These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

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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. 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.

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 133 x 210 x 36mm | 646g
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 1423171020
  • 9781423171027
  • 7,599

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Gr 7 Up First-time author Kaufman and coauthor Spooner begin their science-fiction romance in familiar territory and then chart a course that goes to new heights. Eighteen-year-old Major Tarver Merendsen is a decorated hero traveling on the luxury starliner Icarus. Sixteen-year-old Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the galaxy's richest man, owner of the Icarus, and terraformer of numerous planets. Everything comes crashing down when an unknown force ejects the starliner from hyperspace and sends them into the gravity well of a planet. Tarver is able to get them aboard an escape pod but it is, surprisingly, Lilac who is able to hotwire the pod's malfunctioning electronics to allow it to blast free of the falling ship. They survive the descent but each feels obligated to treat the other harshly Lilac to shield Tarver from the potential wrath of her father and Tarver to urge the pampered princess to safety. As they come to rely upon one another during their journey across the unfamiliar planet, they can no longer deny their feelings for one another. When Lilac begins hearing whispers and seeing visions, she comes to believe that there is other sentient life on the planet. Then she dies, but neither she nor the story ends there. The authors begin with star-crossed lovers and a crash-landing survival story but add excitingly original material to these tropes to create a wonderful tale that should appeal to both teen and adult readers. Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids SLJ"

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About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the `SKYLARK `trilogy, currently lives just outside DC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts. You can find them on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner.

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My Thoughts Where do I even begin? These Broken Stars is, in my opinion, the best debut of 2013. This book doesn't read like a debut; it reads like it was written by seasoned writers, comfortable in their craft and willing to take chances. I could undoubtedly feel the touch of Meagan Spooner in these words, but it wasn't all familiar, and so I can only conclude that Amie Kaufman is just as skilled and imaginative as her partner. In the beginning, this book reminded me of other stories: Titanic, Across the Universe, and Under the Never Sky, to name a few. But once things really got going, I was completely blown away. What started out as something familiar quickly beckoned me deeper and deeper into unknown territory. The characters of Lilac and Tarver are rich, real, and intriguing. Their situation became scarier, weirder, and altogether fascinating as I followed them across the barren, unforgiving landscape. Their friendship -- and deep romance -- was a slow build that I really appreciated. They went through some very tough, true struggles of existentialism, relationships, survival, and more. I felt for them, with them, every step of the way. And that is where the genius of this story shines. This book shocked me. This booked rocked me to my core and had me a complete mess. I was bawling, swiping the tears off my face so I could see clearly enough to keep reading. These Broken Stars made me cry like no other story ever has. Twice. These Broken Stars has all of the elements that make a story just right for me: science fiction, space travel, slow-building romance, smart characters, questions of existence and spirituality... When I described it to my husband, I said, "Think of the best episode of Star Trek ever, and then turn it into a 3-part, no maybe even longer, episode. It is that good." And for me? That's saying a lot. If it isn't clear by now: I loved this book. I loved it so much that as soon as I closed the ARC and wiped my tears away, I went online and pre-ordered it (I have never done that before). This may not only be my favorite YA book of 2013, but my favorite YA book ever. Without a doubt, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are on my insta-buy list, and I am desperately awaiting whatever comes more
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