These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

3/5 Stars
Published by Disney Hyperion 
Published December 10th, 2013

Synopsis: Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive --- alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. 

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy. 

With a synopsis like that and a beautiful cover, I thought this was going to be a very promising read. Two great authors, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, take on the challenge of writing about two completely different characters who must endure the challenge of landing stranded on an unknown planet. While the writing was impeccable and full of lush details, I found the story to be lacking that last nudge that it really needed. I was overall impressed by the world that evolved into something compelling and intriguing, but the characters were not enough for me to be fully engaged with the story.

I find the premise of this trilogy to be extremely promising. Three couples come together through terrible circumstances to defeat a common enemy and practically save the universe. Plus, it's a scifi romance! I cannot quite pinpoint what made me feel so meh about it, but I have a feeling it was the lack of connection for the characters. Lilac LaRoux (who has the same nickname as me - Lil) was a tad bit too overbearing for me to handle. Whenever her POVs came up I would barely read her sections and just mull over the words. I was, however, extremely invested in Tarver. He was kind and well put together, yet understandably sassy and quick witted when it came to Lilac. Despite some redeeming qualities, it was terribly difficult for me to feel connected to these characters.

There is not a lot for me to say about These Broken Stars simply because I could barely will myself to read it. In light of all of this, I will be most likely reading This Shattered World, the sequel, when my current TBR pile shortens up. Besides that though, isn't the cover stunning!? The physical book itself is extremely beautiful - I love having it on my shelf! So summed up quickly: great writing, two amazing authors, pretty flat characters, extremely fascinating world. I do recommend you read These Broken Stars if you love a great spacey, adventure vibe.

What are you reading now? Happy reading!