These Broken Stars, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (30 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781423171027

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THESE BROKEN STARS was a book I just couldn't put down. I was immediately intrigued about a story of the daughter of the richest man in the universe and the simple soldier who was also a war hero. Their first meeting on the massive ship Icarus built and owned by her father certainly wasn't auspicious. Well, actually their first meeting was - eyes meeting across a crowded room, kind of thing. It was the second meeting that went wrong. In order to protect Tarver from any actions her father might instigate, she rather brutally rebuffs his attempt to get to know her. He goes away convinced that she is a heartless human.They next meet again when the Icarus suffers an accident and they need to make their way to a lifeboat. They end up in the same crew lifeboat where she is the one who finds a way to get the lifeboat away from the Icarus. They crash land on a terraformed planet that is strangely empty. They are apparently the only survivors of the accident. As a matter of fact, they see the Icarus come down on the planet.The two of them have to survive though both are injured in the crash. They also have to make their way to the larger crash site so that, when rescuers finally arrive, they will be found. The descriptions of their journey were fascinating as was their slowly growing friendship. Then the friendship turned to love. Besides the difficult journey, things get more complicated as they try to understand why the planet is deserted. And even more complicated when Lilac starts hearing voices. Is she hallucinating because of head injuries or is something really out there?I liked that the chapters alternated between Tarver's and Lilac's points of view. I also really liked the short interregnums between the chapters that recounted the "interview" that Tarver was undergoing after they were finally rescued. I can't wait to read books 2 and 3 in this wonderful, well-written science fiction romance.

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I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. It was a very well done young adult science fiction with action, adventure, mystery, and romance. It was super hard to put down. The second book in this series will be titled This Shattered World, will follow a new star-crossed couple, and is set to release in late 2014.Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest man in the universe and has a strangely in-depth knowledge of electronics. Tarver Merendsen is a young and very highly decorated war hero. When disaster strikes they find themselves in the same escape capsule and sole survivors of a horrible disaster. They think they are alone on this planet they’ve crashed on, but things aren’t adding up. As more and more strange things start happening, Lilac and Tarver know one thing is true, if they ever escape from this planet they will be very different people from whom they were when they arrived.This is an incredibly gripping and compelling novel about space travel gone very wrong. It is also a sweet star-crossed romance about two people who find out that a person is much more than the initial impressions you get from them.The writing is spectacular, very lush and descriptive. The scenes really come alive and the characters are incredibly engaging. I enjoyed the writing style a lot and was impressed at how lyrical the writing was.Most of the story revolves around Lilac and Tarver. Lilac is a rich girl, but she has more depth to her than that. She has an unprecedented amount of knowledge around hyperspace travel and is incredibly adept with electronics. However, she is not a survivalist. When she meets Tarver on the spaceship she is drawn to his openness and sense of humor. When she first finds herself stranded with Tarver, her only thought is to protect this man from the wrath of her father.Tarver is a decorated war hero, who is drawn to Lilac’s openness and beauty. That is until he finds out who she is and realizes he doesn’t have a chance in hell, at least he doesn’t think so. He alternates between impressed with Lilac’s skill and frustrated with her attitude. He is a skilled survivalist and definitely a hero at heart. He was a bit too goody, goody for me. Yet, he was still an engaging and complex character.The mystery behind the planet they land on is fascinating. Lilac is being haunted by images and voices from dead people that were on the ship. At first Tarver thinks she’s nuts, but when one of these voices saves their lives...he begins to reconsider. Watching Lilac and Tarver unravel the mystery behind this planet and the implications on the universe as a whole was really fun. Seriously this was some edge of the seat stuff here and made the book very hard to put down.The book was well written and well suited to young adult readers. There is implied sex, some gross stuff (especially when they raid the ship for supplies), but it is all well done and all appropriate for a young adult age range.The story is tied up very nicely, in a way that will leave readers feeling happy and good. The writing was fantastic and the book was a joy to read. There is a heavy science fiction element to the story, but it’s lighter than a hard core sci-fi novel, so it’s easily accessible for a wider range of readers.Overall a fantastic young adult science fiction novel. There are a lot of elements to the story that are well balanced. There is adventure, survival, mystery, science fiction, and romance elements. The characters have to solve a rather large mystery to survive their crash and be rescued. There is also quite a bit of star-crossed romance, but it was very sweet and well done. I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to see what This Shattered World will be like. Highly recommended to fans of young adult books, especially science fiction.

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Since I read an ARC of this book, I don't want to give a review that will give out even small hints of spoilers. So I'll just say that I fell in love with Tarver in the beginning and it took me a little while to like Lilac but she did grow on me when she pulled the stick out of her rear end :). The dual POV's worked out beautifully and I feel like I got a well rounded view of both characters. The way their personalities shifted and changed as the book went on was on point and mostly believable. I only have one small issue with how their relationship progressed in the end but I won't go into detail yet because spoilers. <br/><br/>All in all, it was a great read, very well written. Given the circumstance of about 90% of the book, there was room for the pacing to drop and get boring and dull but Amie and Meagan did a great job of keeping the ball moving and the pacing wound up being smoother than a babies bottom. <br/><br/>Coming here to write a review, I noticed that this is the first book in a series which shocked me given this book was so well wrapped up. I'm curious to see what Amie and Meagan have up their sleeves for the next installment.

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This is an exciting new book that I see is scheduled to be part of a trilogy. This sci-fi story has action, romance, great characters and a plot of twists and suspense.Lilac, the daughter of the richest man in space and Tarver, a heroic soldier both survive the catastrophic demise of their space ship liner. The escape pod crash lands on an unknown planet where they must rely on each other to find a way home.Despite the attraction Lilac feels towards Tarver, she knows that upon rescue, they will never to allowed to speak again. BOth characters are fighting each day for their lives and hope of rescue and the next, they are wondering upon rescue how they will return back to the lives they once led.One chapter will be told from Lilac's perspective and then the next, from Tarver's. The book opens with Tarver being interrogated by officials on his time on the planet. I kept wanting to race ahead to find out more. At the end of most chapters, the reader gets a bit details of the interrogation and it actually makes the book very suspenseful. Great read and can't wait to read the rest!I received a complimentary copy from

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I am AMAZED by this book! Not only did it blow me away but I want MORE!!Plot: The plot is pretty similar to what I have read before, but it’s the characters that really make this story a win. A rich girl and boy from the streets. An unlikely pair, fated in an accident that has more secrets that you can ever imagine. I really love watching this plot unfold chapter after chapter. The reader gets a good insight of the world that is being built around them, allowing the reader to become one with the story. For a moment while reading, I really felt like I was in space and trying to survive.Love/Friendship: This area of the story is the best part. The point of views do switch from Lilac and Tarver but they both mesh/flow so seamlessly well. Each pov gives the reader a deeper connection with the characters. It’s like the more I read, the more I know the characters.Space: Space movies always seem to capture me and so this book did just the trick. I was amazed at the world created. The rich and the poor. The hypocrisy of who the characters are presented as and who they really are. From the grand parties, to the survival on an island, secrets are exposed and kept me at the edge of my seat.This is an awesome and amazing book that I can’t not wait to re-read. It presents a solid plot filled with lots of action and excitement that you can not put the book down. These Broken Stars is fast-paced, adventure filled book that you want to read ASAP. Set down and buckle yourself in, your in for a ride of a lifetime!

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