Should You Read This Series? Starbound by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

should you read this seriesThere are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read at least 60% of the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments.

Red dividerSERIES: Starbound by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
GENRE: Young Adult Science Fiction
BOOKS PUBLISHED: 3

These Broken Stars23 This Shattered Worldtheir fractured light

SERIES STATUS: Finished
D.G. HAS READ: 3/3 (100%)
SHOULD YOU READ THIS SERIES? No. Just read the first book
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What Is This Series About? Each book in the trilogy follows a different couple as they encounter an alien species and fight the villain’s attempt to control the universe for humanity’s “own good.”

Setting: Outer Space in the far, far away future

Why Shouldn’t You Read It? The first book – These Broken Stars – is really good, with great characters, an interesting premise and a real relationship. However, the main plot of the series was too strange and unravels in the next two books. Although This Shattered World is not bad, the couple was not believable and Their Fractured Light was simply maddening, with a plot that was all over the place.

The Plots: A quick way to describe this series would be: “Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.” These Broken Stars is the best book in the series and I wholeheartedly recommend it (if you are not type that HAS to finish a series.) The shipwreck premise is great, both Tarver & Lilac are really good characters, believable in their own skins. Thing start to falter in This Shattered World where the aliens plot comes at the forefront but the third one, Their Fractured Light is the worst of the lot. The authors clearly had an idea for the end but they just didn’t build up the story in the first two books so the end made sense. Lots of things were left unexplained and the evil villain was so blah, that you wondered how he accomplished anything. Sophia, the female MC in the last book, wasn’t very likeable, the type who wonders about the future of a relationship while trying to save the Universe (really). The grand finale included a lot of pandering to the human race and “what it means to be human” as if we’re the pinnacle of evolution and other species should be grateful to learn from us.

The Audiobooks: As the books are told from both main characters POV, the audioboooks are narrated by male and female narrators, which differ in each book. Starting in book 2, the aliens also had their sections which were unintelligible because of some weird special effects. (Note to audiobook producers: never do this again.) I particularly liked Johnathan McClain’s portrayal of Tarver in the first book. The sections were he was being debriefed were among my favorites, as it showed an impatient, indolent Tarver with no patience for the interrogator’s nonsense.

Series Tips: If you’re a person who can only read one book in a series and leave the rest, then you can pick up These Broken Stars (book #1.) Otherwise, skip it.

Series Reading Order:
These Broken Stars – D.G.’s rating: 4 stars
This Shattered World – D.G.’s rating: 3 stars
Their Fractured Light – D.G.’s rating: 2 stars

About the Authors:
Amie Kaufman writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She’s traveled with her family all over the world and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

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