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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Review: Their Fractured Light (Starbound Trilogy #3)

I began Their Fractured Light wondering if my many questions would be answered. The two earlier books in the Starbound series, These Broken Stars and This Shattered World,  were so different from each other, it was hard to imagine how the wide-ranging themes could converge and be resolved in one book.

I needn’t have worried. From the first page we had lift off. Once again I struggled to put the book down. High action, intrigue, issues of trust and betrayal keep the tension high.

LaRoux Industries has been the darling of the universe for decades but behind the company’s commercial fa├žade lies an underbelly of dangerous experimentation that could bring the galaxy to the brink of destruction. Over the years it has left no trail to connect it to tragedies that have affected tens of thousands of lives.

If the people you loved had been killed, what would you do? Would you have the courage to plan a revenge murder, perhaps a universe-wide media exposure of the culprit? Enter Sofia Quinn, deception queen, and the Knave of Hearts whose real identity no one knows. Neither can remember what it is like to trust, for good reasons. Their motives are the same but their plans, planets apart. Can they join forces to achieve the unimaginable? Could either of them begin to trust again after so long? Is anything more than trust possible?

While Their Fractured Light is a quick, easy read, the themes that resonate beneath the surface run deep and wide. Buckle up for a fast-paced rollercoaster with political, emotional and relationship themes.

Title: Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781743319710
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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