Friday, 23 January 2015

These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

3.5 stars

After reading the blurb of this book I didn't want to read it because I thought I'd read a couple books like this before but then I saw a couple different rave reviews of it and I decided to give it a try and I ended up being pleasantly surprised.

This book is told from alternating perspectives of  Tarver and Lilac, the two main characters of this book, with the start of each chapter having a snippet of an interrogation with Tarver that must be from when he is rescued. Although I found the first half of this book to be nothing special, once the whispers came into the plot I thought it improved greatly and although I found the end very weird and I still don't fully understand what happened, I was really interested in the story at the end and am now pretty excited to read the next book. When thinking back on it I'm pretty sure a lot of this book was the two of them just travelling across the planet, which says a lot about the authors that I could read probably over 200 pages of that and not give up on the book. My favourite character was Tarver, though I didn't really have a lot of choice as there were only really two characters in this book and I really did like them both, the tipover point was really that he came up with the my girl/my Lilac nickname. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the show or book The 100, but probably not if you've read many more books like this one like Across the Universe or Glow.

Lilac La Roux is the daughter of Roderick La Roux, the most powerful guy in the galaxy and Tarver Merendsen is a decorated war hero. After Lilac blows Tarver off because of her father she is rescued by him when the ship they're on starts having extreme technical difficulties. Tarver and Lilac end up in a pod together and Lilac manages to get it released from the ship and they land on a planet with no people on it but has clearly been discovered and terraformed for human life. They soon see the Icarus, the ship they were on, crash onto the planet and when they make it to the ruins they find no survivors. Lilac starts having strange visions that when she tells Tarver about he thinks she's crazy but soon he starts having them as well and they start to think that there is some form of life on this planet helping them. The visions lead them to an abandoned communications station that they are unable to get into until Lilac rigs up an explosion that not only opens the station but also kills her. Tarver is distraught until the lifeforms create Lilac again after a few days who can remember all the time she spent dead. Tarver is determined to make her last permanently because everything else the whispers have created has been temporary, but Lilac only wants to get Tarver rescued. They learn that both the lifeforms and the communications array are in the basement with a password protected lock, they soon learn the password is Lilac and when they get in Lilac sets up a rescue signal but the lifeforms are also the source of the power for the base. Lilac becomes incredibly weak and Tarver realizes it's because the whispers are spread too thin, he grabs Lilac and jumps into the archway that is holding the whispers which both destroys them and the base and somehow makes Lilac permanent. La Roux industries then comes to pick them both up and when her father threatens Tarver because Lilac says she loves him she says that if anything ever happens to him she'll tell the galaxy about how he enslaved the first intelligent life that wasn't human in the galaxy.

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