Their Fractured Light
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release: December 1st 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA
#3 in the Starbound trilogy
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.
You know, after I first read These Broken Stars and then learned that the other two novels would feature a different set of characters, I was inconsolable. I loved Lilac and Tarver and their story, and I still do; I still think the first one was the best one. However, I can definitely see how only having their points of views could have altered the story. The way these authors did it was definitely the best way to showcase in how many different ways completely different people can be affected by the same event. It's also why I'm keeping a close eye on Illuminae, because I have high hopes it'll end up being just as great as this one.
Truthfully, being the last one in line, there wasn't too much time to explore the titular characters of this novel before being reunited with the other four. As a result, I feel like I don't know Gideon and Sofia well enough yet, which is a shame, because I won't ever have another chance to get to know them as I would have liked. However, I think that Kaufman and Spooner still did a great job at developing them with the pace that they had to work with, they did their best and it shows. Sofia's character arc was a bit repetitive, I'll admit, but it kind of worked anyway. And Gideon was such a surprise, he ended up being so different than what I'd expected, and maybe it's because my own boyfriend is a programmer, too, but I ended up liking him immensely.
Gideon and Sofia's relationship was a little rocky at first, and I don't mean it literally, but rather their development. In the beginning, I didn't feel like they had any reason to fall in love with each other, but as time progressed, I could begin to see how and why they would do so. I'm still not sure whether they're truly a good fit for each other, not like the other two couples, but they could definitely work out. Also, their relationship was kind of really cute, even though they had their ups and downs, even if they were very deep down actually.
As soon as the other four players come onto the playing field, it gets as intense as ever. The pace is very fluctuating, picking up one moment and dropping a little the next, but personally I liked it that way, because you get to recover a bit from the actions that get the ball rolling. Things take a turn for the worse and it was so unpredictable and unnerving that I was really, surprisingly shocked by the plot twist, I have to say. There was something at stake, and it made everything that much more emotional and urgent. Then there's the fact that all three stories overlap and are tied together, now more than ever, which was simply awesome. I am amazed by the clever work these two authors have done here, because you don't even realize just how closely knitted together they are until the end.
In conclusion, I really, really enjoyed this trilogy. A lot. And I am a little bit sad to see it go with this final installment. Honestly, I wouldn't mind a bind-up or something of some short stories containing all these different characters, I'd love to see how they're doing; how the whole galaxy is doing after these events. I can totally recommend this series.