Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Starbound #3)

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“Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

4 out of 5 stars.

A year ago, Flynn Cormac’s broadcast about the “whispers” swept across the galaxy, revealing the reason for the Fury that had claimed so many on Avon. Now, Sofia Quinn is far away from the cloud covered planet that was the only true home she had ever known, and she is out for revenge. Sofia is on the trail of Roderick LaRoux, the man she holds responsible for the whispers that caused her father’s death, and she is the closest she has ever been to getting the information she needs to destroy LaRoux when a stranger suddenly ruins all of her carefully laid plans.

Gideon Merchant is the faceless hacker known as the Knave of Hearts, and he’s out to destroy LRI and the man behind the company. Gideon has been tracking a woman who was close enough to LaRoux to know what has really been happening within the company, and the closer he gets to her, the closer he is to having real proof of the crimes that the creator of LaRoux Industries has committed. But when the hacker and the con artist get trapped in one of LaRoux’s buildings on Corinth, they both find themselves suddenly in need of a partner in crime to get out of LRI’s grasp alive.

With LaRoux Industries out to destroy them, Sofia and Gideon team up, combining their skills and using lies to survive a deadly game that started long before they ever cared about who LaRoux was. As their search for revenge goes on, Sofia and Gideon begin to realize that there is so much more at stake now than just their desire for justice, but the lies that are building up between them could stop them both from getting what they want. Can Gideon and Sofia learn to work together by putting their differences aside before it’s too late or will LaRoux’s whispers be the end of the world as they know it?

“Their Fractured Light” was quite the roller coaster ride of a book! Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner created another fantastic book together, and I am so happy that this writing duo succeeded in giving their amazing “Starbound” trilogy a complete and satisfying ending! I loved reading their books set in the star-swept world of Tarver and Lilac, Jubilee and Flynn, and now Gideon and Sofia. Although I enjoyed reading “Their Fractured Light” a lot, I do have mixed feelings about certain aspects of it, one of them being Sofia.

I don’t know what it was, but for some odd reason, I could not connect with Sofia. It’s not that I didn’t like her or that she wasn’t a well-developed character, but I just felt a bit distant from her. I don’t know whether it was just the time in my life when I read “Their Fractured Light” and if that somehow stopped me from liking her character more, but I just wasn’t able to feel invested in her back story despite how heart wrenching it truly was and her past connection to Flynn Cormac. I was, however, really grateful for the dual perspectives that Amie and Meagan chose to do for their books because I ended up really liking their other character, Gideon.

I found Gideon to be extremely interesting from the very start of “Their Fractured Light,” and he continued to be so throughout this book. I felt like Gideon had a lot of layers to his character and it took until about a third of the way through for most of his secrets to get brought into the light, and although those secrets were fairly easy to guess, I liked that they added a lot of substance to him and helped to make him a very interesting character. Beyond finding Gideon’s background very compelling and extremely heartbreaking, I also really liked reading from his perspective and getting to “hear” his voice. For me, I think that the only thing that didn’t make me like this character more was the “romance” that happened between him and Sofia.

This was the one romance in Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s “Starbound” trilogy that didn’t draw me in or make me root for its survival. In “These Broken Stars,” I bought into the romance that blossomed between Tarver and Lilac. I know that they may have fallen in love a little bit fast, but the pacing and circumstance of that book helped their romance to seem plausible and, at moments, magical. I liked those two characters and their romance a lot, and then when I read “This Shatter World” last December, I just fell head-over-my-shipper-heels in love with the romance between Jubilee and Flynn. I adored the fact that they had a few gloriously beautiful moments filled with tension that never felt forced while not letting it overtake their mission to save Avon and its people. The romance developed slowly between Jubilee and Flynn due to their personalities and their strenuous circumstances, and I loved that there wasn’t insta-love between the two of them. I don’t think either of them ever thought or said that four-lettered word out loud, but I could tell as a reader that, if the two of them were given the chance, they would be amazing together. I loved both Flynn and Jubilee separately as well as together, and “This Shattered World” and its characters really left their mark on my heart; Amie and Meagan’s words from that book really stuck with me and remain some of my favorites that I have had the chance to read. Everything about “This Shattered World” still makes me smile and my heart soar, but the romance in “Their Fractured Light” didn’t make sense to me the way Amie and Meagan’s other two romances had.

I felt like the situations that Gideon and Sofia were placed in for this story’s purpose did not provide the right kind of moments to create genuine tension beyond the mounting lies or a plausible reason other than attraction to make these two form an attachment, especially considering how little time they spent together. I would have been okay with the romance if it had blossomed slowly over time, but their “moment” happened early on in “Their Fractured Light” and only a few days after they had first met. It just felt a little forced and like it happened too soon, especially since all of the massive drama started to go down right afterwards.

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I would have been okay if they had known each other for longer (more than three or four days) and then started to have a developing romance, but alas, that was not to be! Sorry, I just felt like it escalated a little too quickly for my taste. I know that the other romances were quick too, but the pacing, situations, and writing in “These Broken Stars” and “This Shattered World” caused the relationships to feel more organic, and personally, I just liked them better.

Besides the romance, though, I really liked “Their Fractured Light.” I really admire and appreciate how Amie and Meagan seem to work together so flawlessly, like they’re one person, and how they are able to create such different atmospheres within each of their books while deliberately and flawlessly connecting them. This epic duo definitely knows how to write very cohesive and complex books while giving their readers new and thrilling adventures! I also love the little Easter Eggs that they toss into each of their books that tie all of their characters together, and “Their Fractured Light” didn’t just have Easter Eggs, it was the freaking awesome moment where all of the separate threads finally intersected to make sense and blow your mind!

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I think that one of the many things that I really liked about “Their Fractured Light” was that it made me love the previous two books even more than I already did. At the half way point, about 200 pages, I was not sure if I loved this book because of the romance and the type of drama that was going on between Gideon and Sofia, but then Tarver and Lilac showed up, and I got really excited to see how much of them Amie and Meagan would write into their final book. Oh, and then Flynn and Jubilee arrived in the best way possible, and this fangirl decided to love “Their Fractured Light”!

Seeing Tarver and Lilac and Jubilee and Flynn together again just made my heart so happy, and when you-know-what wasn’t hitting the fan, I would just start to smile because I was SO happy to see them all together! Tarver was as amazing as ever and I was so happy to see Lilac; those two are a great couple, and I am so glad that they never give up on each other.  Oh, and be still my shipper heart, whenever Flynn got some page time…

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I don’t know what it was, but I just LOVED the words that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner wrote for him in these books! It was also beyond fantastic to see Jubilee, and I just love that female character. She was so great in “This Shattered World” and that didn’t change one bit in “Their Fractured Light.” P.S. Flynn + Jubilee = 1 happy fangirl.
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As happy as the reappearance of these beloved characters made me, “Their Fractured Light” was definitely a very emotionally tormenting book. Amie and Meagan did not choose to go easy on their characters and that combined with all of the crazy alien stuff made for a very fast paced and stress second half of the book. The project that Roderick LaRoux had started before this trilogy began was coming to a head, and it seemed like there was no solution to the horrible thing that he had “created.” On top of that, something quite unexpected happened, and I was unsure of how Amie and Meagan were going to resolve it.

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Thankfully for us readers, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner wrote a great end to their trilogy. The death toll and emotional torment was definitely high in this book, but they did tie up the loose ends that had been strung throughout the “Starbound” books, and “Their Fractured Light” felt like a complete ending.

Overall, “Their Fractured Light” was a great finale to a fantastic trilogy. I loved that all of my favorite characters came back into play and that Amie and Meagan so skillfully brought every little piece together so I could see what their connections were to the whispers. I also felt like the pages that Amie and Meagan had before each new chapter helped to make the story within these books more complex and dynamic, especially the ones from “Their Fractured Light,” and they were one of my favorite things to read in this book. All of those little details in addition to Amie and Meagan’s amazing cast of characters made for a pretty epic trilogy, and I’m so happy that these books and the adventures they have taken me on had a well resolved ending! “Their Fractured Light” is definitely a must read!

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