Review: Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

December 24, 2015 Reviews 6 ★★★★★

Review: Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerTheir Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #3
Published by Allen & Unwin on December 1st 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher
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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.

Their Fractured Light is the third and final book in this trilogy. You might like to read my reviews of These Broken Stars or This Shattered World instead.

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?

The Starbound Trilogy

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

6 Responses to “Review: Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

  1. Tracy Cornelius

    I agree on all points. The pace was great in this book (and series as a whole) and I wish I had read all the books in one go. Some series installations you can easily get back into with little confusion and doesn’t noticeably impacts the reader’s enjoyment of the story even if it has been more than a year since finishing the previous one. I finished the 2nd book of this series last February (read the first one right before it) so it has been almost a year exactly since I had visited this world.

    While I really enjoyed this novel, I think I would have gotten much more out of it if I had done a re-read of the first two. There were a few sub-plots that took me a while to catch back up on and another few that I didn’t really ever remember exactly what went down.

    These books are living proof that you can judge a book based on the cover because that is totally why I picked up the first one! I am excited to see what these gals come out with next as a pair or in solo endeavors!

  2. Tracy Cornelius

    I thought I had read/heard somewhere that each author was writing just one perspective in each book. Like Kaufman did Sofia and Spooner did Gideon, for example. Do you know if that is correct? And if so, who wrote which ones in the series?

    I’m probably being lazy and overlooking this easily accessible information somewhere on Goodreads or the authors’ book site but I thought I’d ask in case y’all knew.

    • Angelya

      Yes, I think you’re right there. We heard Amie Kaufman speak at the Brisbane Writers Festival in 2014, so it was quite a while ago now, but I’m pretty sure she said she tended to write the guys and Meagan did the girls chapters. It’s hard to tell their writing apart though, isn’t it? It was the one thing I found difficult about this third book, that I kept having to check to see who’s chapter I was reading!
      Anyway yes, I am totally looking forward to whatever they come up with next!

      • Tracy Cornelius

        Yup, absolutely! This last installment is the one I had the hardest time keeping myself character oriented. I had to often go back to the beginning of the chapter to remember who’s perspective I was in.

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