Audiobook Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Posted January 20, 2016 by Bethany in Recommendations, Reviews / 3 Comments

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Audiobook Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spoonerby Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
on December 10th 2013
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five-stars
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Starbound Trilogy #1
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 384

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

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Audiobook Review

Oh. My. Freakin’. Gawd. This book was out of this world amazing! I’ve been blessed lately to read so many incredible books and this one stands out above. I know it is still early in 2016, but These Broken Stars is my favorite novel of the year thus far.

The beginning reminded me of a futuristic, sci-fi version of the movie Titanic. Instead of a massive ocean liner there’s a massive space liner, a starship, with many passengers aboard. Some are the elite rich while most are just average people and military personnel. The ship crashes into an unfamiliar planet, and only two people survive, a girl and a boy.

I am very particular when it comes to YA  fantasy. I DNF quite a bit when I find the plot “too out there,” so for me to think the world building and the imaginative setting was spectacular, well I guess that means something. I felt like I was along for the survival adventure with the characters. I was hanging on every word. That attests to how well written the story was.

Let me tell ya something I was not expecting, THIS BOOK WAS CREEPY. It gave me the willies and shivers when I was reading in the dark laying in bed. I believe the audio narrators helped amp up the creep factor. Those two did incredible jobs bringing Lilac and Tarver to life as well as transporting the listener into the story.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Starbound trilogy and other novels by these authors. These Broken Stars gets my top recommendation – 5 stars.

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her work has been published in fifteen countries, won the Aurealis Award for Best YA Novel, been named the Huffington Post’s best YA novel of the year, shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award and is in development for TV. Her first series, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars, and her new series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, will start this October with Illuminae. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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