Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Thoughts on These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This book was not at all what I was expecting — I liked it more than I would have thought if I based by expectations off cover, description, and genres. But I did like it slightly less than if I had based them off other blogger’s reviews, which were all so glowing! 

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Series: Starbound, Book 1

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance

Format: Audiobook, narrated by Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, and Sarge Anton

Rating: 4.5 stars

Description:

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.

A timeless love story, These Broken Stars sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Review:

This book was not at all what I was expecting — I liked it more than I would have thought if I based by expectations off cover, description, and genres. But I did like it slightly less than if I had based them off other blogger’s reviews, which were all so glowing!

This book had some very unexpected twists that greatly surprised me. I would have never guessed from the description or the other reviews the turns this book would take. However, they were not necessarily bad turns, like I found in Dangerous by Shannon Hale.

These Broken Stars had a wonderful combination of genres that made for a very unique book. These included science fiction (sub genres: futuristic, dystopia, space travel, planet settling, etc.), social classes (such as elites, with a Titanic feeling in many ways), paranormal, mystery, romance, and survival.

One thing I was disappointed with was the kissing. Nothing compared to that in Young Elites by Marie Lu, which I listened to right after finishing These Broken Stars.

Something I am curious about is how the two authors collaborated in this book. This is something that has always intrigued me in books such as this. One method I found very unique was shown in Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, which is written as a letter correspondence between two girls, Kate (!) and Cecy. As explained in the author’s note, the book originated from a game the two authors played, called the Letter Game, in which two people write letters to each other as different people, trying to craft a story without telling the other person their idea. Remarkably enough, this lack of planning made for a wonderful book (probably with lots of editing). Anyway, it made me wonder how the two authors approached writing this book together, although they clearly used a different method.

To preserve the unexpected twists that made this book what it was, I’ll leave my review at that. I look forward to the rest of the series, especially in audiobook format (the narrators were very good, and I liked the combination of the three of them), and can’t wait to see how the three books will combine.

These Broken Stars has been a very popular book to review lately (well, I’m a little late myself). Any thoughts to share so we can discuss?

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This entry was posted on November 13, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , , .
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