Review: These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1), by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner • Published by Disney Hyperion • ★★★½ • Goodreads
10% into this pretty novel, I was hit by a 'blast into the past' with the strong Titanic vibes it was oozing, but in a good way. Of course, that was all to those feels as we proceeded to extraterrestrial life. I feel better calling the aliens mentioned in These Broken Stars extraterrestrial life, rather than aliens, because that word seems to have been ruined by Hollywood (Google 'alien' and you barely get anything not remotely scary).

The subtle injections of signs of extraterrestrial life when Lilac and Tarver crash-landed was some master storytelling, as it slowly evolved into something bigger than I expected. I think These Broken Stars border on parallel universes too, much like Gretchen McNeil's 3:59, but less creepy and more beautiful. I wish we got to know more about those beings, but it seems I would need to continue the series to know more.

I love the growth of relationship between Lilac and Tarver, even though the beginning of their encounter was pretty awkward, but in all honesty, it is supposed to be awkward, considering their identities. I also like that Lilac encounter with the poor man in the tuxedo seems to serve as nothing for this novel, but it gives a hint at the future stories in the series. ;) Sneaky! Also, I'm still not convinced Lilac will not disintegrate, even with the surge of energy.

That said, there was not enough going on in These Broken Stars or at least, nothing exciting for me to be blown away. The best part of the novel for me was discovering intriguing extraterrestrial lives and the horror they were being subjected to. It is a pretty easy book to breeze through!

Additionally, the Starbound trilogy also reminded me of the For Darkness Shows the Stars series, where book one and two seemed to be separate stories with some points that overlap, but if I need to compare both (which I've only read the first book), I'd say I'm more invested in continuing the Starbound trilogy!


  1. Well, I'm glad you seemed to enjoy this a little bit, even if there was not enough going on. I actually talked to Maraia about this book earlier in the week and she said something similar - that it was a romance pretending to be fantasy and that there wasn't enough plot going on. I already own a copy of this one, though, so even though I'm not huge on romance I think I'll give it a go. Hopefully the "aliens" can keep me engaged!

  2. Hahahaha, I was just about to write this, but you beat me to it! :D The first book at least has likeable characters, so it wasn't bad. The next set is a bit boring, but maybe it was just the slow-as-molasses audio.

  3. I was definitely waiting for something (anything!) to happen as boy and girl traipse through various terrains of nothing but nature... I really felt like I was watching Titanic, in which I lost interest after the ship sank... and in These Broken Stars, after the ship went down, I'm like... okay. But of course more stuff happened. :P Just like how Granny "Rose" is found. xD (I definitely only bought this because of the cover.)

  4. Darn it, way to motivate me to read the next book, Maraia! :P

  5. Oops? I hope you do end up liking it. Just don't try the audiobook, haha. :D


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