Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


When the most luxurious spaceliner in history gets yanked out of hyperspace and crashes into an unknown planet, it leaves Lilac LeRoux and Tarver Merendsen as the sole survivors of the tragedy. Two complete opposites, Lilac being the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy and Tarver, a young war hero with a simple background, the two must learn to trust each other in the harsh environment of the planet. While it seems that they’re both alone at first, it soon becomes clear that that’s not the case. And whatever it is, it’s old and desperate.

Personal Take: I knew before getting into this that it was a sci-fi book, which isn’t my cup of tea. The first few chapters were a bit of a struggle, trying to understand the level of sophistication in the futuristic world, but the authors did a great job simplifying it. Before I knew it, I was so absorbed and so addicted to both the characters and the writing style.

These Broken Stars isn’t only a YA romance. It’s so layered, and beautiful and complex, and it took its time building up to be what it is. The writers were not afraid to be daring (as one certain scene suggests), which had me guessing the whole time. I loved every moment of it.

I wouldn’t say this book is for everybody– it requires patience to appreciate the pace and details that went into it, but I do recommend it if you’re looking for something new.

Audience: Older teens, and adults.



Other recommendations: This is the first of the Starbound series, and the second is This Shattered World. I’ll definitely be checking out both authors’ work after this series concludes.

2 thoughts on “Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. Amber Elise says:

    Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi either and this book definitely ups the sci-fi element.

    I can't wait until the third book. Something tells me that it's going to be EPIC.

  2. I really really want to read this book!! I like forbidden romance and I've never read a story who took place on a ship!

    ps. I have a blog as well, both in Italian and in English. I'd love if you wanted to check that out! 😀 ->

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