Book Review: These Broken Stars
Authors: Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman
Series : Starbound Trilogy (Book #1)
Length: 374 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
My Rating: ★★½☆☆
Here's the thing about this book, I really wanted to like it. I've heard from so many people that it was surprisingly good and blew away their expectations. Let me tell you... I was not impressed.
These Broken Stars is a young adult science fiction romance novel. Going into this, I thought that the emphasis would be on the science fiction part. This is not the case. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen happen to both be on a luxury spacecruiser (named Icarus... lol), when suddenly it gets pulled out of hyperspace and crash lands on a semi-terraformed planet. Lilac, a spoiled rich girl whose father is the richest man in the universe, and Tarver, a young gritty soldier, have to survive together on this planet while they wait to get rescued.
During this time, you learn the depths of Lilac's stupidity. She's stubborn, makes insanely dumb decisions, and is just all around a really annoying character. Let me give you an example... Lilac decides to show Tarver how "tough" she is by insisting on wearing her high heeled shoes through the jungle (oh, and her ball gown), which ends up giving her horribly mangled feet. As if this was not bad enough, Tarver- a war veteran and trained soldier, is somehow impressed by this. WHAT? I won't even go into how this somehow spawns the world's cheesiest YA romance ever. Trust me, I thought I was going to injure myself with the eye-rolling that was happening.
Aside from the annoying characters, the plot of this story is laughable at best. No seriously, I was literally laughing at parts. At some point it becomes almost identical to the storyline of LOST. I do have to give it credit though because it was interesting enough that I wanted to continue and find out what happens. By the time the story wrapped up, I had just a lot more questions about how this ending would even work. Maybe it is explained in the next book in the series, but I doubt that since that one (This Shattered World) is about entirely different characters.
Suffice to say, I'm not interested in continuing with this series. It was bearable enough to get through, but unless you are 15 (or are into teen romance), I doubt you will enjoy it. Let me know if you have read this, what are your thoughts?