16/30 Book Review: The Starbound Trilogy

brokenstarsStarbound Trilogy:
These Broken Stars
This Shattered World
Their Fractured Light

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

First Book Plot Summary

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.


I waited much longer than I should have to read this trilogy. I began reading Amie’s work with her other coauthor (Jay Kristoff) more than a year ago. And I started reading Meagan Spooner’s work probably not long after that. So it was logical to think that I would like the Starbound trilogy.

But I was skeptical. To be honest, I think the covers actually pushed me away. They’re beautiful, but the covers and descriptions gave off a Titanic vibe that did nothing for me.

Eventually my common sense kicked in and I realized that if I liked both authors separately, I would probably like their combined work. One more reinforcement in the hard lesson that I should ignore my initial impressions of books and just read them.

Trust the Experience

Obviously I can’t say much about the plot of a trilogy without spoiling things. So here’s what I will say: trust the authors. The story arc across all three books is much deeper than you will initially realize. The descriptions will make you want to write this off as a romance with a side of sci-fi adventure. The descriptions are misleading. This trilogy is dark, twisted, and endlessly fascinating.

The authors managed to evoke at least three different genres and many more story tropes, but all woven together skillfully to create an entirely new reading experience. I’m a little obsessed with it, honestly.

Oh, also: if you’re character-driven, like I am, don’t let the adventure or sci-fi notes mislead you. Character is a heavy-hitter throughout the trilogy, balanced excellently with the action and romance.


Read the trilogy. The whole trilogy. Trust the experience. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

And in case you’re one of those people who loves The Illuminae Files, but won’t read Starbound because of the two female authors: Amie is an equal part of the dark genius of Illuminae. Trust her work. Also, stop being sexist.

[You can review any of Amie or Meagan’s books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads for entry to the grand prize giveaway–a preorder of your choice! Upload a picture of your review (or part of it!) to Twitter with #Reviews3030 or email me at ytbellereads AT gmail.com.]

3 thoughts on “16/30 Book Review: The Starbound Trilogy

  1. You know, I was looking at that cover and thinking the same thing – just looks like the cutesy YA! Good thing you mentioned that, now that you say it’s not like it looks and it’s definitely worth a go, I think I shall be checking it out 🙂 thank you!

    • The covers turned me off for SOOOO long. But when I finally decided to give it a chance, I read all three books in 2 days. There’s definitely a love story, but I wouldn’t say the books *are* romances, if that makes sense. I really think they’re amazing and quite different from a lot of YA. I’d love to know what you think, if you get around to reading them.

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