Review: These Broken Stars

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Format: Hardcover

The Plot: Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are from different worlds. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, while Tarver, a recently-promoted war hero, hails from humbler origins. Nothing would normally come of their chance meeting on the starship Icarus, but when the Icarus crashes on a mysterious planet, Lilac and Tarver must learn to rely on each other in order to survive.

The Verdict: This book is awesome. I’m not hugely into YA science fiction, but this novel managed to overcome any misgivings I might have had and catapult its way onto my favorites list. Although the worldbuilding could have been better, the intriguing storyline, fantastic characters, and the wonderfully believable relationship that blooms between Tarver and Lilac more than make up for that.

The Rating: 9/10


Classics Book Club: The War of the Worlds

Classics Book Club: March 2014

Book: The War of the Worlds
Author: H. G. Wells
New or Reread: Reread, technically, although I read it once about thirteen years ago and barely remembered it.

Spoilers for The War of the Worlds below the jump.


Review: The Martian

Book Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Format: Hardcover

The Martian, by Andy Weir, is not so much a science fiction novel about an astronaut trapped on Mars as it is a roller coaster of awesome that hauls you from plot twist of happiness to plot twist of despair while you hang on by your fingernails, alternating between holding your breath in shock and doubling over laughing.