assumptions are always wrong. Like now.

There were only two characters throughout the entire book. Following what happens to Lilac and Tarver when they crash land on this foreign planet. They are the only survivors of the accident in where their ship Icarus is pulled out of hyperspace. These two are as opposite as can be: Lilac LaRoux, privileged rich girl. Tarver Merendson, war hero. They just don’t work out. But they have to, learning how to survive the new land together.

Lilac keeps telling Tarver that she was hearing whispers with no words, but whispers trying to talk to her. Tarver dismisses her, thinking it’s a side effect of trauma from the accident. She sees things, too. Tarver keeps on dismissing it as hallucinations and trauma- until he finally sees a vision, something that unsettles him to his very core. That’s when he starts believing. Soon after, they find out that these mysterious whispers on the new planet are trying to send them a message- but what?

This book. Is so much more. Than another stupid. Love story. It’s weird, it’s new, it’s definitely a very deviant sort of science fiction. Even if you aren’t a fan of that genre, this book will be perfect for you. The right amount of drama, romance, mystery, and fiction. It’s brilliant. There’s a seqeul to this book, although it would be amazing as a stand alone in my opinion, called This Shattered World. 


Last review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 

Until next time! ✨


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