These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

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These Broken Stars is an epic, romantic YA space opera about two star-crossed lovers who must fight for survival on a deserted planet: 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. 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
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781423171027
1423171020
9781423171218
1423171217
Branch Call Number: YA KAUFMAN
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Spooner, Meagan

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Dubbed a more complex “Titanic in space,” These Broken Stars follows two individuals from different social strata who are the only survivors after the crash of a luxury spaceliner. Written through dual points of view with distinct voices, this book is full of suspense, tension, mystery, emotiona... Read More »

This sci-fi adventure is full of star-crossed romance and mystery!

Two strangers with very different backgrounds are forced to depend on one another when their luxury spaceliner crashes into an abandoned planet.


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WoodneathReads
Oct 14, 2018

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Tarver and Lucy, this is a survival story, a romance, and a dystopian sci-fi novel all wrapped up in one. I loved it! The crash-landing on an abandoned planet (where something *strange* is going on) reminded me strongly of the TV show LOST. The pacing sucked me in from the first chapter, and by the end I was flipping pages frantically to get to the end and make sure "my" characters were going to be OK. Please note: I usually get bored with space books. And dystopian/futuristic societies. So I'm doubly impressed that the authors never lost my attention with this one. They also set up an overarching conspiracy that manages to sustain the next two books in the series, both of which follow different sets of characters. Broken Stars is still my favorite, because I love Tarver and Lucy, but I recommend reading the other two as well! --Rachel (See more of my picks by following WoodneathRachel)

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WoodneathRachel
Aug 12, 2018

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Tarver and Lucy, this is a survival story, a romance, and a dystopian sci-fi novel all wrapped up in one. I loved it! The crash-landing on an abandoned planet (where something *strange* is going on) reminded me strongly of the TV show LOST. The pacing sucked me in from the first chapter, and by the end I was flipping pages frantically to get to the end and make sure "my" characters were going to be OK.
Please note: I usually get bored with space books. And dystopian/futuristic societies. So I'm doubly impressed that the authors never lost my attention with this one. They also set up an overarching conspiracy that manages to sustain the next two books in the series, both of which follow different sets of characters. Broken Stars is still my favorite, because I love Tarver and Lucy, but I recommend reading the other two as well!

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Ranelle22
Dec 30, 2017

Took a bit to get into the book but in the end not a bad read .

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 21, 2017

This is a bit of an odd comparison, but the best way I can come up with to describe this book is “Lost in outer space” (as in, Lost the tv show of polar-bears-and-random-strings-of-numbers fame). Which wasn’t exactly what I was expecting when I started this, but which made for interesting reading. I found the romantic subplot to be occasionally a bit tiresome (not because I didn’t like the characters, but because I wished they would just get on with it already, kiss, and redirect their focus to other things [as a side note, internally wailing “JUST KISS ALREADY” is pretty much my standard mode in 50% of the tv shows I watch and books I read, so this was no surprise]). Anyway! It’s a fun soapy sci-fi adventure, and a good pick for a light summer read. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and will absolutely be reading the sequels.

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PinesandPrejudice
Jun 02, 2017

I did not ship this couple and I did not enjoy this book. It got weirder, and not in a good way. I didn't like the jump from POVs -- it didn't flow well especially with the interspersed interview portion. Not my favorite book, I think the only reason I did like it was because it was a traveling book but other than that...eh.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 15, 2016

My idea of scientific fiction usually involves people yelling out "Star Wars!" or "Star Trek!" But I would be so much happier if this book got more noticed and appreciation. In my opinion, this book is probably the greatest science/ romance fiction book series that I have ever read. Here, a supposedly spoiled heiress and a war hero meet on a space/ dimension travelling shuttle. When the shuttle goes into problematic situation, they are forced to separate themselves from it, together from an emergency pod, and drift into space. This is the adventure of Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merensden, as they stalk across a strange and mysterious planet that seems to be watching their every move. It is so enticing! 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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kn1226
Jun 07, 2016

Was not a fan of These Broken Stars. I thought it was extremely dull with a very inane, circling plot. There were a few moments when I truly felt intrigued, such as the main female character's past, but this would shortly end because the author did not further explore them. I wish the main female would've had more of a chance to show her know-how in mechanics.
I've never liked reviews where a person hasn't even read the whole book but write a degrading review, but I read over halfway before I couldn't take it anymore and skimmed the rest to see what happened at the end. All in all, while I like the idea of the plot, I don't recommend These Broken Stars.

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TigerLily_16
Jan 10, 2016

This is one of the best books I have read in a while. I actually didn't find it very confusing. I would agree with the fact that the characters don't seem very relatable, but it was still worth the read.

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IsabelleFerret
Jan 06, 2016

It's real good

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farbrite
Dec 12, 2015

Now that the last volume is out, I strongly recommend you read the series back to back. Unusually, each volume has a separate romance, but the characters from the first show up in the second and they all come together in the third. Granted, the first volume is a bit slow to start, but there is a plot through all that comes together with a bang at the end. A great blend of sci fi action and romance.

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black_pony_62
Oct 08, 2016

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Aug 18, 2015

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Jun 25, 2015

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livieb17
Aug 18, 2015

"But just now, as we wait for the engines to kick in, all of that is far away. For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful of broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it
s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming away. Until all that's left is us."
Page: 374

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livieb17
Aug 18, 2015

"This is a wilderness waiting to swallow me; I'd barely make a dent trying to fight it. There are no rules for me to learn, no points to be scored, no bluffs to be called. This is a hell I've never imagined. And I think I'm going to die here."
Page: 108

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LibraryK8 Jan 31, 2014

The Icarus is the largest and most technologically advanced ship in the universe. Traveling across space in hyper-drive, the ship is transporting valuable cargo, Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the richest man in the universe...in fact her father built the ship. Tarver Merendsen is a young war hero, recently elevated to the rank of Major. An unlikely pair, the two are thrown together when the Icarus is violently pulled out of hyper-drive ripping the ship to pieces. The two barely have time to get to an escape pod before the ship is destroyed and Lilac and Tarver, the only survivors, crash land on an abandoned terraformed planet.

Survival dictates that Lilac and Tarver work together to get to the wreckage of the Icarus and send out a distress signal. But the two couldn't be more different, and working together is harder than it seems. But as they cross the foreign landscape, they learn to depend on each other, and trust in each other's strengths. By the time they reach the Icarus and discover they were the only ones to survive the crash, they aren't so sure they want to be rescued and go back to their lives as a wealthy heiress and army major.

The tale is woven with alternating chapters from Lilac and Tarver's perspectives. In between are chapters where Tarver is being interrogated about the crash...hinting at a hidden mystery underneath the tale.

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fiferboy
Nov 08, 2014

Sexual Content: Unprotected sex - The sexual scenes are not graphic at all but it bothers me alot that they give no thought to protection from disease or pregnancy.

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