These Broken Stars (Paperback)
Title: These Broken Stars
As an avid sci fi and fantasy reader, I'm used to complex plotlines with millions of half-intersected characters- but this story amazed me for its beautiful simplicity, mostly because, while there are only 2 characters for most of the book, it's still ridiculously engaging. The writing style is wonderful with its subtle humor, great world-building, and realistic character development. Spooner and Kaufman break some MAJOR tabboos (even for sci fi) and somehow pull it off with jaw-dropping grace. Bottom line, the book made me think about it every day while I wasn't reading it, trying to figure out in my own head as if I were one of the characters what was really going on on that eerie planet. It's just such a unique read!
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.
About the Author
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the SKYLARK trilogy, currently lives just outside DC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts. You can find them on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner.
*"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
"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
"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
"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
"With rich, complex characters and a dynamic and dangerous new world, These Broken Stars completely transported me."—Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series