Saturday, 8 March 2014

An UpTown Girl & A Backstreet Guy ~ These Broken Stars Review


These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Rating: 4.4


'Uptown girl
She's been living in her uptown world
I bet she never had a backstreet guy
I bet her mama never told her why...'



Note to readers: that was not an actual quote from this book!

As much as it would have amused me to have read about Tarver Merendsen singing a rendition of Billy Joel's Uptown Girl, that's not at all what happened in These Broken Stars

But those lyrics basically summarise the underlying issues in this story.

Love. Social hierarchy. 'Her dad doesn't think I'm good enough' drama. Basically, if you watched Titanic you'll understood 65% of this book.

Except, no boats sink. Instead a spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. No icebergs involved!

Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen - who met at a party and got along until Tarver realised she was the daughter of the richest man in the universe - are now stuck on a planet. Together. All alone. 
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They need to survive. And, more importantly, find a way off the planet. But how can they do that successfully when random stuff keeps happening to them? Stuff such as:

- Random wild creature attacks
- Random spotting of dead people
- People going psycho
- People almost-dying-but-not-quite
- Lilac complaining about ration bars
- People almost-dying-but-not-really


And after every catastrophe I was just like:


But no

Lilac tends to act like a selfish brat who doesn't realise that there is more to life than worrying over her rich daddy trying to off her potential boyfriends. 

I mean, you're stuck on a foreign planet and a smexy-as-hell guy with soldier training is stuck with you and if you don't lighten up you're going to die, so snap out of it, sweetheart! Honestly, Lilac:
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And then there were the Tarver scenes...


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I mean, if Lilac doesn't want him...I'd be more than happy to have him! 

All in all it was a great book with unique concepts. It's just that the love story was a 'tale as old as time', so to speak. But I enjoyed it anyway :)


If you're a fan of Alienated or Across The Universe, These Broken Stars is another great YA sci-fi novel to satisfy your bookworm desire for intergalactic travel, cool gadgets and relationship drama.

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