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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner eARC {4.5 Stars}

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was a group read with a couple of friends and I am so happy it was! I was a little worried about the “pretty dress” cover syndrome, but it’s fine if it’s a real dress that is salient to the book :D. I was reading These Broken Stars during the time that I was preparing for my qualifying oral exam (ie big scary time where three professors interrogate you!), so it took me a grand four days to finish instead of the one or two I’m sure it would have if my brain wasn’t fizzling out ;-). These Broken Stars has so many wonderful sci-fi elements along with a cute YA romance, doesn’t get better! :D

Note: I received and ARC of These Broken Stars through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may be different in the final version.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner eARC {4.5 Stars}

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner (Starbound #1)
Published by Hyperion Books on December 10th, 2013
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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.

4.5 Stars


  • I have long been waiting for a sci-fi story to go where These Broken Stars goes. I seriously was so excited when I realized that it really was going to go there :D. Of course I can’t give any spoilers, so you’ll have to find out what I mean for yourself ;-).
  • The romance of These Broken Stars is both sweet and saucy ;-). There is a nice slow build, even though you know it’s coming, and given the setting it’s completely realistic. Getting both POV makes it all the more entertaining since you kind of just want to bonk the lovebirds’ heads together.
  • There are a couple creepy moments that gave me goosebumps, but not so much that I was really scared. I just had to keep reading to find out what was going on!
  • So many feels D: Have your tissue box ready! But there are happy feels too :D
  • I always enjoy a good philosophical puzzle, and These Broken Stars raises a couple, so enjoy!


  •  In retrospect, These Broken Stars had a fairly convenient ending, which made me pout a bit, but I’m excited to read the next Starbound book anyway!


Love love love These Broken Stars! I’m super excited to see YA and classic sci-fi mixing and mashing. Space ships and mysterious planets and mysterious moons oh my! Basically if you are even a bit interested in a mysterious planet investigation, you have to pick up These Broken Stars. You will not regret it!

4.5 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya


 These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

© 2013, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I am glad you liked it! I was really on the fence about this book, but your review convinced me! Thank you!

  2. You sold me with saying that the romance develops realistically. SO many don’t, and it drives me nuts. I don’t want a Disney romance :-P

  3. I felt the exact same way about the convenient ending but definitely did love this book! I’m so excited for all the good the late ’13/early ’14 YA Sci-Fi releases :)

  4. I actually quite enjoyed this book, and it got me reading again after a bit of a book “slump”! I’m usually pretty wary of books that blatantly market their romantic subplot (as well as books with dual POVs), but I was pleasantly surprised by the way the book handled these elements.

    • An excellent one to pull you out of a reading slump! I agree about the romantic plots, but it really worked for me because they were stranded I think, haha

  5. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    This book sounds really interesting the more I read about I was a bit hesitant because of the dress, not going to lie. But if it’s actually relevant to the story.. that’s okay! Good to see that you loved it and it was something you have been waiting for from Sci fi!

    • I know right?? I’m so anti-dress covers, but she ends up stuck in this green dress for most of the book ya know?

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        Yes, that would make it much more bearable. I will admit I like the covers for The Selection series though.. And she is also in dresses all the time, so they are relevant to the book.

        • Haha, fair. I’m generally not a cover dress fan… I have bad associations with what audience publishers are targeting with those covers >.>

  6. i cannot wait until i can get my hands on this!! i read the summary of the book last year on goodreads and have been waiting ever so patiently for this book to come out since!!

  7. So glad you enjoyed this one too! The creepy moments gave me goosebumps too; I’m not a huge fan of dual POVs, but I loved them in this book! :) I’m really excited for the next book in the trilogy. Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  8. I am so excited for this book! Sci-fi YA is becoming one of my favorite genres. Your review was excellent and making it even harder to wait for December!
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  9. I’m in the midst of reading it myself! I just had to put it aside to finish up The Lair tonight but now I can dive right back in. Course I must read NOS4A2 soon – so much to read ….so little time. I’m so glad you loved it so much. I am already loving it as well and I think I’m only like 50 pages in!
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  10. I was kind of doubtful on this one too. Mainly the pretty dress cover…they suck me in, but almost always disappoint. I’m always on the lookout for good sci-fi, though, so I’ll give it a chance after all. Your review convinced me :D

    • Don’t doubt! I agree, the pretty dresses betray, but this is very much awesome sci-fi that is just wrapped in a YA-attracting package ;-)

  11. I love this book so much that even though I read the digital ARC, I pre-ordered the book (from Malaprops bookstore in Asheville, NC b/c if you’re one of the first 300 to order, you get a signed poster!). I called it Titanic/Gilligan’s Island/Star Trek.
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  12. Very happy feels indeed! I just finished reading and reviewed it as well <3
    Such a good book!

  13. Yay, great review!! Your first bullet point? It’s um… the thing I was talking about the other day… But I couldn’t see that you’d marked this book as read on BookLikes, so I didn’t want to give anything away. BUT that’s the thing that basically sold me on this book so hard. I mean, I was already loving it by that point, but that just completely pushed me over the edge into raving fanatic. :D
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    • HAHA! Then yes, I have read it! Booklikes annoys me with that problem since it doesn’t seem all that straightforward to figure that sort of thing out *sigh* But yes, omg, so happy, so excited, can’t wait to see what they write next!

  14. kelpeterson says:

    I confess, the (humongous) pretty dress had me running for the hills, but I’ve read a few reviews now and am willing to give it a try. As long as the romance makes sense, isn’t needlessly dramatic/complicated and takes backseat to a bigger, more important plot, I think this may be a high scorer in terms of stars. :)

    • Gah I’m so behind on comments, but I must respond to this one immediately ;-). The plot is AMAZING, everything I’ve ever wanted from a sci-fi YA, so you must read it :D

  15. Huzzah, so glad you like it! Love slow burn romances, really looking forward to this! :)

  16. Yay! I’ve got this on my library list, so I’m glad you liked it! I’m excited to get my hands on it now :)


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