What a disappointing series! First of all, super cliche! It was effectively a love story (between teenagers) set in space, and repeated over and over again throughout the series. Also, I found it quite distracting when the story kept switching POVs back and forth between both main characters. It really took me out of the story. Those little poems or whatever, at the start of every chapter, were so unnecessary as well (felt more like fillers, really). I finished the first book, took a break from the series for a couple of months (after I realized that the second book had a different set of main characters, which was annoying) but ended up enjoying the second book the most, out of the entire series, and seriously struggling to finish the final book. Personally, I’d say skip the Starbound Trilogy.
To be honest, I think I read the synopsis of These Broken Stars (first book in the Starbound Trilogy) right around the time there was a huge buzz being generated about the movie Passengers (which was okay, not great, but as much as I love Jennifer Lawrence, I could’ve done without her… because I felt like Chris Pratt practically carried the movie). After watching the movie, I wasn’t as hyped about starting the Starbound Trilogy but eventually I did begin reading it and it was surprised to find that it had absolutely nothing in common with the movie Passengers, so I’m not quite sure how or even why, I’d linked the two.
Book 1 – These Broken Stars
In any case, the first book was okay. The story was quite cliche; boy with humble beginnings, falls in love with rich girl. However, there were a few sci-fi elements tossed in for good measure, including the mode of transport (hyperspace travel), time period (far into the future), and setting (planets other than Earth… due to the aforementioned hyperspace travel). One half of the love duo is Lilac LaRoux sole heir to LaRoux Industries Empire and daughter to the richest and most powerful man in the galaxy Roderick LaRoux. The other main character is war hero Tarver Merendsen. Both teenagers happen to be aboard the massive, luxury spaceliner Icarus, when the Icarus gets yanked out of hyperspace and plummets down to some random planet. Lilac and Tarver managed to survive in an escape pod and get to know each other on the primitive planet while they wait to be rescued. They go through stuff and end up falling in love. The end. So yeah, pretty much a love story set in space. Boring!
Book 2 – This Shattered World
I thought the second book would pick up where the first book left off but it didn’t, which is why I moved on to other books before coming back to this one, many months later. I was pretty annoyed when I realized that the second book was going to be focusing more on a new pair of star-crossed lovers. This time it was rebel leader Flynn Cormac on an underdeveloped planet (in the process of being terraformed) and Jubilee Chase who was Captain of the armed forces sent to crush the rebellion. Again, they fall in love. Together they uncover a conspiracy. Jubilee trusts Tarver because they served in the military together at one point (off-planet) so she trusts him enough to share what she and Flynn have uncovered. Yadda, yadda, yadda. The second book ends with a broadcast of Flynn and Jubilee calling on the galaxy to witness LaRoux Industries‘ corruption.
Book 3 – Their Fractured Light
New book. New couple. Sofia Quinn is a con artist and Flynn‘s childhood friend. She managed to escape the planet during the chaos that ensued and carved out a pretty nice life for herself, except she’s hellbent on revenge for the mysterious death of her father (back on the planet where she and Flynn grew up). She blames LaRoux Industries and she’s doing everything she can to make them pay. Gideon Marchant is an urban warrior (read: hacker) whose older brother used to date Lilac LaRoux, so all threeo of them used to hang out together, when they were all much younger, except Gideon‘s older brother died in the war. Sofia and Gideon meet when a security breach interrupts their separate attempts at infiltrating LaRoux Industries Headquarters. Shortly after, they’re in love (so convenient)!
With me so far?
Book 1 – Lilac LaRoux (heiress) x Tarver Merendsen (war hero)
Book 2 – Jubilee Chase (captain of armed forces) x Flynn Cormac (rebel leader)
Book 3 – Sofia Quinn (con artist) x Gideon Marchant (hacker)
All the couples meet up but nobody trust anybody due to their past history with each other. They hatch a plan. Plan goes sideways. Yadda yadda yadda. I don’t even understand what happened… but I seriously struggled to finish reading the last few chapters in the third book. In fact, I only finished it a day before this past New Year’s (I was sleeping over at my cousin’s and as I’ve mentioned before… I don’t sleep) so it was around 3:00am when I pulled out my Kindle and forged ahead with this mind-numbingly boring story. I wanted to finish it as a matter of principle, might as well see it through since I’ve come this far, y’know?
So apparently Roderick LaRoux trapped these alien life forms (Energy Beings) and with the help of the many, many, many staff members at his disposal such as scientists, researchers, etc… (again, richest and most powerful man in the galaxy) studied these Energy Beings, tortured them, and harnessed their power for his own use (for example, hyperspace travel, which wasn’t a thing pre-Energy Beings) up until the Energy Beings got fed up and started lashing out. The story concludes with the Energy Beings offering humans (or rather the group) a choice, which kinda’ reminded me of another book called And All The Stars (reviewed here). I wonder if all these authors are reading each other’s novels and “borrowing” ideas from each other or maybe extra-terrestrials in the form of Energy Beings is a logical assumption that every author reaches, eventually.
In any case, I give this trilogy two thumbs down (that’s how you know it’s serious lawl). Actually, if you enjoy romance novels, then this is definitely for you. If you prefer something heartier, I’d say skip the Starbound Trilogy.