Publisher: Disney Hyperion (December 1st 2015)
Hardcover: 432 pages
Series: Starbound #3
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
A satisfying finale to the Starbound series, I’m definitely a little sad that it’s over. After three awesome books, with so much actions, adventures and six wonderful characters, it’s a bit of a bittersweet goodbye.
There are monsters among us, it’s true. But there are heroes too.
Gideon and Sofia, our new heroes of the book are so amazing and adorable. Gideon the sarcastic hacker and Sofia the untrustworthy con artist, I love that they’re not the most law-abiding heroes of the universe. And I loved that when they first met, Sofia tired to throw Gideon under the bus, but they end up begrudgingly partnering up. Muahaha.
I’m pretty sure she was trying to throw me under the bus until the guards made it clear she’d be joining me there. Still, I can’t really blame her – it as a tight spot, and all’s fair in love, war, and criminal trespassing.
I adored Gideon, he’s charming and brilliant and cocky and sweet. The character growth was perfect.
You’d think I’d know to stay away from trouble by now. But here I am, mu mouth tasted like a SysCleanz tablet, bolting down a hallway, suced into this fiasco by a pair of dimples.
Sofia was a bit of a tough nut to crack. She’s got wall built and for good reason too. They both has a lot trust issues and rarely rely on other people, so it was a a bit of a struggle for them to truly open up and be vulnerable to each other. But when Gideon finally gets past Sofia’s guards, it was beautiful.
“What I started to say,” he murmurs, “was that if it were you in there, in that wreck…if you were the one whose life, or soul, or self were at stake, and I had to choose between you and the entire universe? I’d be halfway there already. I wouldn’t even stop to think.”
The over-aching story of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World finally gets a nice wrap-up. Travers, Lilac, Jubilee and Flynn all make an appearance for the latter half of the books as Gideon and Sofia join them in saving the universe. It’s a high-octane and emotional roller-coaster of an adventure with a villain I love to hate and some craziness to keep me on the edge of my seat. Seriously, the bad bad guy was intense and oh man were there scenes that had my heart beating a hundred miles a minutes.
Overall, I loved this finale to the series and I just loved this series. Gideon and Sofia definitely have a spot in my heart (and I’ll always forever love Lilac and Travers (and Jubilee and Flynn, I love them all)). Kudos to Kaufman and Spooner for creating an amazing universe with stories that intertwined fantastically across three books. Each and every book was extraordinary sci-fi action fun.
“Sofia,” he mumbles against my skin, hips pressing against mine, arms tightening around my waist. “I always knew you.”
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