Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

4.31 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 10 reviews • 30 shelved
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Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

4.31 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 10 reviews • 30 shelved
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.
  • ISBN10 1423171047
  • ISBN13 9781423171041
  • Publish Date 1 December 2015
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 430
  • Language English


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Ashley 4 of 5 stars
I definitely enjoyed this one more than This Shattered World; I loved the new characters! But These Broken Stars is still my favourite. ♥ That's the one that truly has the heart-stopping romance IMO.

But I loved seeing all the characters come together and everything unfold.

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I really liked this series, and the ending was a interesting look at us, as humans, and our humanity. I was not expecting it to go in that direction, but I was not disappointed either. I love how Kaufman and Spooner brought all the MCs from each book together, and revealed how they were interconnected. Once again, they gave us a great couple -- Gideon and Sophia. Sophia is a con woman on the run with a mission, and Gideon is a high end hacker. Both were out for revenge on the same man, but they had very different ideas of how to avenge the deaths of their loved ones. As the story goes on, each of our characters evolve, they realize that their feelings about a lot of things have changed, and their needs and desires changed too, for the better.
I choose who I am, every day. And I'm choosing now to be me.

There is so much mushy love and I had heart-eyes quite a few times. Pitter pat, that sort of stuff makes me happy.
was that if you were the one whose life, or soul, or self were at stake, and I had to choose between you and the entire universe? I'd be halfway there already. I wouldn't even stop to think."

They also highlight the friendships and the love for friends that make us whole.
And from the inside, surrounded by the joy and devotion and loyalty of my friends, the shimmer of rage on the outside of our lives looks paper-thin.

I thought the authors did a great job bringing this story to it's climax. Once all 6 MCs were together, it got real. This was a very satisfying ending to a great series, which left me thinking about things -- which is a good thing.

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Alexandra 5 of 5 stars
Really amazingly good! I can't express how much I love these characters and this series.

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Ezrah 3 of 5 stars
This review first appeared on I Heart Romance & YA

I was soooo excited when the last book of the Starbound series came out! I mean THIS series really started my love for all things YA: These Broken Stars and This Shattered World blew me away and I expected to be blown away by the series finale.

Didn't you like the book at all?

Don't get me wrong, I actually liked the Their Fractured Light, I just wasn't blown away by it. It's hard to admit that one of your favorite series didn't blow you away, and I am a little sad by this. I do have my reasons for not enjoying it as I had hoped I would. Maybe it's the fact that I keep comparing Sophia and Gideon to Lilac and Tarver! I know I shouldn't but I could not help myself!

Read the full review on I Heart Romance & YA

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cornerfolds 4 of 5 stars

Over the last year I have been amazed by the epicness of the Starbound series. I started with These Broken Stars at the beginning of the year and was just blown away. I laughed, I cried, and I didn't think any other book in the series could live up to it. I was kind of right. Book two, while also amazing, wasn't quite -as- good as the first. Still, I really loved the story and characters. Now it's on to book three and I was really hopeful for an amazing ending to an amazing series!

Their Fractured Light was kind of a unique book in the series. While both of the first two books were mostly focused on one couple, this one was very evenly split between a new romance and the two old ones. While this does appear to be Sofia and Gideon's story on the surface, it wasn't quite. Sofia and Gideon are the primary focus of about the first half of Their Fractured Light. Sofia is a con artist and Gideon is a hacker and they are honestly adorable together. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with them on the same level as I did Lilac and Tarver, or even Jubilee and Flynn.

I think my primary issue with Sofia and Gideon is that they didn't have nearly as much time to grow to love each other. It seemed that they went very quickly from completely distrusting each other and never planning to see each other again to being in love. It just wasn't quite believable enough for me. That being said, they both had very interesting backstories and were very sympathetic characters. I also enjoyed how their stories connected to the other books in the series.

The final installment of the Starbound series nicely wraps up the mystery of the whispers. I really enjoyed reliving certain aspects of the first two books in the series from the whispers' perspective. I hadn't anticipated coming to care very much about the whispers as characters, but that's exactly what ended up happening.

Obviously all four characters from the earlier books were present in the last half of this book and I loved ever second of having them back! My biggest disappointment after reading These Broken Stars was not having Tarver and Lilac in the books, but they were a huge part of this one, and it was amazing! Lilac's relationship to the whispers is a major plot point in this one and it was super interesting to see how that all played out.

This book is action start to finish (so basically like the other two). There were a few lags that really slowed down the reading for me, but the abundance of action made up for those. The mission to destroy LaRoux Industries and the man at the helm was a big part of the story and the main point that brings Sofia and Gideon together. LaRoux has been such a villain from the beginning of the series, so it was obviously great to see someone go after him with a vengeance!

One of the things I really liked was getting to explore the amazing city on the planet of Corinth. I honestly can't quite picture it in my head, but it sounds incredible! There's an upper city and a lower city and it kind of reminds me of The Fifth Element, but I wish I had a picture! Fan art, anyone?

Overall, I thought this was a great end to the series and it wrapped everything up in such an amazing, interconnected way! My main complain is the way the relationship between Sofia and Gideon was sped up to the point of not being believable. Although neither of the subsequent books lived up to These Broken Stars, this was a completely amazing, incredibly unique series! I'm not normally a huge fan of sci-fi, but these books made me a believer! The Starbound trilogy is definitely a must-read and I recommend it to basically every reader I know!

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Slow clap it out for this one.

This entire series was phenomenal. The characters were some of the best developed that I have ever seen. The setting and storyline were so unique. This is easily one of my favorite YA series. Initially, I wasn't sure how having three separate sets of protagonists throughout the series would impact the overall progression and continuity of the storyline, but it was done so in a way that ensured the reader was not overwhelmed. And by only switching between two points-of-view in each book, it was very hard to get confused. Protagonists from previous books played large parts in this final installment, but everything was told from either Gideon or Sofia's viewpoint, which definitely helped during scenes where there was a lot going on. By the way, how great are these character names?! Lilac LaRoux, Tarver Merendsen, Flynn Cormac, Jubilee Chase, Gideon Marchant, and Sofia Quinn. After completing the series, they all have distinct physical and personality traits in my mind, like I can almost see them. That, my friends, is excellent writing.

The narration for all three of these books was great, as well. Especially for the parts involving the "Whispers". The narration and sound effects really enhanced the story's power. ~The Audiobookworm

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Kelly 4 of 5 stars
The Starbound series has been phenomenal and one of my favourite young adult series to date. Each installment introducing readers to a new couple of unlikely partners who form bonds and both having been touched by the devastation LaRoux Industries has inflected upon their worlds. Using deception and her cunning, Sofia can swindle her way into any situation, having shifted around between worlds since her father was killed. She certainly won't let her guard down for Gideon, the computer hacker that now has her on the run. Gideon has his own vendetta and through chance, the two reluctantly join forces.

Gideon is not only a hacker but a notorious keyboard warrior, keeping his online identity a mystery. Sofia wants more than to bring down the LaRoux empire and neither Sofia or Gideon can trust one another, keeping their own secrets of lies and deception. As the storyline progresses, the reader is reintroduced to the characters of previous installments, Lilac, Tarver, Jubilee and Flynn. It becomes apparent that LaRoux is on the verge of world domination and the team of unlikely heroes must find a way to coincide and save humanity.

Although I enjoyed their intense attraction, I felt Sofia and Gideon were more engaging as individuals and seemed to lose their identity once the romantic aspects of their partnership were introduced. Neither felt as developed as previous characters in the series. It isn't until the latter half of Their Fractured Light where the intensity increases tenfold. LaRoux Industries and the Whispers that were introduced in These Broken Stars are being used as a weapon against those on Corinth, before introducing the technology that ensures compliance to the rest of civilisation.

Suffice to say, the finale crescendo is absolutely epic. I gasped, laughed inappropriately, swooned, and felt the gauntlet of emotions before settling on utter contentment. Like previous installments, the storyline was intricate and beautifully paced. The world building is immaculate and vividly imagined, placing the reader among the stars with our young group of heroes. Even told in dual points of view, the chapters are seamless and show what remarkable authors both Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner truly are. Not many authors could create such a wildly imagined and beautiful series, that is also relatable through it's utterly charming and ragtag characters. The partnership they've formed is a forced to be reckoned with.

An epic finale to what has been not only a beautifully written, but incredibly engaging and lovingly created series. Although I would have liked to have seen deeper character development of both Sofia and Gideon, I loved it regardless. The Starbound trilogy is without a doubt, one of, if not the best young adult science fiction series to date.

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Linda 5 of 5 stars
Their Fractured Light definitely brings the Starbound story full circle. And it's a story of true hope, hope for humankind, for love, and for faith. I think I really needed this kind of story right now, too. Where choices are important, and where making the right choice can be the most difficult situation of them all.