NOTE: I received the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'm stunned. I'm mesmerized. I can't breathe! These Broken Stars has simply left me brokenhearted. Why? Because it's over, that's why. The amazing story, the incredible characters... and it's over. And I'm suffering from a severe depression because of it. Do you know how awfully difficult it is to find a book that really speaks to your heart? Do you? I know, and I also know the after effects. Above mentioned depression is certainly one of them. Then there's also sadness, and later on comes hope. Yes, hope. Because I realized a new companion novel in this series is coming out in 2014 and I cannot wait for it!
Amie Kaufman seems to be a new blinding star in the family of awesome writers. I have to be-fan her, that's for sure, because she definitely deserves it. Not only has she worked hard on These Broken Stars, but she's also made the book impossible to let go of! And to think that she's gifting us with two more stories to come? Well, that's what I call a present!
Anyway, I suppose you gathered exactly how much I liked These Broken Stars. The story was unique to me, as I haven't read many universe related novels. There was an unforeseen adventure that took my breath away in it's complicated simplicity. And of course there was romance, but it wasn't the real driving force of the events. It became a larger part of the story towards the very end, but definitely not before. Still, there were sparks that had me giggling and wishing for Lilac and Tarver to just kiss already! Then there was the mystery of the planet where all events take place - it had a certain note of paranormalcy that had me chewing my nails in anticipation for what would happen next.
Now onto the characters.
I loved Lilac from the moment I met her. Sure, she was a somewhat spoiled brat, but she was also kind and sensitive in her heart. She had to keep her real self hidden deep inside for fear her father might hurt whomever decided to take a peek of the real girl behind the pretense, so most of the time her behavior was that of the 'expected', of the norm for her position in society. I was really impressed by her, for wanting to protect Tarver, even though it meant being rude to him and pushing him away. Then when they 'landed' on that planet, she had to suck it up and be bold and brave and to trust Tarver. Not an easy task when still trying to pretend that she hated him. I really truly loved that girl. She stood up for herself and for the one she loved and I could only admire her.
Then there's Tarver. He was a sweetheart, a poet, a boy turned man in the nick of time. Totally swoon-worthy on his own - but when you add the Major uniform with medals and such and the character of a survivor... Yum! He wasn't your average guy either - he'd gone through family tragedy, through war that jumped him from a soldier to an Officer, and then he crashed on a forsaken planet with the only company of a bratty girl, whose father more or less owned the universe. It was obvious that Tarver was extremely well trained to survive whatever situation he may get stranded into - he was realistic, he knew how to look for food, he could recognize a planet's state of terraforming right away, and he could lie his way out of any question.
In other words, These Broken Stars can only make you eager to read more of the wonderful world Amie Kaufman has created. I didn't want the story to end, and I'm certain any reader who decides to pick this book up would feel the same way too.
My rating is 5/5 stars