Friday, January 15, 2016

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {review}

Their Fractured Light 
by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
♦publisher: Disney-Hyperion
♦release date: December 1st, 2015
♦hardcover, 432 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: Starbound Trilogy, book 3
  review of book 1, These Broken Stars
  review of book 2, This Shattered World
♦source: from publisher for honest review
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.

Review:  Sigh.  It's over. All done. No more wonderful adventures within this fantastic space fantasy world.  Despite my sadness at reaching the end, I really enjoyed this final installment. 

When I heard this one would be about Sophia, I was overjoyed. I loved the small bit we got to know her in This Shattered World and was excited to delve more into her story. I don't really remember Gideon from the previous book, but he was a joy to get to know and I loved the chemistry between these two. The two of them both have such faceted characters, and we get to see all their cleverness, their vulnerability, they major trust issues. And while the attraction might be there straight away, the closeness and real feelings between them develop slowly and make for some great swoony scenes. 

The first half read a little slow for me, but as a whole this story is incredibly exciting. There are some really gut-wrenching surprises and I loved seeing a few familiar faces, especially as story lines from this and the previous books start to come together. Once again we get the interjected voice of the alien "whispers" and again, while most of it is cryptic and mysterious, it helps the whole plot culminate into its final conclusions. In the end, it was their voices that brought me to tears. 

My small issue with this one was the point where this started to feel a little like a typical zombie survival story. It was really just one small part to everything that was going on, but seemed a bit ordinary and overdone in a story where everything else is unique and mind-blowing lol. One other small problem I came across was the alternating POV. For most of the story, it works beautifully and I love getting to see both sides of their story. But at the main cast got larger, it became harder to distinguish who was talking, so if I'd forgotten whose name was at the beginning of the chapter, I would sometimes get confused and have to back up a few pages. But perhaps that was just a "me" problem. :D

Despite either of these small issues, this was an incredibly exciting and fully satisfying finale to this series.  I can't wait to see these two authors working together again in the Unearthed series in 2017! 

Find Amie Kaufman online: Website  •  Twitter  •  Instagram
Find Meagan Spooner online: Website  •  Twitter  •  Tumblr

Purchase Their Fracture Light:  BookDepository  •  Indiebound  •  Amazon


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