These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

these broken starsFrom goodreads:

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

A timeless love story, These Broken Stars sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


As with most books, I read them knowing very little and sometimes I don’t even read the entire blurb, sometimes it’s just the first line and that’s it.  What I look for are: what genre or sub-genre does it fall in to on Amazon and the average rating.

These Broken Stars had an average of 3.97 stars on goodreads which is really good and on Amazon it falls under Science Fiction and Fantasy.  In my book it’s all one big WIN.


It started off slow and had a hard time connecting with Lilac and Tarver.  Not to mention, the beginning felt a bit insta-lovey which is a complete turn off to me and sometimes it’s difficult for me to overlook.  And when I say insta-lovey, I mean that they have this attraction to each other immediately but they don’t act on it because of politics. *sigh of relief* Thank goodness.  Also, it’s light on the element of sci-fi.

But on the flip-side…I really loved this book.

Let me explain.

Think Titanic meets Castaway meets 2001: A Space Odyssey because once I became engaged in this story, that’s how it played out in my head.

One of the best parts of the book is being stranded on an alien planet!  Both Tarver and Lilac became unlikely partners because they had to flee the unsinkable Icarus. They didn’t want to but ultimately they had to rely on each for their survival.  It’s that very journey of survival that I absolutely enjoyed.

And lastly, I loved the bit about the whisperers.  That gave me anxiety and kept me on the edge of my seat every time they made their presence known. *shudders*

“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.”

At the end of TBS there’s a preview of This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) and OHMAGAWD it’s gonna be good. Quite possibly even way better than this one! ;)





    • Cristina says

      I have yet to take a chance on audio books and I’m guess TBS was a book I should have started with! ;)
      I think that the second book will blow me away. Seriously. I read the sneak peek of book 2 and I wanted more! *grabby hands*

    • Cristina says

      Carmel…that was the only way I could think of to describe the book! *snickers* I do enjoy SciFi…always have and I’m guessing that has something to do with watching Star Trek with my dad when I was a kid. *shrugs* Anyway, it turned out good in the end and that’s all I ask for out of a book! :)

  1. says

    Aw, sorry this wasn’t a 4-5 star read for you. I really enjoyed this because it seemed like all the characters had depth, flaws and quirks. I loved the setting as well–it was different and yet the authors made it seem realistic and very vivid. Personally, I connected with both the characters almost instantly–I actually liked the first part a lot better than the end. ;) Anyway, lovely review, Cristina!
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    • Cristina says

      Thanks Aimee! :) Don’t get me wrong, I did love it a lot but whenever I think there might be a hint of insta-love…I immediately get bothered by it. And there was so much about the book that I did love, like a lot and I can’t wait to read the second book! ♥

  2. says

    While I’m sorry to hear you didn’t quite like this one as much as you would have hoped to, I’m glad that you ended up enjoying it and that you’re intrigued enough to read the sequel. Thanks for sharing Cristina, and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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    • Cristina says

      Thanks Zoe!!! ♥ I wasn’t in love with it but eventually I was hooked and the sneak peek to book 2 has me thinking I’m gonna love that story! :)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Lisa!!! Isn’t the cover stunning?? It really is but sometimes a cover isn’t enough to draw everyone in…so I get that it didn’t work for you. I heard so much about this book and held off reading it until the second book was closer to being released but it didn’t blow me away. I loved so many parts of it and other parts were just meh. *shrugs* Anyway…I will let you know how the second book turns out! ♥

  3. Tricia says

    Sorry you didn’t love this one, I’ve been debating on reading it myself. The cover is gorgeous and keeps catching my eye & begging me to read it! Great review & hope that book #2 is fabulous!! :-)

    • Cristina says

      There’s a lot about the story that is good and done really well but a few things kept me from loving it. I think book 2 will be more my speed and who knows, maybe you’ll love TBS…a lot of people rated it 5 stars! :)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Jeann!!! ♥ I should be starting it in a few days once I’m down with the book I’m on now and I can’t wait. I’m dying for Jubilee and Flynn because I’ve only heard amazing things about this book! :)

  4. says

    Like you, I had a problem with the romance at first because they were insanely attracted to each other and had a lame excuse for not acting on their desires. I wish they hadn’t felt that for each other at first because it would have been interesting to see how a relationship would develop from two people who didn’t want anything to do with each other. But yes, aside from that, this was an amaaaazing book. You need to read the second book because the general feedback is very very positive!

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    • Cristina says

      Faye you said it perfectly! That was my biggest call-out about this book but overall I did enjoy it a lot. And I’m reading book 2 in a day or so…can’t wait!! ;)

    • Cristina says

      Thank you Lola! ♥

      Yesssssssssssssssss! We can always be honest with each other!!! ;) This book was definitely hyped up and I had put it off for so long but when I started reading it, I wasn’t overly impressed. I didn’t mind the lack of secondary characters because it had the whole castaway element that I enjoyed but there was something that didn’t work for me. *shrugs*

  5. says

    I usually don’t read synopses either haha Only look out for the gender and see my friends ratings on GR!
    I agree with you, this one had a slow start for me too (I even switched from the print to the audio form to push through it faster), and it did annoyed me for Lilac and Traver intalusted over each other – I know is super common but still, everytime Traver thinked about Lilac as the most beautiful/attractive woman ever I rolled my eyes.
    It also started working better for me once they get stranded on the alien planet, and the whisperers were so creepy! I think the audio format made it even more creepy for me.
    Hope you enjoy the next one too!
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    • Cristina says

      We are totally on the same page about this book. I enjoyed the second book a lot more and I will curious to see what the final book will bring. And YESSSS to being stranded, that made the story so much more compelling. ;)

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