Author: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (December 1, 2015)
Description: A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now-infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness LaRoux Industries' corruption. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were the only survivors of the Icarus shipwreck, forced to live a double life after their rescue.
Now, at the center of the galaxy on Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players in the fight against LRI.
Gideon Marchant is an underworld hacker known as the Knave of Hearts, ready to climb and abseil his way past the best security measures on the planet to expose LRI's atrocities. Sofia Quinn, charming con artist, can work her way into any stronghold without missing a beat. When a foiled attempt to infiltrate LRI Headquarters forces them into a fragile alliance, it's impossible to know who's playing whom--and whether they can ever learn to trust each other.
With their lives, loves, and loyalties at stake, only by joining forces with the Icarus survivors and Avon's protectors do they stand a chance of taking down the most powerful corporation in the galaxy---before LRI's secrets destroy them all.
My Thoughts: The Starbound series comes to an end with this book. This time the focus is on Gideon and Sophia. Gideon is the ultimate hacker determined to bring down LaRoux because he blames him, rightly, for the death of his older brother. Sophia is an orphan turned con woman whose main goal is LaRoux's death since she blames him for the death of her father.
The two have their paths cross on Corinth where LaRoux is planning to launch his epic coup and bring peace to the universe - a peace forces by beings inhabiting the rift. Neither Gideon nor Sophia can trust the other. Both are playing roles to reach their goals. If they allowed themselves, and sometimes despite themselves, they are falling in love.
Also converging on Corinth are Lilac LaRoux and her fiance Tarver and Jubilee and Flynn. There paths have been subtly manipulated by the being in the rift who want to learn more about humans and human emotions. All six of them will have to make very difficult decisions through the course of this story.
The story is filled with action but it is also filled with soul-searching and moral decisions. Interludes from the beings in the rift are also sprinkled between chapters from Gideon's viewpoint and chapters from Sophia's viewpoint.
I thought this was an excellent conclusion to an engaging series.
"It's been a really, really long time since I wasn't alone," she whispers, and when I look across, our eyes meet. "I've missed that feeling."I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.
Her gaze goes straight to my heart. I've missed it too. And there's something about this girl -- so utterly strong, so vulnerable, so implacable in her purpose, but so alone -- she brings all my best intentions undone.