Their Fractured Light

Zoe N. | January 10, 2016 | Review

Their Fractured Light

Their Fractured Light

by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Series: "Starbound #3"
Genre: YA Romance, YA Science-Fiction
Published: December 1st, 2015
by Disney Hyperion




Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior.

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.


And from the inside, surrounded by the joy and devotion and loyalty of my friends, the shimmer of rage on the outside of our lives looks paper-thin.

Their Fractured Light is a satisfying conclusion to an incredible trilogy.

Being a huge Titanic fan, I always had a feeling that These Broken Stars was going to be my favorite book in the series. Even so, This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light both managed to impress me by how well-written and intelligently plotted they were – even if they didn’t quite live up to the quality of These Broken Stars.

Two years ago, Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Menderson were the sole survivors of the deadly Icarus crash. A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase sparked an intergalactic uproar when they sent out a broadcast exposing the terrible crimes of LaRoux Industries. Now it’s Sofia and Gideon’s turn.

Sofia Quinn may look sweet and innocent, but she knows deception better than anyone. With her wit and a smile, Sofia can wither herself out of any situation.

Snarky and never short of a comeback, Gideon Marchant is the famous Knave of Hearts, one of the galaxy’s best hackers.

When Sofia and Gideon are caught breaking into LaRoux Industry Headquarters, each looking for revenge, they quickly realize the only way they’ll escape is to work together. But when they uncover incriminating evidence about LaRoux Industries in the midst of their escape, they realize that they might be able to bring LaRoux Industries down…for good.

Surprisingly, where Their Fractured Light fell a bit short was the romance. The entire first half of the story revolves around Sofia and Gideon, and the second half of the story revolves around Sofia and Gideon teaming up with Lilac, Tarver, Flynn and Jubilee to put down LaRoux Industries once and for all. As a result, they only have half of the story to fall in love. When compared to the romance of Lilac & Tarver and Flynn & Jubilee, Sofia & Gideon’s romance just felt a bit too quick for me.

All in all, Their Fractured Lights is a thrilling and gripping ending to the Starbound trilogy. I am anxious to see what Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman write next.



  1. This feels like the first time ever I’ve read a review of yours that said it fell SHORT in the romance. XDXD *dies laughing* I’M JUST KIDDIN’, ZOE, YOUR’E GREAT. HEHE. And I totally agree, btw. Sofia and Gideon did get shoved into the shadows a bit towards the end, so I didn’t ship them as hard because they didn’t have as much development? These Broken Stars is my favourite too. <3

    1. LOL I still can’t believe I said that. And I agree. I felt like since the previous two couples had the entire book to form their relationship, those were a bit slower moving, you know? But Sofia & Gideon only had half a book to form their relationship since the second half seemed like it was tying everything together.
      And TBS is definitely my favorite. Still waiting for you to watch Titanic so you can fangirl with me over the similarities. 😉

  2. I have yet to read this series. I’ve been told that I’m really missing out having not read it yet. Hmm, maybe soon. Your review has made me intrigued. Sorry to hear this one didn’t meet your expectations on the romance side of things.

    1. I loved TBS too Emily, and while I didn’t like TSW quite as much I still really liked it. I think you should still give this a try, but maybe just lower your expectations a little.

  3. I’m glad this was a great end to the trilogy! I still have it on my dresser, but I hope to get to it soon. Surprisingly, I actually liked This Shattered World better than These Broken Stars, but maybe that’s because I read it 2 years ago hahah! I should just reread both of them 🙂

    Lovely review Zoe! I’m also looking forward to what books will come next for the authors!

    1. I thought it was great too Jeann, just a bit quick compared to Tarver / Lilac & Flynn / Lee. Glad you found it a great ending to the series though!

  4. I definitely feel that the romance between Sofia and Gideon fell flat, especially since Lilac and Tarver have basically set themselves up as one of my all time favourite couples. I did love the dynamic between Sofia and Gideon though. I feel like I need an epilogue to this series, or more specifically I need the wedding haha. I’d love to visit these characters again, maybe in a novella or something so we can see where everyone is at.

    1. My thoughts exactly Lois. I mean you have the great slowburn romance of Tarver / Lilac, the great forbidden romance of Flynn / Lee, and then you have… Sofia / Gideon. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, just a bit underwhelming compared to how amazing the previous two couples are. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way.

  5. Oooh, the Starbound trilogy has ended? Where have I been all these months! This book sounds like a great last book, but it has some shortcomings (alas, no book is perfect).

  6. I loved the book and the series as a whole…
    Lilac and Tarver still tops my favourite list and yes you were right about the romance part in this book. It felt too pushed and fast in comparision to the first two books…

    The only confusion I had while reading is how can Gideon be 18 as Lilac when he says that he was 12 during his brother’s death? Wasn’t Lilac 14 then? and 16 almost 17 in These broken stars?
    That part really confused me

  7. I totally see where you’re coming from in regards to the romance; a lot of feelings had to be set in the backdrop for the main story to come out (with the rest of the characters teaming up, too). But either way, I thought it was still an awesome ending like you!

  8. My favourites in the series would have to be These Broken Stars and Their Fractured Light. (Although I will say that TFL is my least favourite title and cover).
    I ended up rating them all 5/5. Heheh. Although, upon reflection, I’m tempted to lower my rating for the second book.

    1. My favorite was definitely TBS, but TFL was definitely a close second. 😉 (Also I completely agree about the cover). Such a great series!

  9. I’ve never actually read this trilogy. *hides* I’ve been wanting to and meaning to, but I haven’t made any library runs lately, so I haven’t had a chance to look for it there, and it’s not as high on my book buying priority list as some other stuff, but I’m seriously intrigued by the idea of it all. And those covers are so gorgeous. *drools* Also, I love the titles. So it’s probably only a matter of time before I make the leap and buy these books. 😛 Thanks for reviewing this one! 🙂

    1. LIZ! Where have you been?!? You definitely need to start this series ASAP. It’s amazing and I promise you won’t regret it. <3

  10. It’s funny because I was actually glad that the romance got pushed to the side for a bit in the second half of the book. I know that sounds odd, but I was worried that we were going to spend too much of the book on Sophia and Gideon avoiding telling each other their secrets and I was getting nervous. I liked that the relationship built for a while and then the characters had time to focus on other, more important things before the romance was resolved. I can totally see how that could make you frustrated, though!

    1. No, I definitely see where you’re coming from Nicole. It’s always nice when a book isn’t completely bombarded by romance. 😉

  11. I had the same issue with this one too Zoe. I think trying to keep it the same length in terms of pages as previous books in the series, the pacing was far too quick and I couldn’t agree more, the romance was underdeveloped and rushed in favour of the reunion. I really wished it had of been a four book series, giving Sofia and Gideon the storyline they deserved THEN bringing them altogether for the finale. I liked it too, was just disappointed as you were. Fabulous review nonetheless Zoe, really enjoyed it <3 <3

    1. I love your idea about a fourth book. I think that would have really given Spooner & Kaufman time to develop Sofia and Gideon’s romance and then bring them all together in the end. It almost felt like two separate books, you know?

  12. These Broken Stars was also my favorite of the trilogy. I read Their Fractured Light when I was in a reading slump so it took me forever to read, sadly. I totally agree with you, Sofia and Gideon’s romance didn’t have as much back up as the others, but I really enjoyed it nevertheless, especially when they danced together, I loved loved loved. Overall, this series was amazing and I can’t wait to see what these authors will write next! Some novels have already been announced on Goodreads I think and it totally made me eager. Oh, and I still have to read Illuminae! Have you read it yet?

    1. TBS was so, so good wasn’t it? xD I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who felt Sofia & Gideon’s romance was a bit meh, especially compared to Lilac / Tarver & Lee / Flynn. Still an amazing series regardless though! And yes, I have read Illuminae and it is INCREDIBLE!

  13. I agree about the romance being rushed – yet, the weakest book for me was, without doubt, the second. I’m not even sure why, but the characters didn’t leave such a huge impression on me. I do wish that Their Fractured Light was longer to give the romance more time to develop, though.
    Wonderful review!:)

  14. I have only so far read These Broken Stars and have been meaning to pick up the sequel, but I just haven’t! I was so attached to Tarver and Lilac that I think it put me off a bit to find out that the rest of the series wouldn’t be about them! Anyway, lovely review. I really need to finish this series soon. ❤

  15. Ah THIS SERIES!! It’s all over the blogosphere! I feel like a neanderthal potato for not having read this yet, but the series sounds SO GOOD, and I need to read ASAP! I think what’s most attractive to me are the characters, and the fact that it’s set in space! Now you’ve gone and made me lust after this series desperately!! Lovely review! 🙂

  16. Thanks for sharing this wonderful review Zoe! I can’t wait to read this one since I really enjoyed the previous two books in the series. It’s unfortunate that the romance does seem to be a weakness in this one, but nonetheless I’m excited to see how it all ends up.

  17. Honestly I haven’t read past TBS even though I have the next book because I was really worried they wouldn’t live up to the greatness of TBS and blow my mind like it did. But I should probably get back into them! Thats too bad that this romance fell short! I really like this cover though. Awesome review(as always 🙂 !

    1. That was my worry too Sam – that they wouldn’t be as good as TBS. I’ll admit that TBS is my favorite book of the series (though I may be biased because I’m a huge fan of Titanic 😉 ), but the next two books really do give it a run for its money. 🙂

  18. I still need to check out this series. I’m glad to hear you thought this one was a satisfying ending; that’s always a plus! It’s not rare for people to not like the conclusion, you know? haha


  19. I agree! I am a little bit let down by this book 🙁 I loved These Broken Stars but this one fell a little short for me. I think the romance between Gideon and Sophia felt a little forced for me, and therefore, not believable.

    Great review!

    1. So glad I’m not the only one who felt that way! TBS was just so amazing that I guess I just put my expectations a little too high. 🙁 Nonetheless, it was still a really great end to the series despite the somewhat forced romance. 🙂

  20. This trilogy actually seems so interesting to me because my favourite part in movies and books is when all these different perspectives and characters just come together and BAM you’ve got your Super Team right there. IT’S SOOOO AMAZING! And hearing that all the main characters from the past books join forces I’m even more pumped up for it! Fantastic review, Zoe! I’ll be looking forward to reading this.

    1. If you’re into that kind of thing, you’re going to love this series Claudia. Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  21. These Broken Stars will always be my favourite in this series, and definitely a book that I know I will re-read in the future.

    I felt like this was probably the weakest book in the trilogy, even though it was enjoyable and a satisfying conclusion to the series. But I just felt like it was kind of missing some of the magic of the previous two – especially These Broken Stars.

    Although I have to say that I really liked Gideon. He was so sassy and likeable! And seeing Tarver again was THE BEST.

    Lovely review, Zoe! <3

    1. TBS will always be my favorite too. <3 (Although I may be biased because I'm a huge fan of Titanic - LOL). And yeah, I felt the same way. This was a good book, but it wasn't nearly as amazing as the first two. Thanks Chiara!

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