if you like… STAR TREK

Welcome to my feature, If You Like…. INSERT THING HERE. In this feature, I’ll be sharing books related to various television shows, movies, other books…. anything and everything!

I am a huge Trekkie and have been for a few years now. I love the new movies that have recently been made, however the original series will always have a special place in my nerdy heart.

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Perhaps you lovely people are also Trekkies? If so, then here are some book recommendations based on this amazing science fiction show:

ender's gameEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

This book is one of my favorite science fiction novels. It features plenty of space travel and aliens, just like Star Trek. Orson Scott Card is a fantastic writer, and you can’t help but feel for Ender and his sticky situation. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique, original science fiction story!

 

 

these broken stars coverThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Not sure if you’re ready to venture into a world of pure science fiction? This book is a great stepping stone into this genre. Not only does it include spaceships, exploring new planets, and strange life-forms, but it also contains an excellently written romantic relationship between two teenagers. If you’re a fan of YA romance and want to delve deeper into the world of science fiction, then this is the book for you!

 

hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy coverHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

This one is practically a given. It’s hilarious, quirky, and definitely a great work of science fiction. If you’re in the mood for a bunch of laughs and crazy adventures, then be sure to give this one a try!

 

 

I hope these books help quench your Star Trek thirst! Of course, you could always try reading some Star Trek novelizations. I have never read any, so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

What science fiction books do you like? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

My Rating: 5 cupcakes

When I saw that These Broken Stars was being described as “the Titanic in space,” I was expecting a love story set on an uncrashable spaceship. While I can certainly see the parallels – star-crossed lovers on board the Icarus, which is unexpectedly pulled out of hyperspace – These Broken Stars was so much more than that.

These Broken Stars is very much a character-driven story. Readers are immediately introduced to the two leads who couldn’t be more different: Tarver, the young war hero, and Lilac, the spoiled daughter of the richest man in the galaxy. Both of these characters are flawed but likeable, though it did take me a little bit longer to warm to Lilac, and I really enjoyed reading their inner monologues through the dual POVs we were given. Over the course of the story, circumstances cause both of these characters to grow and change, though I was most impressed with Lilac’s character development: as she learns to survive on an unknown planet, she transforms from an entitled society girl to a caring, considerate young lady that I grew to adore.

Of course, as the synopsis suggests, there is an element of star-crossed romance that is present in the story. Thankfully, it wasn’t insta-love; instead, Tarver and Lilac’s relationship slowly progresses from reluctant allies to a tentative friendship to a swoon-worthy romance.

At its core, though, These Broken Stars is about survival against all odds. While this may not make for a lot of action, mysterious “whispers” and unexpected twists kept me reading until the early morning. And all of these strange happenings culminated in a breathtaking conclusion that left me eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Overall, I really enjoyed These Broken Stars. This beautifully written, character driven story was unputdownable, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

WWW Wednesday (February 19)

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate, answer the following three questions:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:

Currently Reading:
I just picked up These Broken Stars from the library, and I’m so excited to start reading it! I’ve seen so many glowing reviews, so hopefully my reading experience is just as positive.

 

 

Recently Finished:

I recently finished reading No One Else Can Have You, Two Boys Kissing, and A Mad, Wicked Folly. They were all very different, but I really enjoyed all of them! Reviews are up on my Goodreads, and will be up on the blog sometime next month.

To Read:

I’m not quite sure what I plan to read next, but I have Earthbound and Counting by 7s as possible options. Of course, I’m always welcome to suggestions, so if there’s anything you think I should read please let me know! : )

Which books are you currently reading? Leave me a list or a link to your WWW Wednesday post below. 3