Their Fractured Light : Starbound

  • by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
  • Narrated by Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: Starbound
  • 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 18-year-old computer hacker known in Corinth's underworld as The Knave of Hearts. 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. Both of them have their own reasons 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.
Read by Kim Mai Guest and MacLeod Andrews, with Cynthia Holloway and Abby Craden.

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Third in series, must read in order

This is the third & final book in this series. It has an intriguing plot but can get confusing.

The first book was my favorite & if you made it through the twists at the end of that then you probably continued on to the second.

Two reasons why these books get progressively confusing/complicated:
1. The first book has 2 main characters, Lilac & Tarver. They are pretty isolated so it's a basic chapter by chapter POV alteration.
The second book barely involves the original 2, focusing on a new pair Flinn & Jubilee. However they are far from alone & there are many flashbacks to when they were children.
By the final book we have a much broader stage, a new couple, more flashbacks that go back to all 6 character's pasts & a lot of conflicting secret schemes.

2. The second reason for confusion is sort of a spoiler & I don't quite know how to explain without giving anything away.
I can say that all 3 books take place in a future that has space travel & colonization on many different planets. All 3 books take place on different planets & as everything is tied together it's not as neat & clean a bow as it could be.
Another round of editing would have helped.

Having said all that, I did enjoy all 3 books, listening to them back to back helped. And despite my confusion at times I genuinely cared about the story.
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- Amazon Customer

Excellent Finale

Their Fractured Light completes the Starbound trilogy, bringing characters from the previous books together in order to finally solve the mystery of the Whispers. Authors Kaufman and Spooner did an excellent job of creating three sets of distinct pairs and creating challenges for each that tie in to the overall story. The denouement is action packed and, if not unexpected, makes sense for the overall theme.

Story: Sofia is undercover and with one mission - to kill the man (LaRoux) responsible for her father's suicide/death. Gideon is a hacker living in the underground and controlling information. When their paths cross at an interrupted assassination attempt, they soon learn there is much more to fear than just LaRoux. For there is a Whisper who has been perverted and wants revenge - on all of humanity.

We see the return of Lilac and Tarver, Flynn and Lee, we come full circle back on Corinth. The introductions in the beginning of the chapters tell the story of just what LaRoux has done, making it becomes obvious why things are in the state they are in.

The first 3/4 is the story of Sofia and Gideon's uneasy alliance and having to learn to trust. Both have secrets they wish to protect and very different goals. But as LaRoux security begins to track them down, they will have to learn to trust each other and then also Flynn/Lee/Lilac/Tarver. As they all come together, it's each of their unique skills that will be called upon to save Corinth and the humans from destruction.

The narration of this book was top notch, though I found the chapter headers given in Whisper voices very hard to understand. But in all, an excellent and well-written series.
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- Joki

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Listening Library