These Broken Stars
By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
This sci/fi novel surrounds two teenagers who come from very different backgrounds. Lilac is a rich high society girl and daughter to the wealthiest and most powerful man in the universe, while Tarver is a war hero from a poor family who came from the outskirts of the universe. Tarver and Lilac are traveling on the same space ship together and end up in the same escape pod when the ship malfunctions and crashes.
Being the only survivors on a very unfamiliar planet, Lilac must depend on Tarver to keep them safe despite the rocky start to their relationship. Both characters have preconceived and judgmental opinions of the other, but neither can deny the strength and perseverance of the other as doubt creeps in as to whether they will ever be rescued. They also begin to discover clues as they move through the wreckage that reveals a seediness about some of the people they once knew. As the characters work together it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems and the society they were familiar with has a much darker underbelly then they could have imagine.
Review: I found These Broken Stars to be an okay book. I was definitely entertained but I wasn’t especially invested in these characters or the plot. I think if the plot about the corruption that exists in Lilac and Tarver’s society had been given a little bit more attention I would have found this book more interesting. However, it felt more like something that was just tacked on the end of the novel or mentioned vaguely sporadically and wasn’t really enough to make me want to continue with this series.