These Broken Stars (These Broken Stars Series #1) [NOOK Book]


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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
On the surface, this trilogy opener is a fairly standard opposites-attract romantic adventure, when a spoiled socialite and a seasoned soldier are stranded on a mysterious planet after their luxury spaceliner malfunctions and crashes. Major Tarver Merendsen tries to protect Lilac LaRoux, "the richest girl in the galaxy," as they journey across an inhospitable wilderness in search of rescue. Though their personalities clash and their social status separates them, they develop feelings for one another. But the further they travel, the more questions they find regarding their new home. Strange visions and apparitions give the story a chilling edge, and a late revelation elevates these developments into entirely new territory. In a collaboration that, at times, evokes Lost, Titanic, and Romancing the Stone, Spooner (Skylark) and newcomer Kaufman do an excellent job of keeping their story from falling into clichéd romantic territory. Although the constant arguing between Tarver and Lilac and their internal angst can be tiring, the external conflicts and underlying mysteries will keep readers guessing (and turning the pages). Ages 12–up. Agent: Adams Literary. (Dec)
VOYA - Shanna Miles
Major Tarver Merendsen is a war hero—young, handsome, and just dangerous enough to send all of the rich socialites on board the Icarus into a tizzy. All except one: Lilac Laroux is the only daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and with her father's guards watching her every move, she cannot afford to let her guard down. If there is one thing she is good at, it is cutting men down to size, especially boys from the lower classes who should know better than to aim for the attentions of the richest girl in the galaxy. When tragedy warrants an emergency evacuation, it is fate that brings the two together. It is too bad that Lilac is the last person with whom Tarver would want to be stuck, but when their escape pod lands on an abandoned planet, curses become blessings as each hardship brings the two closer. As survival instincts kick in and their old life falls away, they build a bond that seems to be able to overcome death itself, but can it survive her father's expectations? Maybe, but her father might be the least of their worries as the secrets of the planet are revealed and soon they know too much. Kaufman and Spooner couple an epic romance with dazzling science fiction in a tale that will appeal to lovers of both genres. This is a must-read, though some sexual situations may be cause for a second glance when considering younger readers. Reviewer: Shanna Miles
School Library Journal
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. 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
Kirkus Reviews
Overdone characterizations threaten to overwhelm an exciting outer-space adventure. When the richest girl in the galaxy and a burned-out war hero from lowly beginnings are the only survivors of a spaceship crash that kills 50,000 people, they grudgingly cooperate to survive. Their escape pod lands far from the ship, so Lilac and Tarver trek through cold and rain to reach the main crash site. This unknown planet has been terraformed, but frighteningly, there are no colonists--or anyone else. When they reach it, the ship's a hazardous tomb of rotting bodies. The jam-packed plot incorporates telepathy, energy-matter conversion, an unknown life form, an explosion, two cave-ins and a temporary death. Lilac and Tarver alternate first-person narration; ratcheting up the suspense are single-page chapters in which an unknown authority interrogates Tarver. Less successful is the seemingly endless (and textually forced) clashing between the protagonists. He's bitter and occasionally rough (in the throes of a fever, he hits her); she's an entitled heiress whose pale, white skin warrants mention no matter who's narrating. It's a thin, annoying line between love and hate (guess which wins) that makes the adventure elements vie for attention. Tipping between science fiction and fantasy, this series opener will catch readers who enjoy melodramatic sparring and those who can look past it; for outer-space thrills with moral complexity, see Beth Revis' Across the Universe series. (Science fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423187783
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Series: These Broken Stars Series , #1
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 23,392
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Sometimes it happens that I get bitten by the hype monster. Once

    Sometimes it happens that I get bitten by the hype monster. Once in a while the hype monster disappoints (case in point, Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”), but most of the time, it leads me to a book I love so much, I want to shout from the highest mountains for everyone to read it! Yes, my friends, today I want to shout from the mountains that These Broken Stars is the one book you just have to add to the top of your reading list…like in yesterday already!

    The first time I saw this book, I was won over by the gorgeous cover, but the synopsis indicating that this is a love story in space, made me go “meh”. I’m not one for romance, okay? Much less romance in space. But following all my favorite blogs via email, I noticed one after the other five-star review for this book and I thought to myself, “you’ve got to be kidding me”. Then I also thought that if my favorite reviewers enjoy it, it can’t be that bad. So I set out to get myself a copy of this much-talked-about book and I jumped right in. And you know what? All those five-star reviews? They were spot-on. I was completely blown away by this romance and now I want you, yes YOU, to read it. No, no, I don’t want to hear it. I don’t care if you like romance or sci-fi or not. You HAVE to read this book! You’ll never be able to tell it was written by two authors on complete opposite sides of the world. Folks, this book is simply phenomenal.

    One reviewer compared this book to Titanic. Wait, before you roll your eyes. I’ll agree that in some ways it did remind me of the Titanic movie, but it’s also a completely original and extraordinary story all on its own. You’ll just love Lilac and Tarver! I did.

    ~The bandages look clean. “Did you wrap my hand up?”
    “Mmm. You didn’t like it much. You have the foulest mouth I’ve ever encountered, Major. I didn’t even recognize half the languages you can swear in. I’m glad I’m not one of your soldiers. Still, it was rather educational.”~

    Lilac took a while longer to grow on me than Tarver did, but once she showed me what she was made of, this girl turned out to be precisely the type of female lead I wish to see more of in YA and romance novels. She’s tough, but gracefully and femininely so.  

    ~Crash-landed on an unknown planet, a black eye on the way, and the contents of her stomach now in the underseat storage locker, and she still feels the need to act like she’s above it all.~

    At first it was easy to believe that Lilac is a spoilt, naïve heiress. But once disaster strikes and the Icarus is headed for certain doom (and I don’t say this lightly), we get to see that Lilac is nothing like what we’ve seen of her so far. And as the story progresses, so much more of her character is revealed and I liked her more and more. I pretty much fell in love with Tarver right from the start. He’s a gentleman and war hero who hasn’t let fame gone to his head. Lilac and Tarver are literally from different worlds and different backgrounds, and like Romeo and Juliet they can never be together. But then tragedy strikes and they both end up being the only survivors on an abandoned planet. Or, at least, they think they’re the only ones on the planet. So, now you have this spoiled socialite and an experienced soldier - two people who can’t stand each other - stranded on a strange planet with only each other for company, and who have to rely on each other for their survival. You can only imagine the laughs that could possibly ensue with the pairing of two such different characters.

    ~It’s only through an exhausting combination of frequent rests and liberal insults that we make it through the next few hours. I could tell myself that I’m doing it because she’ll get back to her feet just to spite me-but the truth is, I really just want to piss her off.~

    After they crash-landed, these two hardly get along. And because this is quite a lengthy read, we get to spend some time with Lilac and Tarver in their quest for survival trying to make it to the fallen Icarus in hopes of finding other survivors. And as the days pass, we get to know them more and more.

    ~This stupid, arrogant boy. How old is he? He can’t be more than a couple of years older than me, yet he acts like he’s got a lifetime of experience just because he liberated one tiny outpost once. A one-trick pony with a chest full of medals.~

    Layers are being peeled away as Major Merendsen and Ms LaRoux gradually fall in love. And that was the selling point for me: the gradual romance. There were no pages and chapters going on and on about how these two lust after each other or how hot the one thinks the other one is. No. They delve deeper into each others’ characters, and that’s how they eventually fall in love.

    But simply a love-story this is not. This is a balanced, superbly plotted, well-rounded tale of survival, discovery, tragedy, compassion, and mystery with a hefty amount of heartwarming feels at its core. It’s not just Tarver and Lilac falling in love, but the reader falling for and rooting for these two beautiful, wonderful, far-from-perfect characters. Don’t go telling me that sci-fi is not your genre of choice. There is no Star Trek-ish or Scotty-beam-me-up elements in this novel. It’s just two people trying to survive in a world somewhat different to our own. And geez, are they put through the mill! For those readers who appreciate a few good twists and a memorable tearjerker, I can assure you there are a couple of mammoth twists and a good gut-wrenching-sobs cry hiding behind this stunning cover. Oh, and another few tears right at the end for good measure.

    After finishing These Broken Stars I understood without a smidgen of doubt why others are writing such lengthy gushing reviews for this book. I just feel like going on and on and on about this masterpiece! Honestly, I finished it in one day. I read until my vision blurred and still I couldn’t put it down. No mushy romance, no content that needs an age restriction. Just a slow developing breathtaking tale of love and endurance in a time far into the future, but with none of the alien elements that would alienate (see what I did there?) non sci-fi readers such as myself from reading this amazing book. Just do me a favor…no, do yourself a favor and add These Broken Stars to your reading list asap!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

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    It¿s hard to get past the absolutely stunning cover, believe me

    It’s hard to get past the absolutely stunning cover, believe me I know. The cover of These Broken Stars is all kinds of perfect with it’s absolutely stunning starry background, beautiful red headed girl in a dress that I’m sure every girl is envious of, and of course the deliciously handsome boy she’s reaching towards. Once you look past that and dive into this sci-fi-tastic story, it is nothing less than a gripping adventure. I absolutely loved it.

    Science fiction has always been one of my favorite genres. I'm really not sure why because science has never been my subject, but I think I just adore the ideas of space, and medicine, and anything else that goes along with sci-fi. I loved how Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner weave sci-fi and supernatural, it makes for a perfect combo.

    Alternating viewpoints is something I have always loved in a book as well, and in These Broken Stars, not only is it needed, but it done flawlessly. I absolutely loved being inside both of our characters heads, of course some parts we’re harder than others. We meet Major Tarver Merendsen first and he is every bit delicious as a male lead can be. He’s a war hero, tall, built, dark hair and eyes and as Lilac notices, can fill a suit perfectly. He just proves over and over how much of an all-american-boy-self-sacrificing thing he's got going on.

    With Lilac LaRoux, I absolutely loved seeing her character change and grow. From the first time we meet her, you can tell she's a tough chick and not exactly happy with the world she's in. I loved watching her change through out the journey, showing her tech savvy side, her strength, and at the end her throw-back-in-your-face attitude. Her and Tarver together I just absolutely loved.

    There were so many parts of this story that I just adored, parts where I got nervous, parts where my heart was melting, and one moment that almost broke my heart. If you enjoy sci-fi, dangerous and romantic journeys, or solving mysteries... You'll love this book. They say to never judge a book by it's cover, but I'm judging this one because I think the story inside is just as great as it's cover.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    I'd like to know why the nook version is $18!?! It's on kindle f

    I'd like to know why the nook version is $18!?! It's on kindle for $10 and even the hardcover is only $12... seems ridiculous to overpay by so much.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Sorry it took me a while to get to this, but I'm afraid I needed

    Sorry it took me a while to get to this, but I'm afraid I needed some time to calm down before I could embark on the journey that is this review. By that, I basically mean being in the right state of mind to return my thoughts to this book and be impartial. I'm currently failing miserably. A friend of mine had read this book months ago and told me it was absolutely magnificent, and I was worried I'd be disappointed because when people overhype books it's more often than not a let down for me.
    This one wasn't.

    I'm personally not really into sci-fi books, or at least I wasn't. But thanks to Doctor Who I've slowly started to get into the genre. Interestingly enough, this book reminded me of three particular episodes of the aforementioned show. In my head it's divided into three parts. The first one, reminded me so much of the Titanic episode of Doctor Who's Christmas Special. The second one reminded me of the episode in season four where the Doctor wanted to visit a planet Midnight I think? I can't bring myself to rewatch the episode because it terrifies me, but yes, that's exactly how I felt in that part of the book - terrified. The last part reminded me of the Charles Dickens episode in season one with the rift. I know this is a weird way to say it but, these exact elements of likeness are what made me love the book. And hate it. And broke my heart. Basically everything I feel whilst watching the show.

    Maybe the show inspired the fabulous authors? I wasn't part of the #TBSParty on Twitter, but I got to read some of the tweets and I think it's safe to say that.

    Now, onto the book. It was co-written, and according to the dynamic duo, each one handled a point of view. In which case Amie handled Tarver's and Meagan handled Lilac's. Personally I preferred Tarver's. It had nothing to do with the writing though, both authors were incredible with that, portraying the characters so amazingly, the way they dived into this world and explained it to the readers was pretty clever and meticulous. It's just that sadly at the start of the book Lilac was the embodiment of everything I hated in a female lead nowadays. However her character improved remarkably by the end of the book. There were parts in between the chapters where someone is interviewing Tarver, I'm not sure who exactly was writing those parts, but I did love them most, because Tarver's absolutely hilarious. I mean, his wry humor even whilst being interviewed and bullied into admitting in details what happened to him in this traumatizing life altering predicament he was in, he still held his own and did his part to absolutely infuriate his interrogators. They had it coming though, and they did bug me.

    The first thing that came to mind for both myself and a friend was the name of the space liner: Icarus. I don't know about you, but I think it's one of the worst name to name anything you want to remain afloat or on it's axis. Something you don't want to either drown, crash or break. Like calling a ship nowadays Titanic. Personally, I think the passengers should have seen their imminent death coming, I know I did. One of the things I had a hard time with was a couple of long lulls mainly due to the story having only two characters for a large part of the book, but that in no way diminishes from the book's ingenuity.

    The story wasn't one of those quick simple reads in which you can be detached and just be entertained by it, if that's what you're looking for in this story, then I'm afraid you need to look elsewhere. This story will drag you in, keep you there, torture you to so many extents, rip your heart out over and over again, make you experience a myriad of feelings before returning you back a completely changed person. I know that for a fact. And yes, the lovely ladies had intended that. You're going to love it, and hate it.

    The best part about this book - okay if you ignore all the heartache - is that it gives you closure. I couldn't handle it at all if after all of that I didn't get closure. Seriously. As for what happens next in the series? It's going to be good.

    Okay guys, I am now off to return to my recovery process. I still absolutely love this book though. No matter what I just said.

    Rating: 5/5

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
    Tarver is a decorated soldier and a war hero. Lilac is daughter of one of the most powerful men in the universe.
    They meet on board the Icarus – a giant spaceship capable of holding 50,000 passengers, but not capable of going through a planet’s atmosphere. The Icarus is a space-dwelling vehicle only, made by Lilac’s father’s company.

    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.

    Lilac and Tarver survive due to both of their quick thinking, but now they’re the only living inhabitants of a partly-terraformed planet, and it seems that rescue is not on the way.
    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?

    I don’t think I have ever read anything quite like this, and I really enjoyed it!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Loved it

    I was telling someone the other day that I have been mainly reading YA books for the last year---especially fantasy. That it was mainly because I found adult Sci-fi fantasy had gone a bit stale, with every story line seeming to be the same thing over and over again, and with the same tired tropes. The same can be said about most genres. We kind of repeat the same story over and over again for everything, but it is how you tell it. Adult Fantasy ad hit a rut in how it told it. But I have found that a lot of YA books these days tend to break out of that. There are all kinds of interesting new ways that they are telling the same story. This book was a good demonstration of that. It had all the old tropes:

    1. Poor little rich girl
    2. Poor low class boy in love with her
    3. Evil daddy who thinks no one is good enough for his baby girl
    4. Star-crossed love

    But then they threw in the interesting things.

    1. Lilac is a very good/strong female character. People seems to think being strong means the girl never has to be scared; always has to be bad ass and never needs any help, much less from a man! But, no...being strong could mean knowing when you are in over your head and asking for help. Having the mental strength to survive in the harshest environments and never giving up...even if sometimes you cry and need to sit and gather yourself for a get back up and you go on. Being strong, is being confident in your abilities and not letting anyone dismiss them or you when it counts. Lilac is all of those things, so I found her a very food female character, even though she cries about her dresses and shoes...she shows up when it counts. And based on her action on the planet, I fully bought why Tarver would like her, and would be impressed by her. To me the hero of this book is Lilac, not Tarver, even though we spend more time in his head. She figures out how to get them unattached from that falling ship and away; she figures out how to send a distress signal out; she learns how to open the door; she saves Tarver time and again. And she did it again in the end with her father. I was very impressed by her.

    2. There was no damn love triangle. And the romance was believable. I totally bought it.....since we spend the whole book building their relationship piece by piece. The only time I was annoyed was when Lilac kept insisting on dying on that planet and sacrificing herself for Tarver. I'm glad he was stubborn and despite what he says...he is very smart. He proved himself in the end.

    3. It was all set in a Sci Fi setting. I loved the slow build of the mysterious planet and why it was abandoned, as well as the final reveal of what resided on that planet and its link to Lilac. I loved the quick glimpses of the world they lived in: The separation of the lower classes from the elite. The corporation and their total ownership of the planets---as well how the system is made to benefit them in every way. It will be interesting to see more of the world in further books. Based on this I would say....I look forward to reading more from this author

    Romance A+
    Story: A
    Science: B+ (I always get confused with all the science mumbo jumbo jargon at some point.)

    Pretty good.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    My initial thoughts when I saw this book made me think of Acros

    My initial thoughts when I saw this book made me think of Across the Universe. I'm not big on space and sci-fi, so I wasn't sure I wanted to read this one. So I kind of forgot about. I took a second look after a few positive reviews came in and decided maybe it might be something I would like. I'm glad I did because this turned out to be one of the better books I read in 2013!

    Lilac and Tarver are about as different as can be. I liked them both immensely. I think that I might not have liked Lilac if we only had Tarver's point of view. She comes across exactly how one might think the daughter of the richest man in the universe would. But in all honesty she's behaving how society and the world expects her to behave. Deep down she's smart and wants to be recognized for something other that her father. Tarver is young and being recognized for a military feet that most soldiers never obtain. But, he's still a little green when it comes to how to behave with upper society. When you throw these two together on a deserted planet, you can bet sparks are going to fly.

    I admired how Lilac tries to keep up with Tarver. She doesn't want to be the rich girl in a gown and high heels traipsing through unfamiliar terrain. She wants Traver to see her as she sees herself. Throughout their journey to the wreckage of the Icarus and then to an abandoned outpost building, she proves herself over and over again. She's more than just her daddy's girl. Tarver was harder for me to pin down. He's all business. It's been trained into him and he doesn't seem to have time for the girly and snobbery that he believes radiate off of Lilac.

    There's more than enough actions to go along with the romance in this story. There's the voices only Lilac can hear. Is she going crazy? Or is there truly something on this seemingly deserted planet. Tarver ends up in a delirious and semi-conscious state that Lilac has to figure out how to nurse him out of. And what exactly is behind the locked door at the outpost building? The biggest shocker of them all happens here. I really could not believe that it did. I was ready to put the book down at that point.

    I ended up being completely impressed with this book. With how the events unfolded, I have no idea were this story can go next. I wonder how Lilac and Tarver proceed?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Oh My Gosh!

    I can not believe how good this book is, I tore through the pages. If I could I wouldve given it all the stars in the world. I love watching the characters change, this book did contain romance but too much, just the right amount. Do yourself a favor and read this book. IT IS AMAZING! EVEN IF YOU DONT LIKE ROMANCE OR SY-FY READ THIS BOOK.....please, you will not regret it. And I am pretty positve that there will be a second and a third maybe even forth book to follow! AHHH! I LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Five unbroken stars are not enough!

    I liked this book so much that I am ready to order the next in the series today! I would recommend it to teens and adults who like fantasy/science fiction.

    I am far from a young adult, but I often read YA fiction because a great book is great no matter the age of its intended audience, and YA books are often shorter. All of the fun in a smaller package.

    The authors have created characters in whom I can believe. I would love to meet them. Tarver and Lilac changed during this story, so much so that I find myself really wanting to know about their futures. Literary characters only have futures in our imagination...but my imagination was not ready to say goodbye when I closed the book.

    I enjoyed the story-telling device of a "debriefing" between every chapter. The two characters alternate chapters and the changing POV makes the story compelling.

    Lilac, the debutante, despite initial attraction, forces herself to dislike Tarver, the soldier/hero; Tarver, likewise. But their point of views change. Lilac says, "...suddenly I see in the man in front of me the qualities of the Major Merendsen, war hero. He could probably lead water uphill if he wanted to." Tarver says, "She's not looking at me and seeing the guy brought up on the wrong type of planet. She's not seeing a soldier, or a war hero, or an uncultured lout who doesn't understand how hard this is for her or an idiot who knows nothing about the right kind of anything. She just sees me."

    This is science fiction with a big dose of common sense; fantasy with more than a touch of reality, and romance that will warm your heart. Get this book and settle back and enjoy.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    By page 20, I was hooked. This book is like Titanic mixed with A

    By page 20, I was hooked. This book is like Titanic mixed with Across the Universe mixed with Firefly/Serenity mixed with Article 5 mixed with Halo AND Aliens mixed with every survival story ever. And yet, although it shares elements and plot points with all these stories, it manages to stand by itself as something unique and interesting. See, first, we're on the Icarus (SO ill-named, a fact that Lilac discusses at one point) rubbing elbows with the fancy first-class, but then the ship is evacuated. By the magic of book luck and plot manipulation, Tarver and Lilac end up alone in an escape pod. They manage to detach from the ship and land on a nearby planet–that they've never heard of before. Enter survival mode. How is this unique? you ask. Well, there's also an absolutely insane paranormal-y twist that I didn't expect at all. It's so subtle that I was questioning Lilac and Tarver's sanity right along with them.

    First person dual pov is such a blessing because we can hear BOTH main characters' thoughts. I knew immediately that Lilac was no princess, that there was a lot more to her. She's so smart, so calculating, but not necessarily in a cruel way, except when necessary. She's strong and passionate and utterly likeable. Likewise, Tarver isn't the big dumb soldier that he pretends to be around others. He's also smart and he's considerate, but he also makes the tough decision occasionally to be momentarily less kind in a life-or-death situation. While in those moments he seems like a jerk, Tarver is totally the kind of guy who would sacrifice anything to keep someone else safe, even the girl who publicly humiliated him, especially the girl who publicly humiliated him, and that's a testament to just how good of a person he is.

    Amie and Meagan did a great job creating these two characters that I loved very early on. I sympathized with every rough moment, every harrowing near-miss, every injury. I cheered every obstacle cleared. I was completely engrossed in this slow-building romance that reminded me of embers that are slow to ignite, but when they finally catch, they blaze with such heat and light that you have to step away. The romance, when it happened...just WOW. And the thing is, it wasn't insta-love. When two characters go through such hardships, it's no wonder that they grow close, but it wasn't just that. It's apparent in their first meeting that Tarver and Lilac have a deeper connection.

    I loved every aspect of this book. I feel like everything was addressed properly and in good time. I absolutely loved that Tarver's investigation co-incided with the novel. Those chapter breaks gave me something to look forward to when things dragged OR got too intense. It was like listening in to Tarver's side of the story, but getting the full thing since we know he's being selective with his answers. The breaks also gave good insight to a snarkier, slightly resentful Tarver, which was definitely fun to watch.

    Why didn't I give this novel 5 stars? I can't really say. I think I'm giving it some growing room. I was sucked in by page 20, but by page 120, I wanted a break. I didn't have to read it all in one sitting. I always wanted to finish, but I didn't absolutely HAVE TO FINISH IT RIGHT NOW. But by the end of the novel, when I woke up at 2 AM and couldn't get back to sleep immediately, I wanted to finish. The drama increases and the stakes rise exponentially in a mad conclusion.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    These Broken Stars is a gorgeously written epic love story. In s

    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.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

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    Enjoyed, but Plot Dragged

    These Broken Stars seems to be a book that people either really loved or really hated. My feelings on this book fell somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed parts of the book, but other parts really lagged for me. This is one book I’m glad I got out of the library to read.

    The premise of this book was more promising than its execution. I loved the idea of the spaceship crash that throws together two very different people in an unfamiliar environment. However, the plot dragged throughout the whole middle, and a book that really only has two characters faces its fare amount of challenges in holding the readers attention.

    The beginning and end of this book are the parts I really enjoyed. The story had such potential in the beginning. I loved Lilac and Tarver’s interactions while onboard the Icarus. They both had strong characteristics and good backstories. The crash of the Icarus was heartbreakingly beautiful — in many ways it reminded me of the sinking of the Titanic. I had high hopes with seeing how Tarver and Lilac dealt with being ship wrecked, hoping that it would making them stronger characters.

    However, the whole middle dragged. I did not like how the characters acted. Lilac became very weak and whiny. Even when forced to fend for herself, she still felt like she need Tarvers there to prop her up and support her. Her character during the middle of the book at times really annoyed me. Tarvers was the stronger of the two characters and the one I had a stronger connection with. I wanted to see what happened to his character more than Lilac. There were many times during the middle of the book that I wanted to put the book down because NOTHING was happening. The ending slightly redeemed the middle and was not what I expected.

    The romance between Tarver and Lilac fizzled. In the beginning, I could see the spark and the potential. But, as the story went on, it felt like the romance was their because it had to be there. They were the only two people on the planet, so of course that’s what had to happen. I wish that the same spark from the beginning was able to carry through the whole book.

    I did really like that their were snippets of Tarver’s interrogation from present day before chapters and eventually the storyline of the plot and interrogation overlapped. It was a nice structural device that was really interested to read. I think I liked the interrogation transcript more than the actual plot sometimes.

    Despite this book being written by two people, the two authors voices blend very well. It’s really hard to tell who is writing what parts. There were some really beautifully written scenes, including the ship crash, that I really enjoyed reading. I’m always intrigued by books written by two authors to see how well the two authors blend, and Spooner and Kaufman do an excellent job of that.

    Overall, These Broken Stars just didn’t cut it for me. I enjoyed parts of it, but a dragging plot really pulls the story down. I’m interested in the companion sequel This Shattered World because we will get new characters facing a new set of challenge. I still have some doubts about it, but I do plan on checking it out when it's released.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    There was a point when I thought I wasn't going to finish These

    There was a point when I thought I wasn't going to finish These Broken Stars. It was about 75% of the way through. Is that odd? That I was so close to finishing, yet wanted to just walk away... I thought it was ridiculous; what happened towards the end. To me, the direction the story was going was fantastic. I needed more. I read the middle like it was nothing-it took me a few hours. I was completely engrossed. Then, the big event happened... and it wasn't even a big moment. I couldn't believe it, I didn't even know that it did happen. I felt it was so glossed over and inconsequential that it was downright upsetting.

    The ending was utterly disappointing. I thought the authors were brilliant. I thought they had a good thing going. Every other chapter was told from Lilac and Tarver's point of view, the science fiction elements were a backdrop to the story and romance... and it was totally impressive. But, with the addition of those elements to that ending, I felt it was a total departure from what they could have done. This series will be three books. It looks like each book will be about different events with different main characters fighting "the [same] good fight". This would be fine if all of their stories were tied altogether in one final epic showdown, but I don't think that's what's planned. Instead, we have a universe that I feel will be incomplete. Maybe that is unfair to judge before it's finished, but I don't see how the unfortunate holes can be redeemed.

    These Broken Stars begins with Tarver's point of view of the moment he sees the most beautiful girl in the universe, Lilac. There were inconsequential details scattered throughout the chapter that I did not enjoy. It felt pieced together and too odd for an introduction. Lilac's chapter, however, saved it for me. Every other chapter was a saving grace. Somewhere the tide turned and I felt myself liking Tarver's voice better... and then once again, Lilac's.

    I probably would have given up if it weren't for the Lilac & Tarver relationship. Does that make me a sucker?

    I totally loved Lilac and Tarver's relationship. Virtually the entire book was a build-up of their blooming romance. I found it exciting. There were parts that I had to get through in the beginning that made me wonder if it was going to be worth all these pages, but it worked out for the most part. The ending, however, was not okay for me. It was too quick, too cheesy, and definitely NOT believable. I was angry that I was so gullible to believe in half of the story! Lilac's father was basically the leader of the universe, yet he turned out to be a literary villain-in-disguise. He did bad things, we were supposed to hate him... then we leave him alone to just float around and continue on.

    I am hoping the next book in the series covers more of him in the universe at large. I hope it isn't just another young love-fest. Wait... yes I do! I hope we get a better version of Lilac and Tarver, and I hope we get to build on what they gave us to further our knowledge of their messy universe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

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    If you are looking for a great book, you found it!! I have to admit the cover got me but  I recommend it 100% and you won’t be disappointed! 

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Calling all intergalactic/Titanic fans...this book is for you!

    Calling all intergalactic/Titanic fans...this book is for you!

    When it comes to science fiction, I don't think I've read anything quite like this. I loved the story! I slipped into the world as easily as walking out my front door. The best part was that I never really left that world; I kept living in it even when I wasn't reading. The characters were rich and dynamic, believable. I loved their connection and how they learned to lean on each other in order to survive.

    It was kind of like Titanic in the beginning with the unsinkable ship going down and the spoiled rich girl falling for the handsome man below her rank. There are breathtaking scenes of action, and some beautiful moments of bliss. It was a gorgeous story set amongst the stars.

    There were only a couple of things I didn't like about the book. The first is that the characters were unnecessarily mean to each other in the beginning, especially considering their situation. The other thing was their relationship pace. Throughout the book, they steadily grew together, but then, only hours after their first kiss, they suddenly hop in the sack together. It just seemed weird to go from nothing to sex in a matter of hours, especially considering the strict moral code Lilac adhered to previously.

    It was an intense book of survival and love. I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would, and I can't wait for the next book to come out. I'm really interested to see what else these authors have in store for us!

    Content: Some language (no f-words) and non-descriptive sex. I would recommend this only for ages 14 and up for those reasons.

    Cover: Gorgeous! I love this cover. It's beautiful. The way Lilac and Tarver's hands reach for each other reminds me of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. The cover hooked me and ultimately made my decision to read the book. I'm a sucker for a pretty cover!

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

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    A Romeo and Juliette type read set in a sci fi world.  These Bro

    A Romeo and Juliette type read set in a sci fi world.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner has a little something for fans of sci-fi reads and tragic style love stories.

    Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are from two totally different worlds.  Lilac is the daughter of one of the most richest, powerful man in the universe, literally!  She is accustomed to a life of privilege and can have anything her heart desires.  Tarver Merendsen is a young, highly decorated war hero.  Having lived a simple life, he decided to follow in the steps of his deceased older brother, and enlist in the army.

    At a chance meeting upon the Icarus, an unbelievable high-end luxury spaceliner, Lilac and Tarver make a connection.  But Lilac knows all too well what her father would do if he caught wind that she had an interest in Tarver and he had one in her.  So Lilac does what she does best…she makes Tarver despise the thought of being anywhere near her.

    But soon, the lives of everyone on board is in dire straits.  The Icarus is going down fast, and the only chance of survival is to get onboard one of the escape pods.  The fates have decided to put Tarver and Lilac together into one of these pods.  And with Lilac’s quick thinking and skills, her and Tarver’s escape pod is the only one that manages to get out…and crash land onto a different planet.

    It’s now up to Tarver and Lilac to survive on this unknown planet and try to send a distress signal out and hope for a rescue.  But can Tarver and Lilac even get past their differences and work together?  And what kind of planet are they stranded on…what kind of beings are they surrounded by and are their intentions good…or is there an underlying reason…

    Honestly, there wasn’t anything in this book that I didn’t enjoy.  The characters were thoroughly enjoyable, the plot/storyline was addictive, and the world that was created was absolutely captivating.  I couldn’t help but hope against all hope that Tarver and Lilac would be together…that would get past their differences and see just how perfect they are for each other.

    With a dash of Titanic and a sprinkle of Romeo and Juliet, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is sure to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.  I loved that as the story progressed we witness Lilac grow into the woman that I knew she would be.  Strong, committed, and loyal to the bone.  There were various parts in the book that pulled at my heartstrings, and one moment specifically that broke my heart.  I cried out, my heart ached, and I was shocked all at the same time.

    The scenes and events played out in my mind like a movie, that I am soooo hoping happens.  I could totally pictures every image and event clearly as though I were right there in the book.  The world building was done to perfection, and the characters were given their own personalities that readers will appreciate.

    I recommend this read to fans of sci-fi reads and have an aching for a star-crossed lovers type read.  Those who enjoyed Beth Revis’ Across the Universe books will really enjoy These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

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    ¿For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our live

    “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.”

    What can I say about this book that hasn't been said by every other person who has read and reviewed it before me? The imagery was beautiful; the world-building fantastic. I've seen many people refer to this as Titanic in outer-space and that's pretty much exactly what I pictured as I read (er, listened to) this book. It was absolutely engrossing and I found myself wanting to spend more time in my car just so I could get more of the story. 

    As much as I loved the story and the world-building, the characters were one of my favorite things about this book. I was afraid Lilac would be a wimpy heroine because of her background and upbringing. I could not have been more wrong. She kicked some serious tail by the end of the book and she ended up on my list of all-time favorite strong heroines, right alongside the likes of Katniss and Tris. Tarver? I don't have the words to describe Tarver. He was brilliant. I loved his snark when it came to the interview. He was completely swoony and wonderful and the best type of book boyfriend. Lilac and Tarver do not fall victim to love at first sight. Not even close. But, the chemistry between these two? Fan-freaking-tastic. 

    “Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?"
    "Excuse me?"
    "How am I supposed to answer that question?”

    This book sucked me in from the start with the interview/inquisition. I wanted to know *everything* about what happened and who all the players were. I found the interview/inquisition portions unique and a great way to tease the reader about the things to come. (Or that already had, but that we didn't know anything about yet.) Plus, they showed a side of Tarver I appreciated... a lot.

    There were tons of twists and turns in this book and I never really had a clear idea of where it would head. The ending blew my mind. I find YA sci fi to be pretty hit or miss and this was definitely a BIG HIT for me. I can't wait for more of this series. 

    As I "read" the audiobook version, I have to take a minute to talk about how fantastic the narrators were in These Broken Stars. It was different from most audiobooks I've read before in that there were three different narrators. Each of which suited the character perfectly. Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain and Sarge Anton did an incredible job with this story. This audiobook was a complete experience and I can't recommend it highly enough. 

    Truth be told, I can't recommend the entire book highly enough, regardless of which format you choose to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Loved it!

    This was addicting

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Can't wait for the companion book to be released. I actually cri

    Can't wait for the companion book to be released. I actually cried at the end on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014


    This is one of the best books I have ever read. And I have read a LOT of books. There aren't words to describe it. It is like light and darkness and fire and ice and the storm at the heart of the sun. The plot is original and believable. It unfolds at a perfect pace and the story is riveting, keeps you interested and excited. It made me cry and fangirl and want to explode from all the emotions inside of me. The characters are beautiful. Strong and realistic and relatable. The writing is amazing. Absolutely amazing. Descriptive and I said, this book is impossible to explain. I cannot possibly tell you what I feel, I don't know how I can put my emotions into words because the words that I need do not exist. You will just have to read this book for yourself.

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