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review 2016-07-25 00:00
Their Fractured Light: A Starbound Novel
Their Fractured Light: A Starbound Novel - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner I'm going to need a few days to pull back from the emotional roller coaster this book (and series) just put me through. I'm honest but tough with my ratings, and this series (book one was the best!!) is now on my all-time favorites list. Characters that are both realistic and achingly beautiful. I can't explain it. I just felt everything. All of it. Pretty sure that Tarver is a character I will never forget.
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review 2016-06-08 13:00
Thoughts: Their Fractured Light
Their Fractured Light: A Starbound Novel - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Their Fractured Light

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Book 3 (final) of Starbound



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.

We all know that communication is very important in the scope of the Bigger Picture... but these kids, man!

Ahem.  I had to get that out of my system.  Because all the secrets and all the assumptions and all the jumping to conclusions gets tiring sometimes.  Which is why, once again, I find myself conflicted about how I felt about a book in this Starbound series--the third and final book, to be exact.  Because, for the most part, Their Fractured World, much like the previous two books in this trilogy, was enjoyable and kind of majestic, in a way.  It captures your attention and keeps you going.

And yet, at the same time, you can't help but to feel a little exhausted by the similarities between how all three books choose to manage the story line, progression, and conflict--in ways so similar that I could see and feel exactly what was to come next.

Anyway, much like the other two Starbound books, this one had its moments of dragging progression; although the drag came at a different point in the book, more towards the middle.  The beginning of Their Fractured Light was actually very engaging and enjoyable.  I loved Sofia and Gideon at first sight... and then they chose to do things that made me groan in exasperation.

But whatever, we all saw it coming anyway, right?  Nothing like a pair of star-crossed lovers in a space opera to wrench those FEELS.  Except I didn't so much feel the FEELS as I felt the "sighs."

Then the book picks right back up again when the rest of our Starbound crew--Tarver, Lilac, Jubilee, and Flynn--come into the forefront.  And then everything feels like I'm reading a whole other book rather than following the Sofia and Gideon dramatics and love story.  The entire tone of the book changes; and I suppose the change was actually pretty good.

We get a well-rounded conclusion--if slightly untactful, and kind of awkward, and sort of deliberate in the progressive events--and all is well in the world again.  Or rather, the universe, I should say, since this is a space opera.

I'm not a big fan of the whole "everything was destined to happen this way" types of story lines; and I'm really not so big a fan of a higher being in the book telling us that these destined outcomes were foreseen and so events were "nudged" in favor of those particular outcomes throughout the books.  It kind of takes away from the majestic-ness of it all, and feels like the authors are doing what they need to do to roll out their intended story resolution.

Or at least, that's how it feels to me.

Some Final Thoughts:
The concept of Starbound was pretty interesting, even if some of it felt a little left field, out-of-the-blue strange.  Once you get into it, you kind of let it grow on you.  And the characters also grow on you as well no matter how many frustratingly ignorant decisions they all make.  It's an adventure of interestingly epic proportions following a band of friends with nothing to lose and everything to lose... and it's actually kind of fun.

Starbound isn't the best trilogy in the world.  But it is very enjoyable while you're in the moment, and it helps that, despite some of the things that bugged me about them, the characters are wonderfully crafted (even if their stories feel repetitive), and the overwrought emotions you sometimes only ever find in a young adult novel are bouncing all over the place between our six main characters, and making you feel a lot more FEELS than you'd expected to feel.  Or at least, making you notice where the FEELS are supposed to be.

This certainly was an interesting journey, even if not the most memorable.


2016 Reading Challenges:
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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/06/thoughts-their-fractured-light.html
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review 2016-05-20 13:00
Thoughts: These Broken Stars
These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Book 1 of Starbound


It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

I'm not entirely sure I know how I feel about this book, because while I didn't hate it, I didn't necessarily love it either. So a platonic like is probably good enough to describe my conflicting emotions.

A lot happens in this story. Maybe a bit too much. But even so, it took a good long while before I started getting into the book. I’d say at about the midpoint was where things finally started getting exciting; but at the same time, I still felt like there was so much going on that I had a little bit of trouble keeping up.

Nevertheless, I became hooked and merrily breezed through the rest of the book.

There are just a few points that came to mind while thinking about These Broken Stars , because I don’t have much else to say.

First of all, I do like Tarver and Lilac. They weren’t the most relatable characters at first, and I had an even harder time sympathizing with Lilac. But by the second half of the book, I was invested in their story. Would they survive? Would they find out what’s going on on this isolated planet? How will their relationship pan out?

They are good people. They just aren’t all that outstanding, honestly. Though I DID appreciate the vast development that took place with Lilac. She, literally overnight, went from spoiled princess to kickass survivalist. I’m conflicted on how I feel about that, but I’m really not complaining.

Second: I’ve mentioned this before in other reviews, but I’m not a big fan of the interchanging first person POV--I’m barely a fan of first person POV, period. But I’ve learned to live with it because so many of my favorite books are written in first person POV. But the interchanging first person POV tends to get confusing sometimes, and especially if both voices are fairly similar and don’t contain too many nuances.

If you’re going to write a book using an interchanging first person POV, why not just write it in third person omniscient or something like that? You can still see the character’s thoughts and feelings, and it doesn’t get confusing.

Fortunately, the voices of Tarver and Lilac were slightly unique enough that I didn’t have too many problems telling them apart. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have moments of confusion, because there were times when they DID sound quite similar. There might have been once or twice where I had to put the book down in the middle of a chapter, came back hours later, and thought I was reading Lilac, but had actually been reading Tarver.

Finally, the story was creative and the world intriguing. I’m curious to see how the rest of the trilogy pans out, but to be honest, I’m not in a hurry. Maybe space operas really aren’t my thing. Maybe I am so far removed from young adult age that I have trouble relating with young adult characters now. Maybe I’m just picky. Or maybe my tastes have come across some permanent changes.

These Broken Stars is a young adult fantasy slash science fiction slash futuristic type of book that I probably would have enjoyed immensely a few years ago when I was obsessed with young adult fiction. The first half was a little slow-going. The second half was much more exciting.

But the ending of the book, to be honest, just felt like a bit of a hot mess. I had a good amount of feels and emotions running through me during those last few chapters, that’s for sure. But I’m not entirely certain if it was all good or still very conflicted.


2016 Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Reading Challenge
BookLikes Reading Challenge
Reading Assignment Challenge
Bookish Resolutions Challenge
Mount TBR Challenge

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/thoughts-these-broken-stars.html
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review 2016-05-17 00:55
What can I say? -_-
Their Fractured Light: A Starbound Novel - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner


It took me almost a full month to read this, so you probably know what is coming...
I didn't hate it: had I hated it, I would have just DNF the whole thing. (Hate would have been welcome!)
 Instead I was left with the last book in a series that up until this instalment I had completely ADORED!
Instead I was left with a story that bored me to new intergalactic levels. -__-

First of all, I couldn't care about this story main characters:
_ Sophia, who is supposed to be some sort of Frank Abagnale, some master manipulator teen able to get her own way, every single time, was never strong enough, or interesting enough for me to care more than five seconds about her.
 I am sorry, I feel bad for the girl, her father was one of the many victims of the so called "Fury", but I could never care enough about her.
As for Gideon, our technological know it all, who lets a girl he never met before infiltrate his top secret lair, *sigh*, what can I say? -_-

So, there you have it: I found the two main characters dull and idiots. Not a good way to finish a series. Unfortunately the authors decided this would be a good time to also include the two previous couples in the story, so I was forced to keep on reading just to find out what would happen with one of them! C'mon!
Do you know how that made me feel?

Yeah, I was not a happy reader...
So there, congratulations,  the authors were able to made me keep reading a story, I was completely bored with, because I wanted to know what would happen WITH ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS. And no, in case you still didn't understand I am not talking about neither Gideon or Sophia. (they're bores).
The sci-fi part was more boring that usual, so my advice for anyone who still hasn't picked up this story, is just for you guys to read the first two volumes and never mind this one.
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review 2016-04-22 05:50
Lilac & Tarver: Starbound #1 - 4.5 stars...
These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Lately I've been in the mood for some soft & hard sci-fi space opera and since I absolutely loved Amie Kaufman's (& Jay Kristoff) Illuminae, I knew I had to read Kaufman's (& Megan Spooner) Starbound Trilogy too. These Broken Stars is the first book in the trilogy and although it was immensely enjoyable, so far Illuminae still holds the number one spot for me. 


The story starts out on board the Icarus, a luxury spaceliner built by LaRoux Industries. When it starts hurtling out of hyperspace, Lilac LaRoux, the rich and spoiled daughter of the LaRoux founder is thrown together with Major Tarver Merendsen, a decorated war hero from the wrong side of the universe. They are forced to survive together on a terraformed but deserted and strange planet that has something in store for them around every corner.


At the beginning Lilac is snobby and very irritating but as the story progressed she really developed some character and started growing on me. I enjoyed their harrowing trek across the planet as much as I did their time on the Icarus. I thought the love story was done well too. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I thought the whole thing with the whispers and the rift and Lilac's return went too far off the rails for my tastes. 

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