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These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  31,462 ratings  ·  4,922 reviews
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive -- alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This book was SO GOOD. Not what I expected it to be at all! I'm excited to discuss this at the booksplosion live show. :)
Kat O'Keeffe
I loved the characters and their romance, and the mystery kept me flipping through the pages! Some aspects of the ending had me scratching my head a little, but overall I still really enjoyed this and I can't wait to read the next book in this world!
Christine Riccio
This is more of a 3.7 for me - i enjoyed it but i'm not crazy about it, here's my full booktak/review: =)
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
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
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.

Boom. Five stars.

You know why? Because I enjoyed the shit out of this book.

You want a detailed breakdown of what happens in it?

Look elsewhere.

You want me to tell you how fucking gloriously understated yet wholly satisfying this world building was?

Too bad.

You want to know why I started losing my mind 70% in?


This book is everything that makes me keep coming back to the YA category. Because sometimes, sometimes an author does it right. Kaufman and Spooner did it right.
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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 writte
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
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
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
"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
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
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.

Mandy K
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Part Titanic in space, part I Shouldn't Be Alive and part Doctor Who/The Twilight Zone, this is a sci-fi/fantasy/survivor story/romance all in one and I loved it! We start out on the glamourous Icarus, and have just enough time to get a taste for the gigantic luxury spaceliner when she is yanked from hyberspace and sucked into an unknown planets gravity. Our main characters Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merenderson end up in a crew escape pod and just barely survive the crash down to the pl
Sasha Alsberg
an amazing, truly amazing book
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!
Vane J.
DNF at 51%

God, I can't do this to myself. I kept telling myself I must have been reading the wrong book, because EVERYONE loved this, but... I just can't see why.

Many reviewers have described this as Titanic in space, and that is a great description. Thing is, this is a love story. That's all. The first time Tarver sees Lilac, he thinks she's the most beautiful girl there, and it only gets more cheesy and cliched the more I read. Ugh.

When I got to the 50% mark I stopped and asked myself: Why am
Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars

“But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possess that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?”

I went into These Broken Stars expecting a Titanic retelling. We all remember what happens at the end; Kate is a dumbass and runs after Jack, then they both get stranded and Jack freezes to death. Also, he never wins an Oscar.

But I digress. My point is, a Titanic retelling has to have at least two things: a sink sinks, and someone dies.

And guess what? No one dies. (view spoiler
ACTUALLY 2.5 stars
(i was REALLY torn between 2 and 3 stars on GR, but i decided to be nice. also i realized i gave 50 shades 2 stars, and i didn't want this book's rating to be comparable to that.)

this book in one word for me was meh. i wasn't feeling it. HOWEVER that doesn't mean you won't. lots of people love it!

i'm a little sad that almost everyone loves this book and i feel like i'm missing out. but i mean, i'm also not that sad because i'm sure i read the same book everyone else did and i
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
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
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
I really loved this, like a lot more than I was expecting to! I'll be doing a video review soon!
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
***.5 Stars***

Please Excuse the Pissed-Off Rant that follows....

Opinion of this book: STEER CLEAR!! RUN AWAY!! DO NOT READ THIS!! (IMO)

In a devastating spaceship crash, heiress Lilac LaRoux and young war hero Tarver Merendsen are deserted on an uninhabited planet. As they struggle to survive and seek a place to send out a signal to be rescued, they face a growing attraction and forbidden romance. They also uncover a huge secret about the planet that could be fatal if the intel fell int
Kristina Horner
This one is gonna leave a mark.

I went into this book not knowing much about it at all - just that it was an emotional roller coaster. That assessment was true true... 24 hours later and I am still reeling from the completion of this book. I loved the writing, I loved the intensity, and I am dying to know more about the mysterious planet they were on, what the whispers are, etc. I was a little sad to find out the sequel is about 2 entirely different people, but I'm still pumped for it anyway.
Check out the full review @My Addiction:Books

Rating: 5 STARS

My Opinion Of This Book: Loved it so much that if I could, I'd give it a billion stars!!


Beautiful cover AND beautiful book.
Okay, so this is the 2nd time that I've read this book - that's when you know it's really, really, really, good, because I rarely (like never) re-read books. But with this book, I can tell you that I'm definitely going to be re-reading in plenty of times in the f
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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
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
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