Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the final companion book of the Starbound trilogy and finally answers a lot of questions that we’ve all been pondering! I’ve been hooked on this trilogy right from the start with the crazy of Their Broken Stars, so I was excited to try the audiobook of Their Fractured Light to squeeze it in. I’m very glad I did since the audiobook has some really fun sound effects that add atmosphere to the story, definitely a recommended format. There will be vague spoilers for the overall trilogy plot revealed in the first two books below, but otherwise pretty safe.
Note: I received an audiobook copy of Their Fractured Light from the publisher. Listening to a book changes my reading experience.
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Narrated by Abby Craden, Cynthia Holloway, Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews
Published by Disney Hyperion on Dec. 1st, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 432 pages
Audio Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.
- Their Fractured Light is basically completely about the Whispers, which isn’t surprising at this point in the trilogy, but it made me happy. These creepy things have been the main draw for me throughout the trilogy and I’ve really wanted to get more answers about them, and we finally do!
- Sophie and Gideon are the couple of this book and they are pretty darn cute. They have a rocky start, but I liked their romance in the end.
- The narration for this book has two narrators for Sophie and Gideon, plus another two for the Whispers and that led to a nice ensemble. I thought Sophie and Gideon’s narrators generally did a good job with their characters, though there were a few times the the opposite gender sounded weird.
- My favorite thing about the audiobook version is that the Whispers are given creepy whispering sound effects that really set the mood. When I first started playing the audiobook and that’s what I heard, I knew I was in for a treat.
- Companion novels featuring different characters can be tricky as the series continues, but I thought this final book did a good job of bringing all three couples together to tell the story that needed to be told. It was also nice seeing Lilac and Tarver again!
- I’m exceedingly picky when it comes to romance and I did find Sophie and Gideon to get a bit overly cheesy at times, especially as things were getting dramatic ;-).
- I was surprised at how long the ending took to wrap things up and felt it would have been better to have ended sooner. Things just sort of dragged after the big climax.
- I have to admit that Sophie isn’t my favorite of the heroines. She’s got a personality that would generally rub me the wrong way in real life, so while I didn’t mind following her adventure, I didn’t bond with her like I did the other two.
Their Fractured Light brings the Starbound trilogy to a satisfying close. It was awesome to get so many answers and even hear directly from the Whispers’ perspective. I highly recommend the audiobook if you like multiple narrators and sound effects, since it really ups the atmospheric quality.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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