A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
(This is the second book in the Starbound series. You can find my review of the first book here. Spoilers in the summary below.)
Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction
Summary – Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.
Initial Thoughts – I absolutely loved the first book, These Broken Stars. This one started out promising, but in the end I was disappointed.
Plot – ★★★☆☆ The plot started off great, but along the middle it just fell for me. I wasn’t kept on the edge of my seat until the end. It was just missing that little something that makes good books great.
Characters – ★★★★★ Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have the ability to create wonderful characters. Even though the main characters are both on the opposite sides of the war, I still managed to fall in love and cheer for both of them.
Story world – ★★★★★ It’s clear from this series just how much skill these authors have when it comes to creating haunting science fiction worlds.
Style – ★★★★☆ Both of their styles were smooth and clear, making the complex science fiction ideas simple.
Closing Thoughts – If you enjoyed These Broken Stars, I would recommend that you still read this book. I’m looking forward to reading the third book, Their Fractured Light, soon.
(summary and cover from GoodReads)