I had no idea what to expect when I read These Broken Stars (co-authored by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) because I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. But WOW OH WOW. It was just incredible. It was exciting and sassy and flawless. I constantly hear it pitched as “The Titanic In Space” and basically – yes. It’s about space-ship crashes and survival and a hate-turn-love romance that makes me squeak with intense feelings. And have you seen that cover?! THAT DRESS!? Easily one of my most favourite covers of ever. I would recommend this book to every human, alien, and stray cat.
So go read it.
NO WAIT! Finish my review first, because I have more things to rave and flail about.
It’s set in space, so we get all the epic futuristic technology and starry descriptions. I love the thought of massive spaceships with their laser guns and soldiers and technology. What I didn’t know, when I picked it up, was how heavily it featured survival. It’s only partially about space things — but mostly, our two protagonists are fighting through an uninhabited planet jungle, trying to survive and be rescued. Since I’ve grew up devouring Gary Paulson’s Hatchet trilogy, this was so my thing.
Let’s discuss the characters! I loved them. It’s dual narrated by Lilac and Tarver.
- Lilac LaRoux: she’s a “princess” — rich and snobbish, but such a sweetie underneath. Her father basically controls the galaxy (money, peoples, money is everything) and he dotes on her. Usually I find the “snob” character unlikeable and I don’t care about them. But not Lilac! She was interesting and relatable and I found it so easy to feel for her.
- Major Tarver Merendsen: He’s the epic, young, and war-hero. Except that he’s extremely sarcastic. His humour was awesome! I loved how he was frustrated out of his mind with Lilac’s princess ways, but he was never cruel to her. I love how he kept being a gentleman – no matter what the circumstances. His voice is very different to Lilac’s too, which is super important in dual-narrated books. I loved BOTH their chapters and can’t even pick a favourite!
What I loved most about Tarver and Lilac is – they hated each other! It’s hilarious. Of course, they don’t stay that way, but they’re so snarky at the beginning.
“Where will I sit?”
Sit? Why, on this comfortable chaise lounge I’ve carried here for you in my pocket, Your Highness, so glad you asked. I clamp my mouth shut, struggling not to say it aloud.
Between each chapter is a snippet of Tarver being interrogated. I loved these! My only criticism is: some of them sounded the same. But Tarver really gives his interrogators a hard time and it’s hilarious.
“Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?”
“How am I supposed to answer that question?”
The ending will blow your mind! It has a plot twist that basically knocked me over — and I loved it so so much. The writing is amazing and flows perfectly and, basically, I can say no evil about this delicious book.