Backlist Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I freaking love this series so much. I’m so glad I reread this because I forgot how much I loved Tarver and Lilac.

These Broken Stars follows Lilac LaRoux, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Major Tarver Merendsen, a cynical war hero. They meet aboard the Icarus, until it suddenly crashes out of hyperspace and they end up in the same escape pod. When they crash land on a planet that is terraformed yet seems empty, they must rely on each other to survive and call for help.

I forgot how much I love Tarver. He can be really no nonsense most of the time, and it comes across as full of snark in the debriefing interview that’s scattered throughout the book. Even thought he is a military brat, he also is so caring and I loved seeing his relationship with Lilac develop. I don’t think either of them would’ve survived without the other.

“Major, to what extent did you act upon your feelings for Miss LaRoux?” “Medium.”

Lilac was a little bit harder to like at first. I didn’t like how rude she was to Tarver onboard the Icarus, but at the same time, I did understand why she was. Her father is not an easy man to please and Lilac has known this for several years.

While hiking to the remains of the Icarus inn hopes of finding a way to call for rescue, strange occurrences befall the couple. Strange voices tell them things, and they begin to see impossible images. Are they as alone as they thought on this planet? I really loved the mystery this book uncovered and I love that it has overarching implications that I’m sure will continue throughout the series.

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