Dystopian, Fantasy, General YA, Romance, Thriller:

These Broken Stars

9 Aug 2015 by Becca, No Comments »
These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, General YA, Thriller, YA Romance
Pages: 374

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 worlds. Three love stories. One enemy. -Goodreads.com

Sometimes I have this dream where I’m walking in really heavy boots, through dense mud, while it rains.

In the dream, I know I have the objective to go somewhere, but I never actually make it there because I’m so focused on the slow-paced journey and the struggle to move forward each painstaking step.

I assume, sometime after the moments where I have already woken up and thrown myself angrily out of bed (I’m not a morning person by any standard) I would have reached the destination and stepped out onto solid ground. Hopefully, this place wouldn’t have resulted in more questions, rather than solutions.

This book was like slogging through the mud, knowing that it was going somewhere, but so painstakingly slow that I wondered if the book would end before they actually made it there.

I love the premise of a rich girl and a military man with a soft heart and southern charm, getting stranded on an unknown planet amongst the bodies of thousands of fellow passengers from the Icarus, a titanic-like space craft that was never expected to fail.

However, it was so hard to leap over the plot holes that I found myself repeating counting pages until the end, hoping some of my questions would finally be answered.

I’ve got to admit – perhaps I was a sucker for the cover.

I have been invested in The Selection by Kiera Cass lately and the book cover was similar, with an added sci-fi element. Even when I started reading the book, I felt such promise because the writers actually use rich vocabulary, as opposed to other YA books that have me leaning out of the genre all together. Additionally, the action-packed scenes at the very beginning made me believe that this book would be the fastest read of all time.

Alas, what disappointment I felt that this trek was one minor dramatic event after another, whose sole purpose was to show the development of a romantic relationship between Tarver and Lilac. If you love romance and don’t care about the actual story development, then you will like this.

**Spoiler Alert** Below This Point

If you need any explanation what-so-ever about the following, then don’t bother:

  1. Out of 50,000 people and with a spacecraft partially intact, only TWO people managed to survive?
  2. Where did the lifeforms come from (yes – those zappy ones) and why is suddenly everything hunky-dory with them in the end? Perhaps this is answered in the sequel?
  3. Why doesn’t Lilac turn into a puffy cloud of dust once her purpose has been served?
  4. Why are there no families out there wondering what happened to one of the 49,998 passengers on board? Blowing up the planet just solves everything? Nobody has questions?
  5. How could they possibly have trekked over mountains without gear? I mean.. really.

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