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Series: Starbound #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 23rd 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC Tour
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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.
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.
The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.
Last year I read the first book in this series, These Broken Stars, about two characters from different worlds who find themselves leaning on each other to survive, and finding love, after their ship crashes into an unknown planet. It managed to captivate me with its often surprising sci-fi elements as well as the push-pull romance between the compelling characters. I must admit I was a little disappointed to find out this second installment would focus on new characters and not the beloved ones I fell for in book one, but nevertheless, I was once again enraptured by the unique world these authors have created.
Here we have two characters from different stations in life, much like we saw with the first book. Jubilee is a Captain on the planet Avon on the verge of war. Flynn is a rebel, trying to avoid the war that seems imminent unless he takes action. And action he does take when he kidnaps Captain (Jubi)Lee, hoping for answers and help for his people. These two embark on quite the mission to not only keep themselves alive, but to find those answers and save the planet. When these two first met, Flynn hid his identity which earned him the nickname Romeo and I must say I did see a lot of parallels to the classic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed ‘lovers’ who come from feuding ‘families’ who want nothing more than to destroy each other, leaving the ‘lovers’ is the crossfire. Yep, that is absolutely the path this novel takes at first. And while I was really interested in where the story was going from that aspect, I can’t say I was overly invested until about halfway through the book, when the pieces were finally connecting this book to its predecessor. At that point I had an ‘AH HA!” moment and realized I probably should have reread These Broken Stars first. BUT, the authors did do a tremendous job filling in the blanks. For me personally though, those finer details are what makes these books so unique (and awesome) and can be a little complicated so a refresher would have been nice. The second half of the book? I could not put down! Tarver and Lilac made an appearance (SQUEE!) and I just loved so much how everything tied in together with the old characters and the new and discovering a world and life beyond what they know.
Jubilee and Flynn were outstanding characters. Jubilee was a fighter, a true soldier who believed in her cause. Same could be said for Flynn. Even though they came from different places, they discover their beliefs and goals were the same – to save the people and the planet. And that is what I loved about these two together. They were able to put aside their differences, to go against their own side for a much bigger and better cause, and for their faith in each other. The romance was on the light side compared to These Broken Stars, but it fit perfectly with the flow of events. Trust, the chemistry was there and spot on, but it definitely wasn’t the focus. Instead we have the right amount of swoon with just the hint of what could be.
Lots of action, surprises and interesting sci-fi twists make this series one to check out! I am dying to find out which direction the next book will take. Will we continue on with new characters once again? Will we focus on the ones we’ve already met? What will happen to this world? I have no clue but I cannot wait to find out!
“I’m not your enemy, Jubilee Chase,” I whisper. “And I don’t think you’re mine.” I lean after her until I can capture her mouth again. My hands burn where I touch her, everything else fading away into the background, drowned out by this, by her, by us.