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These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner Can we just take a minute and talk about how amazingly beautiful this cover is? It reminds me a lot of the original covers for Beth Revis’s “Across the Universe” trilogy—very Hollywood!

"These Broken Stars" is basically a modern-day "Titanic" story, as many other reviewers have already pointed out. I wish there had been more time spent on the actual ship, however, like in the actual "Titanic" movie so we could have learned more about the society, the universe, the government structures, etc. Once they shipwreck, we don’t really learn about anything outside of the habitat of the planet they landed on, which was a pretty big disappointment for me. Without spoilers, I’d just like to say that the inhabitants of the planet they land on were really intriguing, I loved them. As my boyfriend pointed out, it all felt very "Star Trek"-ish.

The romance aspect of the story was a little too predictable, campy, and frustrating, just because it felt very staged most of the time. Oddly enough, however, this did not seem to bother me one bit. I still really enjoyed Lilac and Tarver together. I really appreciated that two different authors wrote the points of view so the voices were distinctly unique and separate, although I have to admit I was a little biased toward Meagen Spooner given my love of the Skylark books.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and it will be interesting to see where the next two books go, since each installment is apparently about a different pair of people. If you enjoy books about ship wrecks, aliens, survival, and space, you might want to consider looking into this series. I must warn, however, that the main focus of the book is the romance and everything else takes a backseat.