"A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.
Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.
Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost."
This was an... interesting finale to the Starbound series, if I do say so. If you haven't read books one and two, be sure to check out my two reviews (links above), but each book follows a different hero and heroine on a different planet that is fighting against LaRoux Industries in some form or fashion. Interesting concept, and I'm all about the space thing right now.
Anyway, Sofia and Gideon. These two were not what I was expecting. I was a big fan of Lilac/Tarver and Lee/Flynn, but Sofia/Gideon took a really long time to grow on me. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I was not at all sure about them at first. Nor were they at all sure about each other (this at least was a steady theme in all three books #distrust).
Sofia is a hardcore con artist. If you think you know what's going on, you're wrong. She's in for the long con, and the long con is Monsieur LaRoux. Nothing else matters, she's been at this game a long time, and that mission is at the core of who she is. It was really interesting to see her meet Gideon and later, the others, and watch her have to adjust that mindset and accept that maybe there is more to her than just revenge. Ultimately, I liked her character, but I did have to accept that she wasn't conning the reader too.
Gideon is ultimate hacker. You need something found, he's your man. Until he finds out he's not quite as good as he thought he was and it shakes him to the core. But I still want to ruffle his hair sometimes. There's just something about him that makes him seem utterly adorable to me. He has some major trust issues, when combined which a conmaster, did get a little angsty for me, but you know, what can you do?
But, the moment we've all been waiting for. The gang was all together! It was pretty fantastic. We got to see them all interact, and even got a little backstory I hadn't anticipated which is always a plus! Love a good backstory.
Note: I listened to this on audiobook and the parts that were "the whispers" were hella creepy. I don't know if they were intended to be that creepy. But they would come on and I would start flinching like the sixth sense was looking over my shoulder. So, if you're thinking about the audiobook, just you know, be aware of that.
3.5 out 5 stars.