Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #3
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published on December 1, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Peace, said LaRoux. As though peace is simply the absence of conflict. As though it’s something that could be imposed, forced,upon every mind in the galaxy. As though choice is a flame to be extinguished with a smothering blanket.
Just so you have an idea of where I stood in the series prior to the final book, here are my ratings:
Book One: These Broken Stars ★★★★★
Book Two: This Shattered World ★★★
I adored the first book. Absolutely loved Lilac and Tarver’s journey. SO I was very excited about book 2, it was one of my most anticipated books of 2014. But I was very disappointed. It originally had a two star rating! But after some rereading I realized I felt better about it than that. So I was super concerned about the last book. Which way would it go? A lackluster finish, like This Shattered World? Or would it be brilliant and beautiful, like These Broken Stars? I was so nervous.
The end of a good series is always bittersweet. Part of you is sad to see the story go, but the other part of you is excited to see how it ends. As it turns out, three books was the perfect amount to tell this story. Additional books would have been pointless and just drug it on unnecessarily. And I am so, so very happy to give this final book a dazzling 5 stars!
To be alone in this universe is an emptiness none of us could bear.
In this book, we meet the last two people involved in the LaRoux take down. Actually, we have met Sophia before, on Avon. She is the girl who lost her father due to LaRoux’s whispers and who helped Flynn hide out at one point. Then she left on a ship. Remember? Okay. Well she has spent her time travelling the galaxy, dead set on avenging her fathers death and taking out Monsieur LaRoux. We also follow Gideon, a world class hacker (galaxy class?) who is set to expose LaRoux for different reasons. They are suddenly thrown into each others lives, where secrets and lies are their key to survival. Then, insanity ensues!!!!
The whole group finally comes together – Lilac, Tarver, Flynn, Jubilee, Sophia, and Gideon- in an insane turn of events, and they all have some form of a connection to one another. It feels like many things moved at lightening speed in this book, whereas the previous two moved at a slower pace. I really enjoyed the action packed, fast paced movement of the story. There was not much down time to be had. This book was also unique because it had to tell Sophia and Gideons story, and the other couples had their own entire books to accomplish that, and then it also had to wrap up the entire series. I adored Sophia and Gideon! Gideon somehow stole my heart.
This story ended so beautifully, I almost don’t know how to describe it. But let me give you this warning: Don’t eat and read the last 10% of this book. It’s not gross or anything, but I cried so much, out of sadness, happiness, beautifulness… I was a mess. While trying to eat dinner. Not fun. Not pretty. I got strange looks galore from my husband. But I couldn’t stop myself. I looked a lot like this:
I know that seems like an unusual warning, but hey, it’s just my experience.
This was a gorgeous end to a series, that left my heart full and happy. Total satisfaction. Prime example of how to end a series!