The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
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
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.
I was expecting the same type of amazing-ness as These Broken Stars. I
really was. Which is never good for a book; I go in with the highest of
expectations and am, of course, disappointed. Maybe These Broken Stars
was so good because I had no expectation at all?
Our hero and
heroine, Flynn and Jubilee, were fun, yes. We meet them when Flynn hits
on Jubilee in a bar, then kidnaps her. Right of the bat there's action,
intrigue, romance and the pace doesn't slow down until the end of
the book. Constant movement and action. It was a bit exhausting. A good
kind of exhausting, though. I could not stop reading. Jubilee and Flynn
were perfect opposites of each other and, therefore, perfect for each
other. Anyone could see that but throughout the whole book there's this
continual back-and-forth "What am I feeling? Do I like you? Should I
like you? I'm so torn and don't know what to do!" This came from both
sides of the story and it got so old. So unnecessarily dramatic.
thing that bugged were all the references to people looking Chinese or
holding onto their Irish heritage. This world is hundreds of years out
from the end of Earth. I doubt anyone would look like a people that
existed on Earth thousands of generations before or even know about the
different groups of people that did exist on Earth; There would have
been too much intermarriage and loss of heritage and whatever else
happens when large groups of people leave one place and move on to
another. It just wasn't believable.
I did like that Tarver and
Lilac made an appearance here. They had a really cute scene and I'm glad
it was in the book. I liked the way their relationship had progressed
and how their characters had evolved.
Jubilee and Flynn, though?
I just didn't love them. I understood their hesitance, their conflict,
their devotion to their people, their determination to do what they
thought was right. I got it. I just didn't love them. I don't know what
it was, really.
One last thing and I'll leave this book alone: I
thought the idea of a teenage rebel leader and a prodigy teenage
military captain fighting the rebels was a bit cliche. It wasn't exactly
the same as other stories, I'll give you that. But it was close enough
to other stories I've read that it felt over-done.
just didn't do it for me. It was a could-not-put-down read. It was
fast-paced and dramatic and intense. There was very little humor. The
story felt played-out and I didn't love the characters or the way they
were/acted. Some people will love this book. I'm just not one of those
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