Title: Their Fractured Light (The Starbound Trilogy #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
My Rating: 4.5 stars
The final instalment of the Starbound trilogy is a whirlwind from start to finish. With the characters from all books coming together for a thrilling final conclusion, this book is fantastic and will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole book. If you have loved the previous books, you will not be disappointed!
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.
I don’t even know where to begin with this book. It is amazing to think how far this series has come since the beginning. Once this story was about Tarver and Lilac; then about Jubilee and Flynn; now we are introduced to Gideon, a hacker with a plan to destroy La Roux industries and Sophia, a con-artist desperately escaping someone and seeking retribution for a father she’s lost.
So much happens in this book. I love seeing all these different aspects come together and I love seeing Sophia from the first book facing the struggles of being hunted but also trying to get vengeance for her father.
The conspiracy with La Roux industries is complicated and I must admit that I’m a little hazy about how it all works. I love that we see Tarver and Lilac very prominently in this book, despite all the heart stopping moments between the two. They are my favourite characters so I am really glad they played a big role.
Both Gideon and Sophia are multifaceted characters. I like that they both weren’t perfect and I loved that they had their issues. I really love it when characters get to know each other through hardship and that it is not all perfect all the time. I did have some issues with their relationship (is it necessary for relationships to suddenly progress the night before a battle?) but on the most part I really enjoyed reading from their minds.
The story of the Whispers is looked into deeper but a lot is left open-ended which actually works really well. I like that there is this give and take with the beings and that Lilac is so connected to them. It really shows that the story was planned from the beginning because there is this lyrical plot all the way throughout the series. It’s not choppy or uneven which I appreciate.
As you probably can guess, the writing is amazing, there are some amazing quotes. I honestly cannot do this series enough justice so don’t take my word for it – read it!
Recommended for: YA lovers, science fiction readers, romantic adventurers. If you love adventure, romance and have enjoyed the other books this is definitely a must read!
Quotes (Spoiler Free):
“We see them as they cannot, will not, see each other–we see his heart in the way he looks at her; we see her soul calling out for his every touch. It would be so easy if they could only see inside each other as we can.
And yet, there is beauty in the way they find each other: slowly, in a fragile dance of sidelong glances and accidental touches. To see them come together, souls binding without knowing each other as we do, without being certain of what the other’s heart holds, is to learn something new…
“But free will is what it means to be human, and no one can determine the path you take through this universe. Choice is our greatest right, our greatest gift-and our greatest responsibility.”
“There are monsters among us, it’s true. But there are heroes too.”
I absolutely loved reading this series and it has quickly become one of my favourite series. I definitely recommend it!