broken stars looks like a romance book from its cover, promoted as a science
fiction one and written as a survival story. It is the first book from the “Starbound”
The story is about two young people stuck on a terraformed planet by themselves with no other humans on it when their spaceship falls out of hyperspace.
The book is definitely in the sci-fi genre, though the spaceship parts take place only in the first chapters. After that the two main characters are stuck on an unknown planet. The girl is the daughter of the richest man in the universe and the boy – a soldier, who is now a major. The authors(Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) have taken a difficult task telling it from two POV’s – Lilac and Tarver’s. I was never confused while reading. I could easily differentiate Tarver and Lilac’s points of views. I also loved how much character development was in the book. Their characters were developed beautifully.
Being a YA book, you can expect to find romance in it. The love story, in fact, is there. But it happens slowly and it doesn't feel forced. That is the thing about this novel. The love story is a subplot.
These broken stars is a book combining a few genres – sci-fi, romance and survival. These genres create an amazing survival story which is just as compelling as it is exhilarating. It is a gripping read with quite a few jaw-dropping moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The sequel "THIS SHATTERED WORLD" will be out in December.