Series Title: Starbound
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Number of Books: 3 (All books are stand-alone; continuing story arc)
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi
Series (Average) Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
It’s been quite a while since I posted a series review. I only do so when I really love all the characters. I think it’s due time I post a review about one of the most remarkable YA Series, Starbound, authored by two amazing women, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
Starbound is about six brave teenagers who embarked on a separate journey of survival in a futuristic setting. More than just solving their normal teenage dilemmas, the characters also work together to help save the universe as they know it against a mysterious enemy.
Starbound is thrilling, romantic and magical. It will take to a new world you would enjoy exploring along with the characters. Just to be clear, I also have things I didn’t like in some parts of the series, mainly just book two and three and how some parts felt dragging. I have prepared a separate review for each installment.
Also, I am excited to share with you all the castings I chose for the main characters in each book! I think you would agree with me on how fitting the models look for their book counterparts. Lastly, about the covert arts, I also usually include ratings for each book but this series, hands down, has one of the best covers and all 5-star worthy so I wouldn’t include it in the reviews anymore.
That’s about it. Scroll down for a more detailed review of each installment.
Book 1: THESE BROKEN STARS
“I know a thousand different smiles, each with its own nuanced shade of meaning, but I don’t know how to reach the few feet away to touch this person next to me. I don’t know how to talk to him. Not when it’s real.”
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
5 of 5 stars to These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Ah, Lilac and Tarver, My favorite couple from the series! The first book to the Starbound trilogy really raised the bar high for the next two installments. All aspects in the book worked well in its favor. The main characters’ chemistry is off the charts, the story is well paced and it just has enough adventure and action to spur the reader on. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read whether it’s your first time reading about sci-fi (like me when I read this one) or not.
I already posted a review of this book two years ago. Here is a link if you want to read it.
Book 2: THIS SHATTERED WORLD
“You’re the most important thing in this universe. You; this vessel; the people of this planet; lovers, warriors, artists, leaders, dreams more numerous than stars. Each mind unique, each thought created for an instant and then broken apart to form new ones. You don’t understand the unbearable beauty of being you.”
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.
3 of 5 stars to This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World fell short in some aspects hence the three stars. The pacing was a bit dragging an I didn’t really connect with the lead characters Jubilee and Flynn. The instant chemistry I felt on both Lilac and Tarver (book 1) was noticeably absent in this pair. However, I must say that I love how the authors made Jubilee and Flynn different from Lilac and Tarver.
Jubilee is a kick-ass heroine much like Lilac but not in the geeky way. She’s a soldier so she can very well take care of herself and is very assertive of what she wants. She’s an alpha female and that is totally refreshing!
Book 3: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT
“But free will is what it means to be human, and no one can determine the path you take through this universe. Choice is our greatest right, our greatest gift-and our greatest responsibility.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I admit I was confused most of the time when I read this book. It’s been ages since I last read the first two books so I have forgotten some important details.
The conclusion to the Starbound Trilogy wasn’t as astounding as I had hoped it would be. There were no huge surprises, no insane plot twists that would make it an epic read. The pacing was also a bit dragging. The two main characters, Gideon and Sofia, spent most of their time running from enemies and I found this scenario quite boring already. There was too much description of everything. It got tiring as I went on reading. I felt like they weren’t accomplishing anything while running away although it should have felt thrilling because they were supposed to be closer to their goal. And again, it boils down to that one reason: I couldn’t connect with the characters’ motivations as I have forgotten what the whole story arc of Starbound was.
Also, the book didn’t feel like Gideon and Sofia’s especially during the last few chapters. As it was the conclusion to a series, the other characters from the two books made an appearance and the focus at the end was more on everyone. As for the chemistry, I was really hoping to love Gideon and Sofia as much as I did Lilac and Tarver. I was already partial to this book because the cover art is in purple (and Sofia is my best dressed!) but unfortunately, I didn’t. Sofia and Gideon were too distant to each other. The fact that they were always hiding secrets from each other made their romance not as believable. However, they are my second favorite pair in the series.
I’m only giving this book four stars because Lilac and Tarver are in it and their chemistry is still off the charts! I was more drawn to their story, to how they will reunite together again more than Gideon and Sofia or even Jubilee and Flynn. For some reason, Lilac and Tarver’s love for each other seem more passionate and real compared to the others. The two of them made the last few chapters exciting and beautiful.
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SERIES:
It kind of saddens me that Starbound Trilogy didn’t live up to my expectations and ended on such a lackluster manner. I was hoping this series would be in my favorites but unfortunately, only These Broken Stars really captivated me. However, I will definitely miss the characters and the world they live in. I may not have loved the entire series but the last few chapters of the final book were told beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for a better one. If not for those final moments, I would have parted with this series without a backward glance. But alas, the authors threw a heartwarming resolution to the story which is just enough to reel me in and make me long for more. Knowing that the six of them bonded and formed a solid friendship to last a lifetime, made everything worthwhile. It’s sad that the series is already over. I want to read more of what happens to the couples in the future. Another bonus ebook would be nice. 😉