Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound Trilogy #1
Publisher: Disney, Hyperion
Date Published: December 10, 2013
Pages: 384 (hardcover)
Age range: 13+
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.
Well, here is instalove at its finest... Okay, so I'm guilty again. I LOVED this book. Even with all of its instalove glory. The writing was really lyrical and detailed. The bickering between Tarver and Lilac was so funny and cute! The description of the new planet was really clear. Sure, things got pretty dang confusing at the end, but I'm hoping that things will be explained more in the other books. Now, I loved the chapters where Tarver was getting interviewed. They confused me at first, but it's all made clear at the end, and that made them even more humorous.
The characters in this book were FANTASTIC. there were only two characters for a majority of the book, but they were really well done. Lilac was your classic mouthy, rich, daddy's girl. And Tarver was a military bad boy. I love bad boys, and Tarver was no exception. Their bickering was SO funny and cute. It was funny how Lilac just kepy saying things like "My daddy will save us!" and Tarver would just go "Your daddy my left foot. Keep moving." I couldn't relate to any of the characters, or their situation, but I don't think that I was supposed to. I was supposed to let the characters hold my hand and walk me through the story, not become the characters.
I did think it was slightly ridiculous how Tarver was stepped all over by Lilac in the beginning, and he just kept coming back to her. It's like the adorable, strong bulldog that just keeps coming back to get kicked. And Lilac was, of course, a witch in the beginning. But it was great to see the growth of both of these characters.
The story was great. I was reminded of the Titanic. Ya know, the invincible, huge ship that has ton of people on it all of a sudden crashes, and everyone loses their cool because only a tiny fraction of them can possibly survive. DUN DUN DUNNN. It wasn't cliched though, which was very nice. After that, they survived on a planet until help could come of they could escape. Mentally, I played My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion for the whole book. It just fit perfectly. For real.
Anyway, this was a great book, and I can't wait for book two! Also, just look at how perfect that cover is! Ain't it gorgeous?