These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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In all honesty... I don't have a clue in the world about this book. I mean, I read it, and I understood most of it... but... I don't really get it. It's without a doubt one of the most unique books that I've read in a long time, but I just... didn't love it. I liked it, sure, but it mostly left me with feelings of what-the-freckery at the end.


I mean...damn. I guess I'll just start talking now.


I liked the alternating points of view - it was obvious that one of them was a guy and that one of them was a girl throughout the writing; there was no weird moment when I couldn't figure out who was talking, so that was great. I enjoyed that, and I actually liked reading about Tarver and Lilac, although I pretty much abhor their names.


Tarver. What does that even mean?! If someone could tell me if that was a real word... that would be great. Because I surely don't know. Speaking of him, he was so adorable and chivalrous, and Lilac was just so brave! I actually liked her as a heroine, for the most part. She was annoying at first, but her growth throughout the book was great.


I loved the premise - a spaceship crash, with the two lone survivors being on a completely unpopulated planet. That was pretty much awesome - it's not very often that you get to read a book with no supporting characters, so it was an interesting experience.


I also loved the fact that there was a sweet love story - we rarely get to see the adorbs side of love, so that was fabulous. I do think that it took way too long for anything to happen on that front, though, but once it started happening... it was way too fast. It dragged in the beginning, and then they just jumped in. The pacing of it was way weird.


And believe me, the pacing wasn't the only weirdness that was going on. We have everything from weird voices to strange visions to possible alien life. It's a veritable smorgasbord of weirdness! This is where it started to get hazy for me. There comes a point when I start to freak out, and this book totally hit it.


There was just too much going on, with too many crazy plot points. Overall, I only liked this one - no love. But I'd be interested to see where the series goes from here, so there is that!