Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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

"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."

Rating: 4 stars
Initial Thoughts: Different
Read: February 28, 2015

A luxury spaceliner suddenly plummets from hyperspace and crashes into the nearest planet. Only two survive, Lilac, a society girl, the daughter of the richest man in the universe and Tarver, a war hero. Lilac anticipates immediate rescue, while Tarver just wants to survive. Unfortunately for them, they have landed on a deserted planet with a mystery of its own.


This book was essentially a romance in space, with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in for good measure and I loved it.

This story is told in duo point-of-view, which really helped me as the reader to connect with the characters. It is these characters and the character growth that occurs throughout the book which made this book stand out from the other YA dystopia/fantasy that I have been reading lately. The interactions between these two and their reactions to their situation and surroundings was incredibly realistic. This was refreshing when it seems that in ½ of all YA books the female protagonist is secretly a sharp shooter and have unknown survival skills. 

The characters are so entrenched in their views (aka. frustratingly stubborn) that their relationship builds gradually, as they rely on each other to survive. The go from being outright hostile to one another, to trusting each other and eventually romance blossoms (this is a YA folks).

I am interested in reading more from the authors as they have set up an interesting Universe with an interesting history. I know that the next book in the series does not focus on the same characters, but I still want to see where the authors are going to take this series.

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