Series: Starbound #3
Published by Allen & Unwin on December 1st 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.
Sophia and Gideon are both infiltrating La Roux Industries headquarters on the planet of Corinth when they meet, and it all goes downhill from there, really. Keeping layers of secrets from each other, they are both working to bring the mega-corporation down.
In These Broken Stars, we heard the story of Tarver and Lilac and the Icarus. In This Shattered World, Jubilee and Flynn were the main characters. Yes, there are two new players in this third book, but neither Sofia or Gideon are completely unknown – both had small roles or mentions in the previous books. All of them end up together by the middle of this book, and the adventure continues from there, and it is just. So. Epic.
One thing I will say is that I wish I had re-read the previous two books before starting Their Fractured Light, as I have done with other series this year. I had a trouble remembering what happened previously, especially in the second book. It wasn’t really a problem while reading this one, I just felt like some of the detail might have been clearer.
There’s a bit of a heist feeling to this story. Sofia and Gideon work together to hack, break and enter their way into La Roux Industries a number of times, and barely get away with their lives on more than one occasion. Their chemistry together is amazing, and not just from the romantic side. The way they hide secrets and gradually reveal them is just sizzling, even though they each narrate the story. We never know their full motivations until they choose to reveal them to people around them.
This series is one with the most cracking pace out of any I read this year! I would have loved to sit down and read it all in one sitting – it gripped me from page one and I had a very hard time putting it down. Not to mention the glorious cover. This series definitely wins the cover-love of the year, wouldn’t you agree?