TOOT TOOT. ALL ABOARD THIS (SPACE) SHIP FOREVER AND EVER. THE END. Okay, but seriously now…Their Fractured Light was such an epic finale to the galaxically amazing Starbound trilogy. I still stand by These Broken Stars (book #1) being my ultimate favourite. But Their Fractured Light (book #3) definitely wins for second-favourite with the middle book, This Shattered World, being the one I’m a bit “meh” about. But I’m really pleased with how the trilogy wrapped up. SO SATISFYING.
“So why didn’t it get the full 5-stars, then, Cait?” you are asking skeptically. Well. Around the midway mark I yawned once or twice. And then, when the previous protagonists (Tarver & Lilac, and Jubliee & Flynn) enter the scene, the current narrators (Gideon & Sofia) really took a back seat. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED having everyone together! I just felt I didn’t get to know Sofia/Gideon as well. Plus add in all the concoting of plans, sci-fi jargon, and detailing the depths of LaRoux’s evil over the past book made my brain feel like a meteor puddle. (Don’t question this phrase. It’s legit, I promise.)
A bit overwhelmed with all the info? That would be I, good sir.
Each of the books introduces us to a new dynamic duo. This time we get…Gideon (hacker) and Sofia (grifter) who are adorable and a bit sassy and so untrustworthy. Little darling criminals. Lots of trust issues and much snark. Also Chinese food, which was delicious to read about and gave me mild cravings. There is a dancing scene and — AHHH I LAUGHED OUT LOUD. That is what I love about this series. One minute you’re freaking out that the alien evil is gonna eat everyone???! And then the next minute you get a cute dance scene that makes you giggle. The balance is epic.
And of course I greatly appreciated the return of my favourite darlings = Tarver and Lilac. Oh oh oh, things GO DOWN that you wouldn’t believe. I nearly shrieked. (Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t…Vulcan me is ashamed to admit to too many feelings.) And I was scared for the characters. TERRIFIED.
(I also take a small teeny tiny moment here to confess I care about 2% about Flynn and Lee. Sorry? But. Nope.)
Buuut…can we take a minute to shriek at the finale?! I have them wrapped in spoiler tags. So obviously don’t open unless you want EVERYTHING TO BE RUINED!!
So. IT’S DONE. THE TRILOGY IS OVER. I couldn’t put the book down towards the end!! This is definitely my favourite sci-fi series of ever. It’s funny and exciting and complex. AND DID I MENTION AWESOME EPIC HACKER DUDE NAMED GIDEON!??! Because he and his sass are the highlights of this book, basically. I love how all the characters are epic, capable and yet flawed and often venerable. I won’t deny it bits of the story were lost to me, but basically I love it a galactic amount.
AND PAUSE A MINUTE FOR COVER LOOOOOOVE. I would fly my space ship across the galaxy to admire these gorgeous covers.
THANK YOU TO ALLEN & UNWIN FOR THE REVIEW-COPY! Their Fractured World (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is published December, 2015.
A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.
Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.
Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.
When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.
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