Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Review: Their Fractured Light

Title: Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Romance
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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 (goodreads).

If you thought These Broken Stars destroyed you, then you are not prepared for the heartache known as Their Fractured Light. 

Plot: If you have the opportunity to re-read books one and two, please do it. One day I'll learn. A year after Flynn accuses LaRoux industries, the world continues on as normal. Small rebel groups have broken out occasionally, but mostly for the fifteen minutes of fame rather than bringing about change. Enter Sofia and Gideon who both have a score to settle with LaRoux. 

Their Fractured Light manages to introduce two head-strong characters while weaving in old storylines and familiar faces. This book has mastered balance which makes it an instant favorite of mine. Never did I feel rushed nor did I feel that the story was dragging - it was the perfect pace to keep me intrigued and invested. Their Fractured Light is a downright thriller at times that had me holding my breath until the danger passed. 

We also get some  more information about our mysterious whispers and I can't applaud Amie and Meagan enough for how complex they've made these creatures and their situation. 

Characters: I was worried that Sofia and Gideon would have to share the limelight with our two other pairs, but they are given more than enough time to explore each other and grow together. Sofia and Gideon are my second favorite coupling in this series because of how independent both of them are. They continuously push and pull at each other while steadfastly refusing to acknowledge a possibility for a future together. 

Lilac, Tarver, Flynn, and Lee are also key characters for the second half of the novel. I forgot how much I loved their interactions with each other and how each of them delivers something special to the group. 

Worldbuilding: We are finally introduced to Corinth and it may be my favorite world. It's a world that has taken to the underground and use projections to create false skies and suns. It is creative but doesn't feel too far out there. 

Audiobook Narration: I fell in love with These Broken Stars via an audiobook, so I had to end the series with an audiobook as well. The production of Their Fractured Light surpassed all of my expectations and at the conclusion, I was applauding the wonderful job the narrators did. If you haven't read this series and are considering it, it's worth all of your audible credits. 

Short N Sweet: Their Fractured Light had me experiencing the entire gambit of emotions. This is a satisfying conclusion to a unique series that I'll always hold dear to me.  


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