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These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  16,887 ratings  ·  2,874 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion (first published November 20th 2013)
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Here's what you need to know:

-- This story is incredibly original, and unlike any other scifi book I've ever read before. Leaps and bounds above most YA science fiction for sure, and with an interesting mood/tone that you don't often find in this genre.

-- Much of the book is also a survival story, so if you like that sort of thing (as I do!), this one will probably interest you.

-- The writing is terrific. Don't let the "Titanic in space" idea fool you; while technically true (and a spe...more
Emily May
I am crazy minority lady :(

Let me break down my thought process on this book from the very first time I noticed it on goodreads because somewhere along the way something went really really wrong. Just a quick scroll down the GR page and I can see all my friends' ratings of five or four stars... but the attraction is lost on me.

1) The description appears on goodreads. We are promised science fiction and space and "a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain". A setting in space, a story...more
Kat Kennedy
I can't review this yet. I quite liked it, yet don't know how to describe it.

I know I read it instead of doing Buzz Worthy News, which is a big no-no for me. But I just couldn't help myself. And whilst I won't give anything away, I finished it like I had a spell over me.

"It was nice, ya know? Just real nice..."

Review to come closer to release date.
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
This is a wilderness waiting to swallow me; I’d barely make a dent trying to fight it. There are no rules for me to learn, no points to be scored, no bluffs to be called. This is a hell I’ve never imagined.
And I think I’m going to die here.
A lot of people have been calling this an intergalactic Titanic, and while there are certain similarities, particularly in the beginning of the book, the parallels to that doomed cruise liner ends there. I really liked this book. This is a beautifully written...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won a copy of this ARC from Disney Publishers, and I haven't gotten a chance to read it until now. What a mistake. This is by far my favorite YA read from 2013.

These Broken Stars, written by the duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, takes us to space aboard a massive luxury ship, similar to the Titanic. We immediately meet our two main characters-- Tarver, a solider, and Lilac, the daughter of the richest and most powerful man in the universe. Right away, something happens to the ship, and the...more
Molli Moran
** Look for my tour stop (hosted by The Midnight Garden) on the blog on 11/25/13 and a chance to enter an awesome THESE BROKEN STARS giveaway! **

5 stars simply isn't enough. Terrific world-building, heart-stopping action, poignant romance, and two of the best written characters I've ever come across.


THESE BROKEN STARS = TITANIC in space. Thus, Tarver = Jack Dawson, and Lilac = Rose.

Let's meet Lilac, aboard the Icarus:

This is Lilac at the beginning of THES...more
I probably read the wrong book.

That cover…that blurb…that promising romance…

A DNF. At 49%.


I wanted so bad to enjoy this in order to buy it in hardcover and have it in my library and admire it day and night. (Very slightly exaggerating.) The thing is, I am not one to buy books only for their beautiful cover. I have to like (of preference love) the actual story.

Except for the writing, nothing worked for me.

The pacing had such a slow speed that I just couldn’t continue. I always waiting for somethi...more
"That's All" Ash
Good job, Disney!

4-star book.

2-star ending.

Kind of like Miley Cyrus.

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It’s a futuristic sci/fi fantasy book. And the rudiment of the story is that the richest girl in the galaxy gets stranded on a planet with a military boy. So, we’ve all read this story before, right? It’s one that has been done over and over and over again. But the thing with These Broken Stars is that there’s actually a lot of originality in this book! It’s co-written by two brilliant ladies, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner...more
Guys! This is not a story about a girl flying in space in a dress! That's only in the first chapter. I swear!

Actually, most of this book is a survival story. After a crash land on an anonymous planet, Tarver and Lilac have to find a way to get along and stay alive amongst the wild animals and Lilac's questionable state of mind. It's not a fast paced read, but rather a slow trek on this mysterious planet full of whispers, visions, ghosts, and other bizarre happenings. This is what keeps it comple...more
Sep 24, 2013 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I've been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns--this book has it all!
This is not your typical science fiction book – if anything, it is more of a romance. While the opening chapters are excitingly reminiscent of Voyage of the Damned – wonderfully building on the Titanic-in-space idea – the novel as a whole focuses far less on the intricacies of the world-building and the complexity of the bigger picture, and far more on its two protagonists and their constantly developing relationship. It’s largely character-driven, and connecting with Lilac and Tarver is key to...more
Faye, la Patata
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my thoughts in any way.

These Broken Stars may just be one of those books that are hard to describe and review about. I'm not even sure if I could write a decent introductory paragraph, but let's just put it this way: when I was young, I loved playing Role Playing Games (RPGs) on the Playstation. Final Fantasy, Tales of, Suikoden... you name it. However, there was this one game series that I loved above all: Star Ocean. Sure...more
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4.5 stars

Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

“She’s not looking at me and seeing a 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.”

I'm rather surprised by These Broken Stars. Sure, I expect...more
This book reminds me why I love reading so much.

...How trilling it is to dive into a new story, a new world, new lives and new adventures that leave me breathless every time!

This was such an unusual & original story! I have nothing to measure it against. It was nothing like I thought it would be. The world building is awesome, the action is trilling, the characters are strong and determined, the turnarounds made me tear a bit and the ending left me full of hope.

THESE BROKEN STARS tells a...more
Ash Wednesday
I want to believe I'm more than imaginary smoke drifting from an imaginary chimney.

Everybody's comparing this to Titanic because of the protagonists and the setting of a cruise ship in space and I don't know about you, but I hated that movie. And I'm a little bit offended on behalf of the authors when what I found myself thinking while reading this was that if JJ Abrams wrote a book, this is not what he would come up with.

Because JJ Abrams DID write make a book and this is how it looks...more
Steph Sinclair
More of a 3.5, I think.

These Broken Stars is going to be a hit or miss for a lot of people because it’s a survival book that has the characters walking through the wilderness almost the entire book. I usually hate books like these since it can get very boring. So, for me, I feel listening to the audiobook version of this book was a good decision. It has three narrators and they all did a marvelous job keeping me entertained as Tarver and Lilac wandered and wandered and wandered. The thing I lov...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

These Broken Stars is an absolutely stunning debut. I read this in four hours, unable to even change the repeating playlist on my iPod as my fingers were too occupied, flipping page after page. Ever since reading Sara Creasy’s space-opera duology earlier this year, I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed that the science-fiction genre would take the plunge into terraforming planets. Thus, for me, These Broken Stars is both science-fiction and young adult at their finest. It brings...more

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I completely lost my mind while reading this book. To be honest, I was a little nervous going into These Broken Stars, thinking I might not like it. Not because it didn't seem like my type of book (it absolutely does), but because of all the hype. Every blogger and their grandmothers seemed to be raving about this one, especially the bloggers I trust. Which, conversely, made me more worried I wouldn't l...more
The following review was originally published at Book Probe Reviews.

These Broken Stars is a pleasant young adult space opera. However, despite everything about These Broken Stars (cover, synopsis) indicating it as science fiction, contemporary-romance readers will be more drawn to the novel. Readers that enjoy well-crafted science fiction of the space variety, fast pacing, relentless action, and a moving plot that may generate enough energy to keep itself in orbit, might want to look elsewhere—t...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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I came into These Broken Stars thinking it was going to be a sci-fi story, but instead it was a classic romance, with a heavy survival focus.

Tarver and Lilac first meet on a ship called the Icarus, where he’s drawn to her sharpness and good looks and she’s bemused by his lack of knowledge about who she is. Tarver is a celebrated soldier while Lilac is the daughter of the most powerful and richest man in the galaxy, and they h...more
Disclaimer: After more than two months of not writing a review and blogging I'm not sure I'd be able to give justice to any good books I've read much more to something totally as spectacular as These Broken Stars. So this review might be a little bit rusty but hopefully it would be convincing enough to make you want read this book - because this book is seriously fan-freaking-tastic! See, it made me want to blog/review back. That should say a lot! Lol!

I've been waiting for this book since May l...more
Jodi Meadows
My official comments:

With rich, complex characters and a dynamic--and dangerous--new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me. I can't wait to see where Amie and Meagan take this story next!

My unofficial comments:

It's sooooo pretty! You must read this one!
Sasha Alsberg
an amazing, truly amazing book
I really like dystopia and science fiction novels. Put in a decent love story and a mystery the main characters have to solve and it should be a real winner. Despite the freaking cover that I most certainly did not like and it being marketed as "If you like The Selection”, I was persuaded by the 4 and 5 star reviews to give it a try.

On my path to finally enjoy this piece of space opera there were obstacles to overcome: Apparently there are hundreds of people who got approved for an ARC. I was n...more
Initial Thoughts: Beautifully done. No insta-love, no angst. Just two young adults stuck on a planet and doing what they need to do to survive.

The Review:
These Broken Stars surprised me. I'll admit that I was dangerously close to setting the book aside. Just as I was ready to do so, things began to happen - fast.

These Broken Stars is a survival story first, a love story second. Two characters from remarkably different backgrounds are marooned on a mysterious planet, the sole survivors of a hug...more
April 2, 2012: This sounds like an original and romantic concept. I'm gonna need this now.

July 25, 2013: I got it from NetGalley. Thank you, Disney Hyperion! My precious...

May 11, 2014: I finally got around to reading this book, which I was super excited about. I liked it. The only comment I really want to make here is about its "young adult" categorization. Yes, the main characters are teenagers. However, the story would have worked just as well if they had been in their mid-twenties. Perhaps i...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
When I started These Broken Stars, I think I was expecting something along the lines of Beth Revis' Across the Universe series. I liked the first two books in that series, but I haven't been compelled to complete the trilogy, though that may have something to do with the cover re-design mid-series and my ownership of the first two books with the old cover. But I digress. These Broken Starsfar surpassed any previous held notions about the book, and if I had the next two companion novels in my pos...more
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