Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Info: Disney-Hyperion, copyright 2014, 390 pages
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.
In These Broken Stars, Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen escape the terrifying wreck of the space liner, Icarus, and uncover a mysterious race of "beings" being persecuted by Lilac's mogul father. The story continues on a new planet with new pieces moving toward a very dramatic end. Avon is a planet plagued by war. Flynn Cormac is looking for a peaceful way to end the bloodshed and save his planet and people from destruction. Avon hasn't progressed through the terraforming process as quickly as it should, and Flynn wants to know why. Jubilee Chase is the military hero that everyone fears. She's a soldier, obeying commands and doing what is necessary to keep her men alive. When the "whispers"that saved Lilac's life appear on Avon, the two enemies discover that, in the end, they're fighting for the same thing.
I always have a bit of a problem when a series changes voices with each book. I had gotten to know Lilac and Tarver, adore Lilac and Tarver, and trust Lilac and Tarver. But all of the sudden I'm dropped onto Avon, knowing no one, and wondering how in the world everything is going to come together. Jubilee and Flynn grew on me though, Flynn in particular. He's a good man. Despite a horrible lot in life, he maintains hope. Jubilee was a little more difficult to get to know. She was guarded and complicated. In the end, she made a decision using her heart and not her instincts which was noble.
The love story seemed a little too convenient and easy in this series sequel just as it had in its predecessor, but the conflict and tension is definitely heightened. The stakes are building and a tipping point felt near at the end of the book. There is little to no development for secondary characters, but interesting facts are revealed about both Jubilee and Flynn through the interludes between chapters. The "whispers" are real, present, and observant. And they're mad.
Still very little to do with space, but I've come to like this terraforming thing.
(I wrote this whole thing without getting weird or gushing about Amie Kaufman. Wasn't easy!)