Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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.


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.

– 5 out of 5 Splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

3 thoughts on “Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

  1. I'm still drooling over the cover. :PAlternating POVs seem to be popular lately and sometimes it doesn't add to the story at all. I'm glad it worked out here. Haven't had a chance to read this yet but I'm looking forward to that \”heart-breaking\” moment.


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