These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel by Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel

byAmie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Hardcover | December 10, 2013

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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 Starsis a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.
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 theSKYLARKtrilogy, currently lives just outside DC, while Amie lives in Melbourne,...
Title:These Broken Stars: A Starbound NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:December 10, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423171020

ISBN - 13:9781423171027

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I read this book cause I liked Unearthed by the same authors and really enjoyed it. I really liked the way story went and the romance in this book. If you liked Unearthed and wanted to read their earlier books you should definitely read this book.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! If you start off the book and aren't really feeling it, stick with it a while, trust me it gets better!! Starts off kind of like Titanic in space, but then quickly changes pace to be more of a Lost-style survival story. Amazing twists and character development. Lilac is the absolute most annoying character at first, but trust me she gets better haha. Loved it overall!! Good mix of mystery, romance, and sci fi! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SPACE!!!!! Started off completely not how I expected, but that ending was soooooo worth it!!!!!!!
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow but steady wins the race Wow. I cried and swooned and felt fear, happiness and everything in between. Did hear this was a good book but didn't read it until now and I've been missing out. The characters are strong, lovely, realistic, relatable. The sci fi component is out of this world. Very creative, very original and the slow reveal was all too frustrating in a good way. Worth the read.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Slow Burn If you're looking for a book that's really in the sci-fi genre, I wouldn't recommend this. If you want a slow love story that has sci-fi as the backdrop, then this would be perfect. I liked the book because I was invested in the love story that unfolded between Lilac and Tarver. Both are stubborn in their own right and I think it's nice to see how they both grow while spending more time with one another. The ending gets more interesting because while questions are answered, there are some new ones that arise and I can't wait to see what the sequel holds.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring The characters seemed flat and boring. The male lead was very unrealistic and the female lead was irritating.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was so interesting and well developed. It took a turn I would never expect which made it so different from other books I've read.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Really Enjoyed It I usually don't read a lot of Sci-fi. It just isn't what I typically enjoy, but I loved this one. I can't wait to read on in the series! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These Broken Stars This was a book that once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I loved the two main characters, Lilac and Tarver, and could really understand all their emotions and action throughout the book. It was an interesting premise and I would definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read the next two books in the series.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read of 2017 (so far)! Disclaimer: This book takes awhile to get into. I found the beginning slow going and I was kind of dreading reading the rest because it felt like a hefty book to be reading if I wasn't going to enjoy it. But man....give it a chance and give it time because it's so worth it! Without a doubt this is my favourite read of 2017 so far. First, the characters. I loved the two main characters. I can't really say anything bad about Tarver because I liked his character from the very beginning. However, initially, I really didn't like Lilac in the beginning because of some of her actions and attitudes. But wham, talk about character development. By the end, she was such an unimaginably strong and independent character. You could see small glimpses of her intelligence and personality in the beginning of the novel through her education in the mechanics of the ship, but while reading you can definitely see maturity and development of her character. Without giving too much away, the romantic element of this novel was.....incredible. Seriously. I tend to read a lot of books with romance intertwined yet the relationship between these two characters was so much more than average. Honestly, when a certain event happens in the book (you'll know if you have read the book) I sat there in disbelief and heartbreak. Part of me didn't even want to continue reading (even though I was so attached to the novel) because I couldn't imagine what was to come. Don't be surprised if you get halfway through this book and then find you cannot put it down. This is one of those books you stay up until 4am to finish because you can't put it down (that's exactly what happened to me). Part of me cannot wait to read the next novel in this series. But then again part of me can't imagine any following book to be better than this one. Definitely was surprised with how amazing this book was because I randomly picked it up without hearing anything about it. I absolutely will be recommending this book (and hopefully series) to others!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Really glad that I discovered this series, YA space adventures have become a favourite genre this past year.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only regret is I didn't read this sooner! I love it when I pick up a book I know next to nothing about and discover its this amazing gem I’ve been missing. That’s how I felt about These Broken Stars. I had heard good things and put it on my TBR with no intention of reading it anytime soon. Then I saw it was an audiobook I could listen to on Overdrive and since I needed an audio book at that moment I decided to give it a try. Immediately I liked that there were two narrators, it brings the characters to life in a way one can’t. I also felt their voices matched the characters personalities, because sometimes they don’t and it’s awkward to listen to. (IMO) There were interludes where Tarver is being interviewed and the story becomes a recounting of the events that occurred when he and Lilac were stranded on an alien planet. He sees her as a princess and he’s kind of right but she really proves there’s more to her than the first impression. It’s a little cliché when two people are stuck together and fall in love but honestly it was done so right and so beautifully. The pacing was great and the atmosphere was incredible. (The audio music helped) It felt eery and gave me goose bumps a few times. The emotions between Lilac and Tarver was electric and that twist! It was heart wrenching and I did NOT see it coming at all. I highly recommend you read These Broken Stars. Favourite Quote: “Then she smiles, and it turns out she has dimples, and it’s all over.”
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing!! There are books where the writing is phenomenal, others that paint a scene for the reader and many that do both. Then there are books that are carefully crafted, so ingeniously formatted and written and that take their readers on a journey that insights creative thought, moral questioning, heart-stopping plot twists and an overall plot that leaves a mark on your heart. That's what "These Broken Stars" does. I've read other sci-fi novels and while they too are thrilling, Kaufman takes all of the things that make a superior sci-fi novel and kicks it up to a level of planetary proportions. At the same you still have the classic elements like Tarver and Lilac, two of the most opposite beings in the universe thrown together by tragedy and forced to survive together because each has something that the other doesn't. On a planet with more questions than answers, led by something bigger than either of them it's going to take both their skills to find those answers. Along the way they will both change in strengths, comes to terms with weaknesses, learn to put faith in each other and find something that neither of them are even knew they were looking for. I can't say enough how completely thrilling it was to read this book. The interview dialogue proceeding the chapters tie everything together in an unexpected way and were a beautiful solution to weaving the plot. I would recommend this story. I would recommend this story to anyone I can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!!!!!!! I love this book so much, the bok was just so cleverly writen it was amazing to feel all the emotion.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After 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.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! Lilac, the daughter of the wealthiest man in the universe. Tarver, the son of a working class family, and war hero. Aboard the Icarus, their worlds are galaxies apart. Only when the luxury space liner is pulled out of hyper speed, they crash land on an unknown planet. The only two living survivors must find a way home and learn to help each other. Lilac is truly one high class girl. I can't understand her logic. She's bratty and snooty and it's easy for her to be cruel to push people away. Yet there's a hidden kindness to her and it slowly unravels piece by piece and I just loved how both Kaufman and Spooner worked it into this read. Tarver was an excellent male lead and I loved his quick remarks and highly intelligent observations. Especially when trudging through the unknown planet, it helped that he had the experience necessary to back it up. Their relationship was fresh and honest and completely unforgettable. I've always wanted a YA story where the two main characters disliked each other from the start and here it is! FINALLY. They also fall in love in such a gradual way that it's believable. It's also a known fact that disasters seem to heighten emotions so it wasn't so unrealistic they cared for one another.  The pacing was so perfect, I couldn't put this one down. From the beautiful slow start, to the incredibly twisted creepy moments, These Broken Stars is one sci-fi survival story that's not to be missed. A page-turner indeed!
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!!!!!!! This book was really good. I really enjoyed all the characters and the whole story and the idea of the new planet, and the weird spirit thingies in the portal. I did not see lilac's death coming but im so glad she came back because tarver was sooooo sad. This book was really well written and i really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!!!!!!! This was a great read. A beautiful blend of sci-fi and romance. The POV alternates between our heroes, Lilac and Tarver, and they just come to life in this story. In the beginning, they remind of Rose and Jack on the sinking Titanic (Titanic in space!) They're from two different places in their society but they must soon learn to work together to survive on an abandoned planet. The planet itself is one big, intriguing mystery. You never know what unusual thing is going to happen next. The ending was a great too, with an unexpected twist. Looks like this is a planned series, with the next book in the trilogy about a new couple within the same universe. Can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great sci-fi adventure! I honestly loved this book the moment I saw the cover. I mean COMMON! it is gorgeous and would make and YA fan want to read it ASAP. But then I read the synopsis and knew that I would love this book just as much as I did the cover. I am Happy to say that this book lived up to EVERY expectation i had going in. It is an epic fantasy adventure that had mystery, danger, adventure and of course, Romance. But I think what I loved the most was that the romance propelled the story forward but was not the center of everything. There were other factors that drew the characters away from their feelings and into the amazing mystery. Both characters, Lila and Tarver were amazing narrators. They each had their own motivations and their own secrets. Tarver was ashamed of his low status, and Lila was ashamed of the image she always had to keep up, when in reality she was the exact opposite. They felt like real people, people that I could get to know, and i loved that they still felt so real, when this book is very Sci-Fi oriented. That is something i love. There was only one thing I did not like about this book and that was the "twist" at the end. If you read the book I would love to hear if you agree, and you should probably know what I mean when I say "twist." I just felt like it came out of left field and left me feeling a little disconnected with both Tarver and Lila. I felt like after it happened they were not the same characters from the same story. I dont know why I felt that way, but I did, and i honestly wish that that part had not happened. Overall this book was amazing. The writing, by both authors was outstanding and I seriously cannot wait to read the sequel that will come out next year.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books These Broken Stars definitely tops my list of favourite books this year. And considering i read this in July and it didn't come out till December, I am kicking myself because now I have to wait even longer for the second book. And let me just say, These Broken Stars was absolutely phenomenal. The writing was absolutely beautiful and incredibly descriptive of the desolate and foreign planet Tarver and Lilac land on when they crash. As the sole survivors of the starship Icarus crash, that took down fifty thousand people, there isn't much to keep going for. Tarver, a soldier, and Lilac, the heiress to the wealthiest company in the galaxy do not seem like they would work well together. And for a while, they really don't. But the character progression as they learn to rely on each other and trust each other more as they go through some pretty traumatizing stuff was so perfect. The slow burn of the romance was my absolute favourite part of this book. Right away Tarver and Lilac are attracted to each other but circumstances push them apart. The middle part of the book is mostly just trekking through the planet in order to get to the crash site of the Icarus but it really gives the two the time to learn more about each other and for that slow burning romance to keep getting hotter. Once they got past all of their issues, it was SO cute! The sweet and intimate moment's between them were so adorable! It doesn't hurt the Tarver is a super sexy soldier. I loved Lilac too. She really proved herself throughout the book to be a really tough chick, despite a rocky start as pretty high maintenance. The end was a bit confusing but I won't say why because it would give a lot away. It didn't ruin the book for me or anything though. All in all, These Broken Stars was an incredibly swoony and romantic book, all tied up in an adventure story in space.
Date published: 2013-12-11

Editorial Reviews

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 clich d 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.-PW