THESE BROKEN STARS – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Honest Review)


Book one in the Starbound Trilogy.

StarboundGenre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Target Audience: 13+ (contains violent scenes)
Goodreads Rating: 2/5 stars

Goodreads description:
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. 
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

So this wasn’t my favourite thing ever. I wish it was!! But it definitely, was not. This was one of my To Be Readathon reads (more details on the To Be Readathon here) and it wasn’t that awful that I had to put it down, but it was bad enough that I found myself skimming and just getting bored. Maybe my expectations were too high?

I came from reading Unearthed, to this one and I absolutely loved that book! (Review here.) It was such a fun adventure, and maybe I was hoping that this one would be too, but it wasn’t. I mean, it was an adventure, sure but it was pretty repetitive. I felt that this book could have been half the size it was, like the authors wanted to stretch the length of the book in hopes to make it more appealing and that just makes me sad.

The characterisation was alright, not the best from these wonderful authors, but it was decent. They stuck to who they were and even evolved and shifted throughout the book, which is always good! I love character development. However, this story did feel a little cliche. A little far-fetched, if you will. It felt like some elements had been done before, including the attitudes of the characters. It felt very, overused. Other elements in this story seemed strange, or just a little out of place and somewhat creepy? I can’t really state much without revealing some of the plot, but I will say, that I know the strangeness is in regards to the shaping of the plot and I know it’s supposed to be a little strange, but it felt too strange for me. Maybe a little over the top, but that’s just me.

I honestly don’t have much to say about this book, because I don’t feel it gave me enough to work with. The story remained similar, if not the same, most of the book. Some things did occur, but not enough to peak my interest. I can’t say that it felt predictable, but when things happened I felt myself becoming annoyed. Like, really? Out of all the things you could’ve picked, that’s what you chose?

*sigh* Serves me right for having high expectations. High expectations are no good to anyone. Anyways, it’s like I said, it was by no mean a terrible book. There just happens to be more negatives to mention than positives, and unfortunately the negatives add up. I hope, that as the second book is about different characters, that it will be better, but here’s to hoping!

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 4/10
Characterisation: 6/10
Style & Tone: 6/10
Enjoyment Factor: 3/10

Published by Tash Broom

I just like books 🤷🏼‍♀️

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