**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Synopsis: 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.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopian
Cover: I will forever be in love with this series’ covers. They’re vivid and incredibly detailed in a way that makes me want to display it on my bookshelves.
My thoughts: In the second installment in the Starbound trilogy, the story follows a girl named Jubilee Chase, a stone cold soldier on the planet of Avon who is snarky and independent. One day she meets an interesting guy named Flynn, a member of a rebellious group of citizens, who decides to kidnap her without thinking through his decisions very well. He wants to use her for leverage to allow his supporters the independence from the strict corporations in Avon who control all the citizens. Along with the soldiers and citizens fighting against each other, there is a dangerous thing called the Fury that can control people’s minds and make them hurt those around them without even realizing it. With a gripping dystopian Sci-Fi, Flynn and Jubilee must work together against all odds to fight for what is right in their hearts even if it means changing all that they are.
This sequel has more a dystopian elements that wasn’t really shown in These Broken Stars. It shows the rift between the military and the citizens fighting for their freedom that they have wanted for years. The second main character, Flynn, is a determined character that risks his life in order to use Jubilee to his advantage in order to earn his supporters rights. The book instantly begins with a captivating first chapter where Jubilee and Flynn meet and he kidnaps her which spikes the book’s drama immediately in order to draw in readers. I felt like I jumped straight into the story the moment I read the first page where I was alongside Jubilee who thought she knew everything but eventually learned that there were two sides to the tension brewing in Avon.
The story also delves into the plot of the first novel with LaRoux corporation that was the center of the drama in These Broken Stars. It picks up where These Broken Stars left off, but with different characters, to show that LaRoux corporation is still controlling citizens ruthlessly. Another element of this book that I loved was the appearance of characters from These Broken Stars. They provide a strong contribution to the development of this book’s plot that I was glad to see. It was exciting to see new characters and old characters work together in order to prevent the LaRoux corporation from growing any stronger.
Just like These Broken Stars, this book blew me away. The Sci-Fi elements were entrapping and the characters were all strong, independent, and refreshing to read. Each person helped the plot grow in a way that took twists and turns I did not expect. I really did love the entire premise of this sequel that lived up to the first novel with the amount of action, mystery, and futuristic elements I enjoyed reading about. I highly recommend this novel to those who read These Broken Stars or anyone who loves Sci-Fi, dystopians, action, and romance elements in novels. This was one book that I will be eager to reread again in the near future.