Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: December 10, 2013
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.
The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.
What’s In A Name? The Authors Share the Story Behind the Title
One of the questions authors get asked a lot at signings and panels is “How did you come up with your title?” For some the answer’s simple enough, but for others it involves a bit of a story.
The original working title for THESE BROKEN STARS was actually “WRECKED.” This is the name we gave it when we first started thinking of it as a book, and not just a collection of scenes between two fun characters. Since the story is a shipwreck-in-space story, it made perfect sense to us! It’s the name it sold under, too–but we knew it was likely to change.
There were a lot of reasons for changing the title, but the biggest one was that our editor didn’t think it expressed enough of what the book was about. So she asked us to draw up a list of alternate titles. We sent back a few lists of titles, but none of them were quite right.
This time we asked for a little guidance, of the “what’re we doing wrong” variety. We got some very detailed instructions back. We needed a title that shouted “science fiction,” but also shouted “romance,” and also felt fresh and young, still very much a YA title. Oh, and it couldn’t be more than two or three words long.
Right. Simple. Okay.
So we went back and drew up lists of every space word we can think of. We asked friends for help. Amie’s husband suggested the fabulous title of “MASSIVE CRASH,” which, as he pointed out, would pave the way for a great sequel: “MASSIVE CRUSH.” We started pairing random space words with random romantic words, which spat out such evocative titles as “LOVE NEBULA” and “KISSING IN SPACE.” We were clearly not getting anywhere.
Then, publisher to the rescue! To this day, we don’t know what brilliant person at Disney-Hyperion came up with it, but out of the blue our agents called us to propose a new title idea: THESE BROKEN STARS. It was instant love all across the board. Our editor loved it, marketing loved it, our agents loved it, and (possibly least important of all on this list) we loved it too.
And that’s how our book got its name. And a good thing, too–we were about ten minutes away from titling it MASSIVE CRASH and calling it a day.
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