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.
©2013 Amie Kaufman (P)2013 Listening Library
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These Broken Stars is a well written YA science fiction novel that does circumvent a lot of the cliches in the genre. What begins as a "Titanic" type disaster turns into a survival story with the characters slowly bonding over the course of their ordeal.
Lilac LaRue is the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the galaxy. Tarver Merendsen, son of a teacher and a poet, comes from humble origins. When Lilac's father's flagship unexpectedly fails, both are forced to use each of their unique talents to survive the disaster - and then find help on the oddly empty terraformed planet they've been stranded upon. But things are not as they should be and both are going to be forced to find inner strengths in order to solve the mystery of the planet and the disaster.
Lilac is a strong character and brings as much to the plate as her male counterpart. What I feared would start out as a 'big misunderstanding' (which would be yet another endless bickering between the two) ended up having a good root cause and quickly overcome by the very real dangers they face together. There are very few deux ex machina to make their journey easier and the mystery at the end justified the middle survival story.
I especially liked that throughout, they each have to save each other and both are more than they seem on the outside.
The Audible version has both a male and female narrator and both did a very good job with the characters.
From the start I was instantly drawn into this story. Told in duel points of view, it was such a mesmerizing listen. The narrators did an excellent job of bringing this well written and unique story to life. It made me feel transported to another place and time and I became utterly lost within the words.
These Broken Stars is a story of survival and love, set in a sci-fi world, with intriguing mysteries to solve, that will have you listening late into the night. There are so many twists and turns and “I didn’t see that coming” moments. It will have you guessing almost to the very end.
This was such an unexpected gem of a book. 5 HUGE stars!!
"A Young Adult Tale that Lives Up to the Hype"
Finally a YA book that lives up to all the hype. The pretty cover doesn't hurt either. . . but, seriously, I have been terribly disappointed in the YA titles that continue to be hyped to the pointed of silliness and yet are shockingly bad (Divergent, I am looking at you). While Twilight was silly at least it had a plot that was fairly clear to follow and made sense. Many of the books I have recently read are either:
1) poorly edited
2) poorly executed -- do YA authors understand human nature at all?
3) poorly written
4) and most probably, all of the above
These Broken Stars breaks the cycle of bad YA titles because it has a entertaining yet surprising complex plot, a well thought out premise that makes sense and it is well paced. The audio book is especially well done due to the alternative voices for Tarver and Lilac and the added voice of Tarver's interrogator. The authors bring everything to a satisfactory close with an open mystery that will serve as the connecting thread between the other books in the projected trilogy. I liked that. While this story ends with no cliff hangers for the main characters, the mystery continues. And while no cliffhangers may seem to be a possible damaging factor here for the series, it isn't. The book is written to hold your attention to the very conclusion and leaves you wanting to read the next book ASAP. I could hardly pull my headphones off during the last 10 chapters or so. Both Tarver and Lilac are sympathetic characters that not only grow through their ordeal of survival, but don't become so annoying during their "growth" that you want to bash them both over the head with a blunt instrument (i.e whiny, insecure heroines or heroes that stay pretty much whiny and insecure through out their "growth"). They follow the rules of human nature and learn how to use their strengths to work together and survive. There, of course, is a curious and often disturbing reality that they learn about on the planet they have crashed on that makes their journey of survival much more than just surviving and being rescued. It all works together and makes sense. So I would highly recommend this book, especially as an audio book. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
When I began listening to the story, I was nearly turned off by the 'Titanic' like storyline. However, I stuck with it and boy, am I glad I did. I loved the sci-fi parts of the book, but I think I fell in love with the story as Tarver and Lilac fell in love, and grew both individually and together. This was an amazing listen, and I was happy to sacrifice sleep to continue listening. If you like stories about love, with sci-fi mixed in, you will love this.
I also really enjoyed the performance. They truly brought the story to life for me.
Yes I would although I think a bit more explanation of what is going on at the end would be a good idea. It seems to drop off at that point. Seems like they just left lots of questions unanswered.
I liked the voices and the feeling behind them. I could visualize what was going on.
Yes I would like to listen to this in one sitting.
This book was a great listen, cute love story !
Not that long and the narrators are great !
"I love this book!"
I have listened to this book twice & the story still moves me. Lilac & Tarver are very relatable, funny & believable. Read it.
"Great start, but falls apart somewhat."
Great 1st act, 2nd act too long, 3rd act devolves into technobabble and illogic actions.
I loved this unique book from start to finish! Tarver & Lilac were likable and their story was beautiful
"The performance made the book!"
I fell in love with this story right away. The voices were great (although I liked Tarver better) and seriously made this one of my favorite audible books I've listened to. The middle did drag on... In fact I almost gave up on it. I think it took too long to get to the plot twist... After a few days away I finally finished it and I am so glad I did! It was the only time I wished I had an actual book so I could speed through to find out what happens! Interesting story overall and great performance.
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