Their Fractured Light – book review

Their Fractured Light

Their Fractured Light is the thrilling conclusion to the Starbound trilogy, written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

A year ago, Flynn Corman 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. No one 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 centre of the universe on the planet of Cornith, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring about the end to LaRoux Industries. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker who can worm his way past the best security measures to pull off hacks that others wouldn’t dare attempt. And then there’s Sofia Quinn – a girl with a killer smile who can have you offering up anything she desires, whenever she wants it. She also holds LaRoax 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 headquaters, their only chance at escaping is to work together. 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 the have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

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It felt so bittersweet to read the last book in the beautiful Starbound trilogy. It’s crazy to think that there was a time when I was reading the blurb of this book, wondering whether or not I’d fall in love with this series. I more than fell in love with it, if that’s even possible. I laughed, I cried, I fangirled… and fangirled some more… and some more… and some more… I feel like this series took me on a journey, and I’m sad that it’s finally over. Finishing this series feels like coming home from an adventure – you’re sad that you’re no longer away from home, but you’re thankful for all of the amazing memories you have from it and you dream about the day you’ll embark on another adventure. In relation to this series and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, I sincerely hope that they write another series together.

One of the things that I loved most about this series was how well Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner wrote together. Sometimes it’s obvious that two writers wrote a book together because the writing style can sound a little mismatched sometimes, like trying to use an iPhone app on an iPad – it’ll still work, but it won’t be the same and it won’t look as nice. I went to YA Matters in Melbourne a little while ago, which was a book seminar about YA fiction, and was lucky enough to hear Amie Kaufman speak and actually get to meet her. If I’m correct, I recall her saying that her and Meagan wrote the alternating chapters – Amie wrote the ones belonging to the guys. I thought that was a brilliant idea because it allowed the inner monologue of characters to be just slightly different, however there wasn’t overly drastic jumps from character to character in the way the book was written. I just felt like this series flowed perfectly and I really hope these two brilliant authors release another book soon!

Another thing that I simply adore about this series is that each book has different protagonists. For example, in These Broken Stars we had Lilac and Tarver, in This Shattered World we had Jubilee and Flynn, and now, in This Fractured World, we had Sofia and Gideon. Honestly, I can’t imagine how Amie and Meagan always manage to create such swoon-worthy characters every time! I think that my favourite couple will always be Lilac and Tarver just because they were the first, but spending time with Sofia and Gideon in this book was wonderful too. But just when I thought things couldn’t get any better… we get Lilac and Tarver, and Jubilee and Flynn thrown into this book around half-way as well! I loved seeing all of these people get together. I honestly couldn’t stop smiling for about two chapters when they got together simply because I was so happy to see everyone again!

However, when those four characters came back into the mix, I felt as though Sofia and Gideon kind of took the back seat for a while. I would have liked them to play a more active role in the ‘meet-up’, however I felt like the others were dominating the novel at that time. Like, I don’t mind at all because I love the others, however I felt like this was Sofia and Gideon’s book, not the others. They had their chance. This was Sofideon’s time to shine. Yes, I just made up a ship name for Sofia and Gideon. Deal with it.

I honestly held so much love Sofia and Gideon. They were such a cute couple and the hacker/grifter spin on this novel was very fun to experience. These two people had conflicting personalities in a lot of ways, which meant it was absolutely hilarious to watch how things turned out. For example, in one scene Sofia attempted to teach Gideon to dance. Snarky, sarcastic, swoon-worthy Gideon. Not to mention, the chemistry between the two of them felt real and was thoroughly intriguing. What made their romance even more heated was the sense of mistrust between them. Sofia and Gideon felt like they couldn’t fully trust one another for a lot of the book, which was refreshing because there’s an awful lot of books out there where protagonists simply fall into each other’s arms and immediately tell them all their deepest, darkest secrets. In that way, and in many other ways, this book felt incredibly genuine. I couldn’t be more pleased about that.

I guess I would have liked to have seen more romance between Sofia and Gideon though. There was an awful lot of making plans about destroying LaRoux Industries and everything, and all of that kind of blurred together for me. I became confused with what they were all planning to do because there was just so much information being thrown at me. I think some added romance between Sofia and Gideon could have been used to break up what was bordering on an info-dump at some points. But you know where there wasn’t info-dump? In regards to the world-building. I’ve read a lot of books where authors seem to think that they need to tell you everything about their ‘new world’ in the first chapter. Thankfully, this series never did that. This series has just the right amount of information about these new worlds spread throughout the book that you can build a clear picture in your mind, not be overloaded with details and forget them all by chapter nine.

While I’m sad that I’ve finished reading the Starbound series, I’m so thankful for the unforgettable journey I was taken on. This series had me hooked from the beginning and until the very end and I know that the names Lilac and Tarver, Jubilee and Flynn, and Sofia and Gideon will stay with me for a long time. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. If you’re into sci-fi romantic thrillers, this series is definitely for you. I’d give Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner a score of 9 out of 10. NOW – I’d love to discuss this with you! Have you read this book? Do you plan on reading it? Does this sound like the kind of series you’d be interested in? Have you ever had a really bad case of info-dump? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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