These Broken Stars
by: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Tarver is a war hero. A true rags to riches story. When he meets Lilac on the Icarus, going toe to toe with security, her boldness (and beauty) spark his interest. Of course, he doesn't know that she's THAT Lilac. The heiress to the formidable LaRoux empire. And that she's going to make sure that he knows his place. But, when the Icarus has a mechanical malfunction that causes it to careen to the planet, Lilac and Tarver are going to have to stick together to survive.
When I first heard about this book at BEA, it was pitched as a "titanic in space" science fiction novel. I said to myself, "Self, this could either be really good or really bad." But, either way, I was intrigued. Of course, I had hoped that it was more like actual Titanic, and less Rose and Jack.
"These Broken Stars" began with one of the best opening sequences that I've ever read. Lilac and Tarver's first meeting, his humiliation, and the subsequent EPIC SPACE CRASH were spot on. I couldn't put the book down, and the detailed descriptions really had me. Hook, line and sinker.
But for some reason, after that initial spark and flame, it just burned out for me. It felt like there was a lot of walking, a lot of verbal sparring (some really well done, some forced), and just not a lot of action. The development of Lilac and Tarver's relationship was not insta-love but it felt like it. Or rather, I felt like a very creepy observer of their intimate moments. Instead of wanting to root for their relationship, I kind of wanted them to take it off the page.
Things picked up significantly at about the 3/4 mark, but in some ways, it was too late for me. I was supposed to be invested in Lilac and Tarver (Larver? Tarlac? Man, no good ship names there), and I just wasn't.
Will I read the sequel? It's a possibility. I liked it enough to finish, and even enough to say that I enjoyed it. So, put me in the maybe, leaning yes category.
A few little content notes. There isn't much cursing, everyone is starving so no underage drinking (har har), but there is a fair amount of sexual stuff. It's not explicit, but it's frequent innuendoes. So, it may be better suited for a little older teen.