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Estelle: These Broken Stars by Kaufman + Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman ( web | tweet) and Meagan Spooner ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 10, 2013 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 374 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: journey, survival, space, romance Format read: Paperback ARC borrowed from Rachel. (Thanks!) Summary: When the big ship in the sky, Icarus, crashes, Tarver […]

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February 27, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Alexa S. - I’m sincerely happy that you enjoyed THESE BROKEN STARS! It’s definitely a beautifully written tale, and I loved the way that Meagan and Amie told Tarver and Lilac’s story. Even though I’m still not convinced by that one big (it really just makes me confused), I’m definitely invested in this series. Super excited for the next one!

February 25, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Jamie - YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one knowing you don’t read this genre much! I did think you might dig it because for a good chunk of it it was more of a survival story rather than hardcore sci-fi (something I don’t really read either…EEEP. SOME DAY MAYBE).

I felt the same way re: that part! I was like waiiiiit what what why?

I like what you said about not knowing where the rest of the series will go because that’s so true…I really can’t even speculate which is kind of cool because I feel like so often I can really kind of guess!

February 23, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - THE PART was totally shocking. It took me a while to come to terms with it.
The romance is one of my favorites from last year. I adored Lilac and Tarver. 🙂

February 23, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - Yes! I’m not a Titanic-fan, so I kept thinking of the Wall-E ship, not the Titanic. I enjoyed this but the ending confused me, too

February 23, 2014 - 11:59 am

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February 22, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Alexa - I really did try to like this story but I just didn’t love it in the way that everyone else loved it. I felt there was too many times where the authors repeated the same thing over and over again as if the reader wouldn’t catch on the first time about terra-forming a planet. I got a little sick of the repeats but it did get better with time. I’m interested to read the second book but it is about different people so now that I finally liked these characters they are going to become secondary.

I’m glad you enjoyed the book though! Thanks for the great review!

February 21, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - So proud of your for stepping outside of your comfort zone! SFF is my bread and butter, but I know it can be intimidating. Well done, E!

February 21, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Kelly - If the PART is the part I’m thinking of, I would love more explanation for it too! I’ve got some many ethical and philosophical questions left either completely untouched or unsatisfactorily mentioned, that I would love to see explored, and then there’s wondering about why it was included, unless it somehow affects the next book(s)?

Anyways, so glad you enjoyed something out of your comfort zone Estelle! I really loved this one, mostly because Lilac and Tarver were so fantastic!

February 21, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Meg - That cover is magnificent, isn’t it? Totally draws me in every time. I’ve had this one on my radar for quite a while after enjoying similar stories (the titles of which escape me . . .), and I’ll probably give it a try sometime soon!

February 20, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Jessica - Hey Estelle,
I was conflicted with this book. It started out as a cool science fiction book then progressed to a survivor-esque romance and then back to weird sci-fi. I don’t think I have yet to figure it out. I was compelled to read it though.

I highly recommend the Lunar Chronicles as does Quinn in the above comments. It is spectacular.


February 20, 2014 - 11:08 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Science fiction isn’t usually my thing either, Estelle. Although I have fallen MADLY in love with The Lunar Chronicles. But that’s pretty much the exception, and truthfully, The Lunar Chronicles aren’t too heavily science fiction.

But, I’ve been really interested in These Broken Stars. Like you said, I’ve heard such great thingsa bout it, and also – pretty cover!

I’m glad you liked it, even if this isn’t your typical genre. It makes me more comfortable giving it a try.

February 20, 2014 - 9:18 am

Alice - Brilliant review Estelle! I’m glad you decided to pick this one up despite it not being your normal genre. That’s what the book community is for! To push the books we wouldn’t normally grab into our hands! 😉

As I haven’t read the book yet, but if you adored it, and you’re not normally a sci-fi reader, I know I will most likely enjoy it too. And that cover. GAH.