"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."
A lot of people were disappointed that this book (and the third book) were not about Lilac and Tarver, but I'm okay with it. I really enjoy companion novels, because I get to experience more of the world (and even little snippets of the previous novel's characters), but not too much. I think there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and I tend to enjoy novel's that leave me wanting.
On that note, I really liked Flynn's character. Lee was awesome in her own right, but Flynn fascinated me. And their dynamic together, just made it all perfect. Flynn is a native to this underdeveloped planet and Lee is here as the hired muscle. Obviously at odds, they have to put aside their differences to see the true enemy here -- and it isn't each other. Lee's strong, but vulnerable. Flynn's good to the core, but makes questionable decisions. I just loved both of them.
Again, similarly to These Broken Stars, I really enjoyed the world building by AK and MS. It was unusual and fascinating, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Both Flynn and Lee had completely different knowledge bases, and pooling their resources ended up with some pretty ingenious plans. The world building in TSW was very different compared to TBS, largely because TSW had other inhabitants. Lee and Flynn had to navigate people and hierarchies and culture on top of this weird, foreign planet's intricacies. It was fascinating to watch them in a way that I didn't really experience with Lilac and Tarver.
This story is very action packed (comparatively), TBS tended to drag in parts (because there were essentially 2 characters for 99% of the book) but TSW did no such thing. There was always something happening to push Lee and Flynn out of their comfort zone.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's very different when compared to These Broken Stars, but I found it to be a great companion novel. I can't wait for book number 3!
4 out of 5 stars.