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These Broken Stars Hardcover – 23 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HYPERION; 1st edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423171020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423171027
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book reminds me why I love reading so much.' - readingaftermidnight.com

'...clearly shows that there is no such thing as a utopian society… I cannot compare the story in itself to anything that I have ever encountered before.' - Cuckoo Review" This was the sort of book that I stayed up reading far too late, and neglected important things in order to finish it. Utterly compelling from the opening pages, I was quickly sucked in to the survival situation Tarver and Lilac find themselves in.quot - --The Bookbag --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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You may well be looking at this book because of it's cover art. I know that's one of the things that drew me in. This book is beautiful inside and out. It has excellent world building that allows you to visualise the planet they're on but also to understand a little about the wider universe they live in without overwhelming you with information. For most of the book there are only two characters, Lilac and Tarver so I think the fact that I didn't get bored of reading about them and their evolving relationship really tells you how well these characters are written. Their relationship isn't easy to begin with and you find yourself siding with both of them on different issues especially as the chapter point of view alternates between the two of them.
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So when you look at how long people had been waiting for this book I guess you could say I found out about it pretty late on the grand scheme of things. I think that's because of the time I had to take out of blogging, which also meaning avoiding the blogs because that just what I did. Anyway when I first heard about this book I wont lie, the summary sounded good but it was the cover that had me interested, it is so friggin pretty that if I was giving the chance, I really would frame it and hang it in my house (I'm not sure how much my OH would like that, book he would just have to put up with it haha)

This book is a dual POV book and it works so well (I may be biased because I love books from different point of vies). The first character we have Tarver Merendsen, a solider who who is seemingly nothing more important than that, not coming from a wealthy family his status in the army is what gets him noticed. And he's ok with that. Then we have Lilac LaRoux, a socialite and the one and only child of Roderick LaRoux, one of the most powerful men in the galaxy. From the start both characters play the people the passers by's persevere them as. Lilac a spoilt little rich girl and Tarver the war hero. Until their paths cross on Icarus one of LaRoux Industries ships, and a prestige one at that. Tarver has no idea who Lilac is, or he wouldn't be chatting her up, Lilac on the other hand knows who he is but plays innocent. After all it is only a harmless conversation with someone she'll never see again, or so she thought.
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I enjoyed 'These Broken Stars', and despite being reminded of the old film, 'Forbidden Planet' throughout the middle section of this book, it felt fresh and new.

The book alternates its chapters between the male and female leads, Tarver and Lilac, with each speaking in the first person. Each pair of chapters is then followed by a brief series of questions that appear to be Tarver being de-briefed by some sort of military types *after* the mission - and hence it's no spoiler to say that we know from the start that Tarver, at least, escapes the planet.

This is a romance in a sci-fi setting, rather than a sci-fi story with lots of romance. It does have action scenes, and some, particularly the initial disaster, are striking. Other dramas get a bit lost because we hear Tarver and Lilac's thoughts in so much detail, that the action is almost in slow-motion. It also means that we see a lot of the romance developing via the contents of Tarver and Lilac's heads, rather than via interaction and dialogue. I didn't realise I'd miss the emergence of a relationship from an observer's perspective so much. Is there such a thing as knowing too much about your characters?

Now I've had chance to digest the book, enjoyable romance aside, I think the most effective part is those brief pages where Tarver is questioned after the event. Some of the questions are downright creepy and some are peculiar; they allow us to guess more more about the hidden characters, such as Lilac's father, and it's impossible not to dread this sinister man. I guess we'll hear more about him in the next two books in the trilogy.

An additional point: this book actually has an ending, unlike so many YA/paranormal trilogies, where there's a huge cliffhanger at the end, and - if you've bought the book hot off the presses - you then have to wait two years to get the end of the tale. I'm REALLY glad this one doesn't do that.
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Originally posted at https://leocristea.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/these-broken-stars-by-meagan-spooner-and-amie-kaufman-starbound-1/

These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the first in a trilogy of YA space-faring love stories, which ultimately brings two people together against overwhelming odds and through the vastness of both space and human nature. But These Broken Stars is more than just a YA romance—so much more. It’s atmospheric and engaging and incredibly compelling, with a vast range of scope for the rest of the series to come.

Meet Lilac LaRoux, daughter of insanely rich CEO of LaRoux Industries, savvy and classy and utterly trapped inside her golden cage. Enter Tarver, prodigy solider and ranking officer, promoted on the field and respected for his climb through the ranks. Their worlds are about to collide.

Aboard a luxurious space liner, Lilac is listless, surrounded by people she shouldn’t really talk to (especially boys) and Tarver is curious. Lilac thinks it’s impossible that Tarver doesn’t know who she is, but he talks to her as if her father isn’t who he is and she’s just a normal girl. But, however drawn to the handsome, charming soldier Lilac is, she doesn’t get choose who she talks to. It’s safer if she rebukes him and moves on. She knows this. She’s been here before.

Of course after this is when the accident happens. Of course after she’s played her spoilt little rich girl act she’d end up alone with him, on a strange planet and with no way of contacting home.

Tarver doesn’t have the time for venomous little girls who’d sooner turn their nose up at him than talk to her. He’s a solider, he’s done too much to suffer her rich girl attitude.
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