These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

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By (author) Amie Kaufman

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  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 210mm x 36mm | 646g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1423171020
  • ISBN 13: 9781423171027
  • Sales rank: 3,534

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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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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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By Brenna Staats 29 Jul 2014 5

These Broken Stars is a gorgeously written epic love story. In space. It's the kind of story that stays with you long after you've read it, and it's masterfully written. This is a brilliant introduction to the Starbound trilogy, and it left me eagerly anticipating This Shattered World!

Reasons to Read:

1. A survival story... IN SPACE:

The space setting is important because it raises the stakes for Lilac and Tarver. They aren't just trying to live through a crash landing - they have to survive on an unknown, abandoned planet. And Lilac has to keep up with Tarver (a soldier) in a ballgown and heels (let's be real, I can barely survive attending a wedding for one evening in high heels. Let alone trekking across a strange and wild PLANET).

2. A strange and mysterious world:

I was entranced by the world Amie and Meagan created in These Broken Stars. The planet on which Lilac and Tarver crash-land is similar to Earth, yet very different in certain ways. It was a haunting portrayal of a planet, and I am so curious about the rest of the world in this science fiction series. It seems so big and vast, and there are all these secrets. I'm dying to learn more in the next book!

3. A gripping end to the book:

I could not turn the pages fast enough as this book was ending. And while there are certainly a number of questions the reader is left with at the end, it seems to be hinted at that the consequences may come up in later books. These Broken Stars as a book is wrapped up nicely and ends, but I can readily see how the world is much bigger than this one book. It's a great way to write a book because it's as if this book is just one window into this world, rather than the world only existing within one book.

These characters are amazing, as well. Completely flawed, but still great characters to read about with strong development over the course of a life-changing event.

Keep in mind going into this that These Broken Stars has slower pacing than some readers may be used to - the characters experience significant internal struggle, and that's a very important aspect of the book. I don't believe in any way that detracts from the story, just a heads up.

Hardcover personally purchased.

By Kelley 11 Dec 2013 5

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 next.

By Gina Scarcella 10 Dec 2013 5

By far, my favorite book of 2013! Beautifully crafted, magnificently detailed and leaves you completely starstruck! (hehe like what I did there with starstruck)

So I practically started this book on a Sunday (minus a few chapters the night before) and, let's just say that I stayed in bed all day reading this book. When I came up for air it was 5pm. If that doesn't give you some kind of clue at how good this book is, then read the book (which is a must) and see what kind of addiction captures you.

It is easy to get a first look at this world we are thrown into. It's space, so the general idea is there, and then we get a better look at the Icarus. Even though we know that this is one monster of a spaceship, we only need details of where Tarver and Lilac are. I can't help but fall for Tarver straight away when he sets his sights on the books at the start. And when we meet Lilac, we instantly understand who she is and get with her personality. She's the girl that we all want to be (and not just because of Tarver) and a fabulous kick-ass heroine. She stands up for what she believe's in and does anything and everything to protect the ones that she loves. Even though at the start, we don't realize how much she changes in the book until we look back. At the start, she isn't much of a heroine and more like the damsel in distress (but does show signs of her hero side), and then she flourishes when both Tarver and Lilac crash land at the mysterious planet.

While I was reading, I just though that this was your typical survival story: Boy and Girl crash land, they go searching for help and other survivors while fighting horrible beasts and finding love etc etc. But this completely turns around from that! Not that the starting survival story is boring, it's the complete opposite because this gets us more firmly in touch with Tarver and Lilac, with who they are and who they want to be. Then as soon as we feel like we are one with them, everything turns around. You don't know what to expect next and you find that you've crash landed in a whole other situation that you never thought possible. You cry (alot...... I completely balled my eyes out, making my boyfriend laugh at me while I'm completely torn from the events of this book) from this book, and you experience so many different emotions that you are stunned and shocked at the end that you just can't wait for the next.

This book was a complete surprise to me and it's fantastic in every way. For me there was no faults. It kept you guessing, and the secrets that continually pull you through this book and make you want to find out about them. Throughout the whole book, you feel like screaming because you just want Tarver and Lilac to kiss or do something!! You're screaming for romance, that when it comes you rejoice and angels come down from the
Heaven's singing Hallelujah! (ok, not really but you get the picture).

Throughout the book, you equally connect with both Tarver and Lilac. I love how it's dual POV of them both, and that makes you connect with these two more. You get to see how they change and the imagery is so vivid that it's like you're experiencing this all with them.


This is my favorite book of 2013!If you haven't had a chance to read this book yet, you don't know what you're missing out on and need to read this!

By MissPageTurner 27 Nov 2013 5

Lilac LaRoux and Major Tarver Merendsen are both on board of the gigantic luxury spaceliner prophetically named Icarus when it's thrown out of hyperspace and crashes into the nearest planet. Lilac and Tarver are from different social spheres but after the crash they are the only two people left or so it seems and they have to team up in order to survive and find a way to call for help.
Think of THESE BROKEN STARS as a YA version of Titanic set in space and add a ton of extra dangers, special effects and feels. No reader can say no to that, right?

Amie and Meagan's version of a future galaxy holds many miracles that have you marvelling at their invention and sheer existence. People have colonised numerous planets, changed the texture and feel of so many things and travel through space in the blink of an eye. The story's level of individuality is set very high. Technical details, the construction of the Icarus, the complexion of the new land and each step of Lilac and Tarver's journey, it all felt so complete and well-connected.

Chapters alternate between Lilac and Tarver's perspective. Don't you think men in uniform are extremely sexy? Let me introduce you to Major Tarver Merendsen then, the epitome of a YA hero who makes your heart race and takes your breath away. Despite his simple upbringing he is intelligent, strong and has become a trained soldier and war hero. On the new planet Tarver is not only responsible for his own life, he sees it as his mission to protect society princess Lilac LaRoux at all costs.
A relevant part of THESE BROKEN STARS is about the differences in their upbringings and the planets they are living on (yes, two lovers who are from different planets!). Lilac sees what it means to be out in the world and without her posse for protection. Lilac and Tarver are exploring the new planet they landed on. Is it inhabitable? What dangers and discoveries are awaiting them?

They are both busy following their own goals and intentions. Tarver to get through this mission without being fooled by the heir to the galaxy's richest industry mogul.
And Lilac...well, let me just say it takes her some time to see clearly again after years of false pretense and hiding behind conventions.
Every subtle change in their ways of thinking and their feelings towards each other was present and poured off the pages right into my heart where there's just so much love for them as individual characters and as a couple. Tarver and Lilac are an explosive combo and their love burns as bright as the brightest star. I have read so many love stories with intimate scenes that often felt simply insufficient whereas Tarver and Lilac's love story was never less than fulfilling and just perfect. Both teens can't fully escape the sadness of their pasts but what would life be worth if they hadn't something wonderful to live for in the future? Hopefully each other!

The romance of the manly soldier and the delicate society girl is a sexy and powerful one. Their rough edges made them the most fascinatingly interacting characters I have encountered in a very long time. Heated kisses had me swooning, strange happenings really scared me to death and the more emotional parts of their story had me sobbing through the night. Oh my, all the feels! And there is a ton of them! THESE BROKEN STARS became my favourite book of 2013 in only a matter of a few hours.

Sometimes there are key scenes or moments that make you feel at home in a story. Characters you can identify with, places so exciting you want to dive in head first and words so compelling you read them in a kind of trance. THESE BROKEN STARS did that to me and every page made me think: 'Yes, this is exactly my kind of story. I don't want to just read it, but make it my new home and live in it forever!'


5/5 ***** THESE BROKEN STARS – Space adventure galore of the most splendid kind, an irresistible romance and a universally captivating storyline. Whatever you are looking for in a favourite YA read in 2013, Amie & Meagan's debut has it all and beyond!

The first book in the STARBOUND series is a paramount debut thanks to Amie and Meagan's stellar writing. Exceeding all expectations, THESE BROKEN STARS is a story so finely fabricated you will feel the magic of stars and with it an entirely new futuristic galaxy come to live and unfolding on every single page. Lilac and Tarver's story is resplendent, an emotional firecracker and the galactically good start to a new space trilogy! It's going to be a long long wait until its companion is coming out in 2014.

By Sarah Elizabeth 15 Oct 2013 5

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
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When the Icarus is unexpectedly pulled out of hyperspace, everybody heads to the escape pods, only for the escape pods to not launch due to a surge or electricity. Suddenly the Icarus is crashing, and the odds of survival are low.

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Can Lilac and Tarver find a way to survive? Can they find a way to signal help? And can they find a way to live with each other in the mean time?


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Lilac was an interesting character in that even though most would have thought that she lived a charmed life, she had suffered at the hands of her father, and had had to find ways to live with the things she knew. She did come across as a little spoiled at times, and had a bit of a diva attitude at times as well, but was actually remarkably able to adapt to the difficult circumstances she found herself in, and really showed what she was like on the inside rather than the outside.

Tarver was also an interesting character. Firstly because he pushed Lilac to be better, and secondly because he never lost hope that that was possible. He took a difficult situation and somehow made them survive, which was nothing short of remarkable.

I liked the storyline in this book. It was just so unique, and the mysteries and surprises just kept coming and coming. This was not your average dystopian, or survival story, and at times I really didn�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢t want to put this down.

The pace in this one was quite slow, and the middle did drag a little bit. This didn�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢t last long though, and the mysteries were enough to keep me interested, and keep me wanting to read. I liked the mysteries, I liked the romance, I liked the suspense and I even liked the occasional creepy moment. This book seemed to have a bit of everything, and I even found myself crying at one particularly sad moment, which very rarely happens to me! So glad I wasn�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢t on the bus at the 75% mark or I think I would have got some really funny looks!

The ending of this was also surprising, and I liked the way we got snippets of Tarver being questioned at the end of each chapter, so we knew that they would eventually find their way home.

If this book reminded me of anything, I�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢d suggest it reminded me of the TV show �??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�??????Lost�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢, with the unexplainable happenings and the inability to know what would happen next. I thought the whole thing was really nicely done though, and it will be interesting to see what the second story in the series has in store.
Overall; a truly unique and enjoyable sci-fi/dystopian/mystery story, with a touch of romance.
9 out of 10.

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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"