These Broken Stars, the debut novel of Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, puts an intergalactic spin on the age-old theme of forbidden love. Lilac is the bratty, pampered daughter of the richest man in the galaxy. Tarver is a gruff, decorated war-hero with a chip or two on his shoulder. See where this is headed? I thought I did too, until the luxury starship they were on fell out of hyperspace and crumpled like a tin can. The novel takes several sharp turns as Tarver and Lilac are forced to abandon societal pretenses and survive on an unknown planet until help arrives-- assuming help can find them before something else does.

The character development in this novel was phenomenal. Kaufman and Spooner did such a thorough job of creating Tarver and Lilac that they didn't need to explain the pair's actions- you could already understand what they were doing because you'd come to feel like you knew them. Hopefully the duo can repeat their success in the novel's newly-released sequel, This Shattered World. Keep an eye out for both novels at your branch!

Recommended by Riley Johnson

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