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.
I’ve really enjoyed these ‘space operas,’ the first was my favorite, but the second one continued to expand on the huge world and built upon the mysteries uncovered in These Broken Stars. This last installment was not a let down. It carried on the great cast of complex characters, resolved the issue with LaRoux Industries, and made a poinant statement on humanity and what it means to be individuals.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that we had already met Sofia, and thought it was very cleaver of the authors to use a character who we already had a taste for since the second half of the book intertwines all six of our main characters from the series. There was also a connection to Gideon that I figured out before it was revealed that I appreciated and also gave us some insight into his characters.
These two MCs were probably the most complex we’ve had so far. All of our characters have had tough pasts, trials, and obstacles to overcome to become the people they want to be and to be with the people they want to be, but these two had a harder go of it than I think our others did. They are so secluded that they have lost a part of themselves, and it takes a long time in this story for them to find out who they are at their cores, and if that’s someone they can be again.
I thought the resolution was complete, and filled all the gaps about what was going on with the whispers’ and leaving us with a look at how all of our main characters were going to live. My favorite couple has always been Lilac and Tarver, and they had a lot of challenges in this on. I was surprised that they were the couple facing the most repercussions, but it all made sense, and if anyone they could get through it. It was really interesting seeing how Jubilee and Flynn had grown together, and I loved their dynamic, they were still such strong individuals who worked even better together. I have to say they went up a few notches for me in this, their book was my least favorite of the series, I also liked how they had formed such a friendship with Lilac and Tarver.
Overall, this was a satisfying conclusion to the series, but the first book will always be my favorite.