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These Broken Stars : Starbound Trilogy - Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars

Starbound Trilogy

Paperback Published: 25th November 2014
ISBN: 9781423171218
Number Of Pages: 410
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

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It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other's arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder-would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.


A whirlwind


I devoured this book quite quickly. A whirlwind of emotions (the good kind), especially in the last 100 pages. The concept: One night onboard the Icarus, catastrophe strikes and the luxury space liner is whipped out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive and appear to be alone on this planet. After reading a summary, I was encouraged to buy the book promptly as I had mixed reviews but mostly positive. The last part of the book definitely made me enjoy the story overall as I think the authors created a wonderful atmosphere that encouraged the reader to feel as the characters did. Without going to fair into the spoilers, the authors Spooner and Kaufman allow the reader to lose track of time, as do Tarver and Lilac, engulfing us into the story, which I strongly admire. The world building was interesting yet left me questioning certain things, and at times did not seem realistic, but then again it is fantasy/science fiction novel. People seem to describe this as 'Titanic in space', which I don't like to admit, but it does have similarities. Being that the two protagonists (of whom the chapters switch P.O.V between) are from two different social classes and are brought together, especially in times of tragedy. Overall this has become a love of mine, and you can not imagine how quick I will to pre-order 'This Shattered World', the sequel that is set in the same world, yet different characters. I would highly recommend this to people who enjoyed Titanic, but also to people who felt moderate about the film. It is a young adult book with romance through it but not dominating the pages, so if you are going for the science fiction and fantasy side of it, you may still enjoy the setting.

Melbourne, AUS


These Broken Stars

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"With rich, complex characters and a dynamic and dangerous new world, These Broken Stars completely transported me."--Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series
"Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I've been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns-this book has it all!"
--Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of Across the Universe
"Kaufman and Spooner's debut collaboration is a stunning, gorgeously imagined romance with epic sweep, brimming with lush detail of setting and intricate character study. It's the kind of read to savor, but the survivalist plotting still rushes the reader to keep turning pages."--Ingram Library Group
*"Lilac and Tarver are characters of depth, complexity, and strength, young people who alternately elicit the reader's admiration, frustration, and sympathy ... a testament to love, loyalty, courage, and the power of good over dystopian greed and perversity."--Booklist, starred review

"The authors begin with star-crossed lovers and a crash-landing survival story but add excitingly original material to these tropes to create a wonderful tale that should appeal to both teen and adult readers."--School Library Journal
"One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I've ever read."--Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

ISBN: 9781423171218
ISBN-10: 1423171217
Series: Starbound Trilogy
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 25th November 2014
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45

Amie Kaufman

About the Author

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times and internationally bestselling co-author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World) and The Illuminae Files trilogy (Illuminae). Her multi-award winning work has been published in 30 countries, and described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world awesome” (Kirkus).

Amie had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favourite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighbourhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas. Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab.

As she grew older (but not up), she continued her education, and graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution. After working as a mediator for seven years, these days she’s a full time writer, working from her home in Melbourne when she’s not on the road in the US, Europe and Asia. A few of her top travel moments include camping in the Sahara overnight, climbing a mountain in Vietnam, standing on the Great Wall of China and cycling the Loire Valley, but she has a huge list left to cover.

Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their rescue dog, Jack. She’s a huge fan of chocolate and naps, has an enormous music collection, and an entire room of her house is devoted to her library. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.

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