Title: Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #3
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 1st 2015
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 centre 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.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
My Thoughts On…
I’m not going to say that I didn’t love this book. I felt it was the perfect ending to what has become one of my favourite series. However at times I felt it suffered from the same issue Winter had. As the final book in the series there was so much going on, all the characters coming together to end the conflict their stories had revolved around, that there wasn’t as much focus given to Sofia and Gideon as there was given to Flynn and Jubilee, and Tarver and Lilac in their stories.
Sofia blames LaRoux for her father’s death. She goes to LaRoux Industries to meet with her contact but her overall goal is to end LaRoux. It’s not enough to end his company or expose him when he will just rebuild, she wants him dead for what he did to her father. It is there, in the hologram room, that she first lays eyes on Gideon. Hacking into LaRoux Industries from the inside Gideon manages to set something off hidden deep within the LaRoux mainframe, something Sofia has already seen time and time again on Avon.
With the knowledge that if the guards question her she will be arrested Sofia directs their attention to Gideon. The two manage to escape together, before the guards can question them and before the rift can turn them into mindless husks, but they have both put themselves on LaRoux’s radar and later his soldiers come calling for Sofia. Unable to stay more than one step ahead of LaRoux Industries Sofia and Gideon go deep underground to the slums of the city to regroup and figure out LaRoux’s plan for the rift.
For Sofia and Gideon the plan is simple; make their way onto the Daedalus, Icarus’s sister ship, find the rift and stop LaRoux from using it to control the minds of all the planetary ambassadors. However while Gideon’s sole purpose is to stop LaRoux from using the rift Sofia has a more deadly outcome in mind for LaRoux.
Once aboard the ship however things go from bad to worse. Gideon and Sofia are not the only ones with a plan to stop LaRoux. Flynn and Jubilee, representatives from Avon, are aboard and together with Lilac and Tarver they have their own plan. However the whisper trapped in the rift is not like the one on Avon or on the planet Lilac and Tarver were shipwrecked on.
Sofia left Avon after her father’s death and ever since then she has been on the run from the Knave whom for reasons unknown to her, is hunting her down. Sofia is a grifter and very talented at reading people and manipulating them to get what she wants. It’s become hard for her to trust anyone after what happened and she definitely doesn’t trust Gideon but she knows she needs his help when she is taken by LaRoux’s soldiers and later to take down LaRoux himself.
Gideon has been carefully building up a reputation as the Knave ever since his brother, Simon, was killed as a result of LaRoux’s actions. He hates the man and everything he stands for but sees himself as a Robin Hood figure. He wants to take LaRoux down no matter the cost but he doesn’t want innocent people to get hurt in the process. Like Sofia he does not trust people easily, and he is sometimes never sure whether Sofia is genuine or just manipulating him but there is something about her that draws him in.
Both Sofia and Gideon have been damaged after losing the people closest to them and it turned them into hard shells who no longer trust in the kindness of others. Gideon has no other people who he feels will risk their necks for him and his den is heavily guarded to protect from outsiders. Sofia has been on her own and on the run since Avon, she learnt the hard way not to trust anyone and it’s a lesson she took to heart. I didn’t really feel their relationship had much of a foundation. The two kept secrets from each other for most of the book and fully admitted they didn’t trust each other.
We learnt a lot more about the whispers and their history amongst humanity which I loved. They have been such a large part of the whole trilogy but shrouded in mystery for the first two books. The whispers want to learn about humanity but they have seen so much of the bad from LaRoux who has kept them imprisoned and tortured them for years. Through Lilac and Tarver however they see faith, through Jubilee they see her dreams, and through Flynn they see his determination. In return they showed love to Lilac and Tarver and friendship to Jubilee, but the last remaining whisper can only show hatred, twisted by what LaRoux has done to it in the name of peace.
The Icarus was such a huge part of the first book and it was interesting to see the series go back to its roots through the Daedalus, the sister ship. However it was haunting and macabre seeing the way LaRoux has taken advantage of the tragedy and the deaths of tens of thousands of people. The extravagance and belittlement of all those deaths only emphasises how awful LaRoux really is. Corinth, the city where Lilac grew up and where Sofia and Gideon now make their home, is a massive place but underneath all the skyscrapers and penthouses there is the slums of the under city. A shinning city with corruption buried deep under the surface is a perfect metaphor for LaRoux himself.
While I think Their Fracture Light was my favourite book of the series, the way it brought all the characters together and the ending cannot be beat, Sofia and Gideon were not my favourite characters. That honour belongs to Tarver and Lilac who are probably my ultimate OTP.
What did you think of Their Fractured Light? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.