Our Rating: 5
Goodreads Rating: 4.22
This book in a song: Pierre by Ryn Weaver
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.
Sofia Quinn is the kind of girl you do not want to mess with. Being a con artist, she has strong powers of persuasion and can get herself out of basically any messy situation. Gideon Marchant is a pro hacker, and being the Knave, he is as dangerous as they come. Put Sofia and Gideon together and you have a solid team. When the two of them are thrown together under unfortunate circumstances, they have to work together, no matter how different they are.
Sofia and Gideon were such great characters, and I really enjoyed reading from both of their point of views. When they first meet, they are tentative about each other, but that’s a given considering the world they are living in. They lied to each other on more than one occasion, and have some major trust issues. You might even be able to argue that their relationship was based upon those lies. However, the longer they’re around each other, they find that they enjoy each other’s company and find solace in each other because it’s something that both of them don’t have. No matter how much Sofia doesn’t want to get involved with Gideon, she can’t help herself. Gideon was pretty much a goner for Sofia when he first laid eyes on her, even if he didn’t fully know the extent of it at first. And just when it seems like things are getting better for them a turn of events nearly get to be too much for them. Their relationship remains very fragile throughout the book, but I knew they would be able to figure it out in the end. Nonetheless I loved their relationship and was rooting for them!
The book was written so skillfully and each plot twist had me on the edge of my seat. Interestingly enough, each character was somehow connected to each other and it only served to make the story line more intriguing. All of the characters came together towards the middle/end of the book, and it was really cool to see them all work together. All of the build up from the first two books made for a great action-packed, fast-paced, concluding novel that tied it all together.
With some series, after the first book, it just goes downhill from there. But with the Starbound Trilogy, it only got better and better! What I love the most about this series is the characters. In each of the three books in the series, the characters are so unique and complex. Like I’ve said, why read a story when the characters are boring and predictable? Their Fractured Light is probably my favorite out of the series. The story line kept me engaged and I loved every second of it.
I still remember the day Lauren and I had the privilege to meet Amie and Meagan at a signing here in San Diego at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore! It was where we first learned what the name of the third book was going to be, and it seems like that was ages ago. It always makes me sad to think that this is the end of the series, but I enjoyed every second of it