Wednesday, December 4, 2013

These Broken Stars - Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the first day of Christmahanakwanzika! Today I have a review & giveaway of THESE BROKEN STARS, by Amie Kaufman. 

Title These Broken Stars
Author Amie Kaufman
Genre YA Science Fiction
Publisher Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date December 10, 2013
How I Got This Book NetGalley
Paperback 384
Stand alone or Series Starbound #1
   My Average 38 pg/day
   Reading Difficulty 3
(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)

An out-of-this-world Adventure!

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 first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.
THESE BROKEN STARS is a unique adventure you don't want to miss!

This novel was unlike anything I have read. Its as if the Titanic meet an episode of Star-Trek. I was concerned at first that it seemed centered around traveling from point A to point B, and there was a lack of a definite villain. When novels center around the characters feet moving forward, there's a chance it can be bland. THESE BROKEN STARS is anything from bland. There's character development, face-smacking conflict, and just a hint of romance. Just what a girl like me needs.

Fantastic character development. This book had the best character development I have seen in a while. It's amazing to read how the characters grow and adapt to the environment, to each other. One minute, the tabloid princess is hiking up hills in high heals, the next, she navigates her way around the inside of an unlit mass grave.

I was a little concerned in the beginning when I realized this would be a ADVENTURE JOURNEY novel, but the inner-conflict, environmental-conflict as well as outer-conflict filled in all of the manotaney. Not only are the couple trekking through

It wasn't until the end of the novel that I really found anything wrong. I really thought the ending was a copout. Like reading War of the Worlds and thinking, how in the hell are they going to survive this? What amazing plan will they have to overcome this hopeless attack? Oh, the common cold... WTF! Like the author did something (no spoilers here) beyond repair, then went "oh shit, I can fix that."

I don't really know how the author can continue the story? There's definatly another novel in the series, but I don't know how it can be continued. It seemed to me, all the loose ties were tied off. All conflict resolved. 

Rating: B+

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Amie Kaufman
I'm a young adult author from Melbourne, Australia, represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary. I write fantasy, science fiction and all things speculative.

My favorite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, my dog Jack, gardening, plotting and executing overseas travel, napping, my music collection and reading. Also my husband.

One (1) copy of THESE BROKEN STARS, US only. 
This giveaway is brought to you by Kaufman's fantastic agent at Disney.

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