Their Fractured Light Book Review

theirfracturedlightTitle: Their Fractured Light
Series: Book #3 in the Starbound trilogy
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-Fi, Romance
Pages: 425
Format: Purchased Hardcover

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.

As this is the third book, there will probably be spoilers.

This book made me feel all the feels, and I couldn’t have loved it more.

Now I knew that the plot was going to be building up to stopping LaRoux and whatever his plans were for the “whispers,” but what happened I wasn’t actually expecting, which I think was even better.

A lot of what happened in the previous books flashed back to me when I read this installment, particularly in the small sections between the chapters. Those parts are actually what hit me the hardest and the parts that were from the perspective of the whispers from before the first book until now. I think adding that aspect to the book really helped to shed a light on the whispers and how they think and what really happened to them. It’s hard not to feel something for them when reading those bits; I almost cried during a few just because it hit me right in the feels.

But the plot itself was engaging and I needed to know what was going to happen next. Every page and every chapter had me wanting more, and I personally think that’s a sign of an excellent story.

So let me talk about the characters now, because OMG the feels.

When we’re first introduced to Sophia, we know that she’s the con artist. She’s smart and thinks on her feet, able to read peoples’ body language to use to her advantage. I actually thought that was a great character trait and one that she constantly used to her advantage. She was always trying to weave her way through situations, using tactics and techniques she’d gathered over the year she had been on the run, working to manipulate others into what she wanted them to do.

But then she meets Gideon (who I’ll talk about in a minute) and though she tries her best to keep everything she can a secret, trying to hide who she really is from him, I think she realizes just how smart and aware Gideon is of those around him – even if he isn’t the best at reading people. I think her major character flaw is being so untrusting of not only others, but of herself, especially after the traumatic incidents that happened when she was on her home planet. She knows what it takes to survive, though, which is a great quality to have, and though she’s rough around the edges, she really came into her own around the end and listened to herself, first, before doing what others may have expected of her.

Now, Gideon is a sassy pants and I love him. I thought that his easy going attitude was charming and funny at the beginning, but he’s definitely a lot smarter than he initially lets on. Given he’s a hacker, I don’t doubt that intelligence. But he’s definitely a kind soul that cares deeply for others. He knows he can’t really trust everyone around him, but he lets Sophia in and does get burned a few times. Even though this happens, and he wars with himself on whether or not he can trust her, unlike Sophia, Gideon knows how to listen to himself and his heart, and his heart tells him he can trust her.

I love that about these two: they’re very opposite each other in certain aspects, but I think that’s really what makes them fit and mold together so nicely.

Gideon was also very quick with his actions, too, but in a different way to Sophia. Where she was quick on her feet with people, he was quick when it came to scenarios and being equipped with anything and everything he could need in any given situation. Most situations, anyway. He was always prepared in case of threat or emergency, and I think that worked really well given the situations in the story.

We also got to see Tarver, Lilac, Jubilee, and Flynn again, and my heart nearly exploded when everything was going down when they were introduced. It was so amazing to have them all together in one book, and I think that their stories and what happened to mesh them all together really made sense and worked well. There is more explanation that is possible as to why they were all there, but I don’t want to delve into too many spoilers here!

Just know that I love each and every single one of these characters and I wish there were more stories with them out there.

As for the romance, like the previous books, this romance was slow burning, building up gradually and naturally, and I think that’s what I love most about Kaufman’s and Spooner’s writing. Though there was initial attraction on the part of Gideon mostly, it wasn’t insta-love by any means. I think that also having those troubled flaws of back and forth unable to trust, but still trusting really showed just how raw these characters and the emotions could get.

This book didn’t disappoint. It was definitely more action packed than I think even the second book was, or right up that alley, and it was definitely full of twists and turns and surprises. It will make you feel pity, love, hope, frustration, shock, and more. It did for me, anyway.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and I highly recommend it if you’ve read the first two novels.

If you couldn’t guess, I rated this book 5/5 stars.

As for the overall trilogy rating: 5/5 stars.

Accompanying video: Their Fractured Light Book Review

This Shattered World Book Review

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Title: This Shattered World
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Book #2 in the Starbound trilogy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Genres: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 390
Format: Purchased Hardcover

As always, I’m going to try my best to be spoiler free in this review. If you want some more in depth looks into what I thought about other parts of the book, please see my video review for more detail!

“This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a story that follows two new characters, Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, who couldn’t be more different from each other. Jubilee is a soldier stationed on Avon – a Captain, to be more precise – and is very strict about being a soldier and following protocol. She rarely shows her emotions and has earned the nickname “Stone-faced Chase” because of it. Flynn Cormac, on the other hand, is a rebel who was born and raised on Avon, a planet whose terraforming has slowed down to the point of stopping, gets very little to no sun exposure, and is not really thriving as a planet. Flynn is a diplomat for peace among his community, and when one man wants to go into a full out war and tries to find any excuse he can to do it, Flynn is always there to try and ease the flames.

And when Jubilee and Flynn’s worlds collide, things become pretty heated and intense pretty quick.

This book is the second installment in the Starbound trilogy, but as a companion novel it follows a new set of characters. I do suggest reading “These Broken Stars” before reading this book because a cameo appears in this book that is actually pretty important to the plotline.

Throughout the book the characters’ points of view change every chapter between Jubilee and Flynn. Both characters have their own distinct voices so you never confuse one for the other, which is nice when there is so much going on in their world as it is.

Now we get a lot of description of Avon: swampy, watery, muddy, cloud covered atmosphere. It’s nice to be able to read about this world and to get a true sense of it. It makes sense that a world with little to no sunlight would have barely any landmasses suitable for living on, that a lot of it would be water. It obviously has had enough sun or terraforming substances to help it become habitable for humans to occupy and everything, but it’s not a thriving world.

This actually plays a great deal into the rest of the story that surrounds Jubilee and Flynn. As they go throughout the novel and venture forth together (though they don’t want to through the beginning of the novel), they have to trek through terrain that is less than friendly and oftentimes very dirty.

Now let me get into a few points that I think are important (and not really spoilery) that take place in the story:

  • The romance between Jubilee and Flynn is gradual and believable. They don’t start out as an insta-romance, but there is mutual attraction. For Jubilee it’s more along the lines of, “You look suspicious, so I’m going to check you out.” For Flynn it’s more like, “You’re a Captain and can be used as leverage to help my people.” Yes, they’re relationship grows throughout the novel, but it’s believable and slow. Emotions can become heated and drive a person to do something that may otherwise not happen, but their emotions don’t fully dictate what happens to them.
  • They use logic over emotions. Yes, a lot of it can be emotion driven, but there are other factors that play into both of their actions throughout the novel, including vengeance, rebellion, anger, compassion. But a lot of what they do they base off of what they know and/or were trained to do.
  • The background information provided about both Jubilee and Flynn was both useful and refreshing. It’s not always common to have such in depth background into a character’s past in novels, but there was just enough detail to really get a sense of who each character was in the story.
  • My biggest complaint is that we didn’t really get enough of who I thought to be the main villain in the story. There were short glimpses of him in some of Flynn’s chapters, but otherwise I felt that those plot points were rushed and didn’t really provide a true insight as to who the enemy was at the time on Avon (but then there are other factors and people who can also be viewed as villains, so… I’ll leave it at that).
  • The Fury was an interesting concept that was also believable in this world’s setting (the Starbound trilogy as a whole, not just Avon).
  • Cameos are awesome.

So those are just some of the points I wanted to further touch upon in this novel. The book was overall enjoyable and I think I enjoyed it more than the first novel, though you can read my review to see what I thought.

I rated this book 5/5 stars. It was fast-paced, fun, serious, romantic, and it furthered my desire to learn more about this world and those who inhabit it. I highly recommend it.

These Broken Stars Book Review

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Title: These Broken Stars
Authors: Amie Kaufman; Meagan Spooner
Series: Book #1 in the Starbound trilogy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 374
Format: Purchased Hardcover

“These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a sci-fi YA novel about a girl, Lilac, who is the daughter of (essentially) the king of the universe/galaxy, and Tarver, a solider turned war hero. The story follows the two as they end up escaping off of the spaceship, Icarus, and landing on an unknown planet with no other people around. They have to survive the weeks leading up to their rescue, but if only someone could rescue them from each other.

They are often arguing and picking at each other, getting under one another’s skin, especially at the beginning. As the story and their time together progresses, though, they start becoming closer and do eventually fall for one another.

Without giving too much away, let me talk about my own personal thoughts and opinions of it:

There was great character development. At the beginning, I thought that I was about to see some “insta-love” happening, but no. Rather, it was just mutual attraction, and once I realized that I was a lot happier reading the book. Too often YA novels jump right into love when not even a friendship or some kind of relationship is formed, but this book didn’t do that. As they end up stranded on this unknown planet the two constantly bicker and are practically at each other’s throats, but as the days and weeks go on, they slowly start to form a kind of truce or friendship, and then they form a romance.

There was also decent world development. I could definitely picture the Icarus and the kind of spaceship she must have been to be able to hold 50,000 people of all classes (rich, working, soldier, etc). But the real development happened on the planet when it was talked about the terraforming (making a planet habitable for other life with trees, plants, water, animals) and how advanced it was, though there seemed to be no other people living on it. It was both eerie and sort of magical the way the world worked, especially though the eyes of Lilac who had never seen real trees or even rain or snow since she could view them through a hologram.

The plot development was also well done and the story unfolded with ease. Yes, there may have been a couple of slow parts, but they did play toward the story itself, so it didn’t seem like a waste at all.

Though I was confused more toward the end, I was satisfied with the ending and I do have other questions. If you want to discuss them with me, head on over to my video and chat with me in the comments or some other way (so as to not spoil for others).

I give this book a 5/5 stars.

Accompanying video: These Broken Stars Book Review

If you read the book, what did you think? What did you like/dislike? Let me know in the comments!