Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Book one of the Starbound Trilogy)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 14 and up

This book is based on an exceptional idea, and the author did just as good of a job executing it. The book was slightly disturbing but the well-written story made up for that.

These Broken Stars


Major Tarsen is one of the youngest ever war-decorated heroes. At the age of eighteen, he is aboard the spaceship Icarus to meet other veterans and travel back home. However, a chance meeting with a lovely girl leaves him breathless, until she haughtily introduces herself as the daughter of the most powerful man in the universe, leaving the Major no choice but to walk away.

For the first time, Lily Rose LaRoux meets a gentleman whose image won’t leave her mind. Major Tarsen, who finds her beautiful for who she is, not because she is the daughter of some rich guy. Lily is astounded by this, but at her friends’ taunting, she reminds the Major that he would be dead if he were ever found in conversation with her. The Major then walks away, leaving her with a pit in her stomach.

Not long after, their spaceship starts to be pulled away from its course by some huge object in space. Everyone is instructed to evacuate in special pods. Major Tarsen is on his way when he sees Lily hanging from a railing. After being saved by Major, she insists on staying in the rescue pod with him instead of going to her father. When the detach mechanism fails to work, Lily hotwires the pod, saving their lives.

Major Tarsen and Lily both land on an unknown planet where they attempt to communicate with the spaceship. However, a short while later, they see the spaceship crash onto the same planet, crushing any hope for rescue. They must find their way to  the spaceship to find rations and food, but on an unknown planet, anything can happen.

Will they be rescued?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: These Broken Stars


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