Saturday, 5 September 2015

Review: These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Written by: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 374
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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 than 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 stop. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.

These Broken Stars has so many things going for it, brilliant concept, gorgeous cover and incredible characters, but for some reason, even though I did love it, it fell slightly flat. The story itself gives off a somewhat Titanic-esque vibe, with added amounts of survival and a slow burning romance thrown into the mix. And summing it up, I loved the beginning and middle parts but when it came to the ending I was just not feeling it. In other words, the ending, instead of tying the story up in this epic conclusion, for me felt as though it was sinking the story into the depths of slow and pointless-ville. 
"You don't mention death when it's hovering near someone you love. You don't want to attract the reaper's attention."
Yet the pros of this story definitely outweigh the cons. Essentially just by looking at the characters you can see the brilliance. They both exude strength and badassary, from the the first couple of chapters. You want them to survive, you want them to win and you want them to have their happily ever after. I couldn't find one fault with either main character because each had an underling depth that just called out to be seen. They tugged on my heartstrings and made me feel like they were worth fighting for, which is what ever hero needs in an epic story, someone rooting for them.
"How do you live again, knowing what waits for you in the end?"
Overall, It kills me that I can't give These Broken Stars a full five stars but the ending of the story fell a little flat for me. The pacing slowed and not much happened until it was all thrown in and rushed till the end chapter. For me, I just couldn't get the maximum level of enjoyment out of the story because I didn't care for the ending of it. Nevertheless, the first two parts of the story more than made up for it. Plus if we add in the beautiful characters then it really lessened the blow. So to round it up, These Broken Stars radiates an amazing science fiction read with a gorgeous heroic romance, that will surely multiply within the series.

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)