Year Published: 2013
Status: First in Trilogy, only book released
Page Count: 374
I recently finished These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This the first in a young adult sci-fy trilogy that is made up of companion novels, meaning each book takes place in the same universe but follows different characters. I'm not sure if the characters from the first book will appear in the second book or not, but I am eager to find out.
The cover of this book caught my attention, and then I had heard it described as Titanic in space and I decided to pick it up. This book does have a Titanic feel in the beginning, but the plot of this book is so much more involved. This book quickly developed into way more than I thought it would be. The survival aspect to this book was exciting and the twists and the surprises in the plot were page-turning. The relationship between the two characters develops realistically. There are really only two characters in this book, but yet it's not boring. Tarver and Lilac are both very well developed and realistic characters. Their relationship is sweet and selfless, but it didn't take over the whole book. The plot was intricate beyond their relationship.
This book is told in dual perspectives alternating between Tarver and Lilac. Another element to this book that I really liked was a little side plot that consisted of dialogue between Tarver and someone questioning him about their time on the planet. I'm excited for the next book in the series which is entitled This Shattered World and is being released in December, 2014. This book also has a beautiful cover.