These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

What I’d Pay: $14

To sum it up: A luxury spaceliner crash lands on a planet and the only two survivors must figure out a way to survive until they are rescued, especially since they might not be alone on the planet.

The first few chapters weren’t great, but it picked up pretty quickly and became very suspenseful.

I listened to the audiobook and I think that is a great format for this particular story since it is told in alternating first-person perspectives. Each gets a different speaker on the recording and this makes it much easier to keep track of who’s telling the story. I had a hard time initially connecting to Lilac, the female lead, since she is a whiny, spoiled princess at first. She is hiding a brave, selfless person underneath that facade, but it takes awhile for that character to surface. Until it does, it’s easy to sympathize with Tarver, the male lead, who is stuck taking care of her. It’s obvious from the get go that there will eventually be romance between the two of them, but instead of being completely cliched, it was very well-done and believable. They become friends while helping each other survive, and the romance doesn’t really come into play until almost the end of the book. My favorite part of the book was the incredibly creepy, suspenseful, threatening atmosphere. The entire story is actually a flashback and so there are short scenes in between the chapters which take place in the present and heavily foreshadow events to come in the story. That combined with the not-so-uninhabited planet, and the musical choices on the audiobook really made for a suspenseful and foreboding atmosphere.  This was one of those books that kept me guessing the entire time and I just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.

Bottomline: This is a creepy and suspenseful scif-fi survival story, with a couple of great characters and a little romance. It’s a standalone, although it is part of a series set in the same universe so if you like this one there will be more like it. It kept me guessing the entire time and had some real twists that I did not see coming at all. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and is willing to accept a little romance along with it (I’d rate it PG-13) since that is not the main focus of this incredible plot. I got this from the LA library with no wait.

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