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These Broken Stars | [Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner]

These Broken Stars

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.
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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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    Katheryne MD, United States 07-23-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Mesmerizing!"

    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!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 12-25-13
    Joki Helsinki 12-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable Story"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allison clovis, CA, United States 12-17-13
    Allison clovis, CA, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful story"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 05-22-14
    Valerie 05-22-14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe E Hurd Lansing, KS, US 05-09-15
    Joe E Hurd Lansing, KS, US 05-09-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Entertaining!"

    Interesting story that developed the characters and their relationship very well. I enjoyed the setting, sci-fi that allows the impossible. It was fun to hear the story read with male and female voices! I found this book to be captivating!

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    julie l hilling 05-02-15

    Librarian and Teacher for the greatest age group ever... middle school!

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    "enjoyed multiple times over"

    I've listened to the book Seedmen times over. it is well written and very well executed with charm and charisma. Once you know the story you want to listen to it again and again sometimes just as background because it is still well done.

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    David Walker Charlotte, NC 04-17-15
    David Walker Charlotte, NC 04-17-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Very fun"

    Liked it as far as ya books go. Unique story
    Not sure why I have to write 10 more words

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    Margaret Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-15-15
    Margaret Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "good one"

    this book kept me on my toes the whole tkme. I lived every second of it. this book wasn't all that relatable from the story to the characters I found myself trying to find something in common the characters but couldn't none the less they are good characters very well built up in every story like this you kind of just expect for the guy and the girl to be together but that can't happen right away and I was there wondering if it ever would so overall good story good plot good characters and I thoroughly enjoyed and we recommend it

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    Cameron Stewart United States 02-13-15
    Cameron Stewart United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you for helping me find romance again."

    I used to be a hopeless romantic once. When I was younger I lived for films such as The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Goodbye Mr Chips, The Princess Bride, Scrooged and so many more. Then I met some one who as the age old tale goes, needed saving. Unfortunately it it is so very true that you cannot save someone who truly does not want to be saved. After 20 years of this relationship and it's finally coming to an end I felt like the romantic in me had died a truly horrible death. I have just discovered that I was wrong. This is the first tale of true heart felt romance that I have read or watched in about 17 years. I knew I was missing something in my life and this wonderful book has helped me find it again. From the bottom of my heart Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner thank you for writing this book. Thanks to both of you this may have been the first peace of romance to come back into my life but it will definitely not be the last. I have already purchased the sequel This Shattered World and am about to dive head first into it. But first it's off to the Video store. It's time to find a copy of The Princess Bride for my two daughters to watch with me. It's time for their father to show them the true joy that is found in losing our selves the great wounder that is (romance).

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    Alanna 02-11-15
    Alanna 02-11-15
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    "not bad"

    started out kind of choppy or perhaps almost forced feeling but soon as the characters began to open up and more conflict developed i began to enjoy it a lot more. not a book i stayed up super late wanting to know what hapoened next because of the back a forth interview cutaways i knew it was all going to workout in the end, which made some of the most dramatic scenes less heartrenching.

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