These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

“And there it is, against all hope, like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The smallest hint of a smile.”

*Warning* Spoilers ahead

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’m not a big science fiction reader, but after reading Iluminae, I was inspired to read more. I’m glad that this is the science fiction book I decided to pick up.

I don’t normally read forbidden romance story as I’m not a fan of Romeo & Juliet or its retelling’s, but thought that the romance in this story was adorable and believable. Tarver and Lilac had chemistry and it never felt forced or rushed. I loved the way they worked together especially how they would always be there for the one who couldn’t give in their all. They protected each other from the beginning of their journey and they would always listen to whatever the other had to say.

The other aspect of this story that I enjoyed was the setting. For most of the book, Tarver and Lilac were stranded on a planet trying to find a way to send a signal to escape. We see them as they trek across the planet and we get to build a new world in our mind. Even the beginning parts of the story were they were still on the Icarus were fascinating. Even though I kept imagining the ship from Wall-E, I was interested to read about a futuristic setting.

I also really loved the interviews in between chapters. I love when authors include something to foreshadow to the end of the story and this was done well. It also made me love Tarver 10 times more.

What kept me from giving this story 5 stars was the ending. I was confused by the ending and how Lilac came back to life and if she was really herself (this sounds crazy if you haven’t read the book before). It wasn’t totally clear and it didn’t leave too much of an impact on me.

Overall, I thought this book was a great science fiction story and I’m excited to continue with the series. P.S. I hope everyone learned not to name a ship after something that crashed/burned (*cough* Titanic, Icarus, etc. *cough*) because it won’t end well.

“But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possess that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?”

2 thoughts on “These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. Oh I had the same experience of not really reading sci-fi and then reading Illuminae. This one was enjoyable for me too 😀 It sent me on a sci-fi spiral. If you enjoyed this I think you’d also like Aurora Rising and To be taught, if fortunate. Lovely review!

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