I have wanted to read this series for a while now, but I bumped it up the priority list after reading and loving the Illuminae files.
This book definitely delivers on the premise it promises when a luxury spaceline plummets from hyperdrive and crashes onto an unknown planet. There are only two known survivors, Tarver a poor military recruit who worked his way up the ladder to Major faster than expected, and Lilac, the daughter of one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the universe.
This book is one part intense sci-fi, one part space fantasy, one part survival story, one part stubborn, star-crossed lovers from different worlds collide in the worst of circumstances, and one part awesome!
This is the story of Tarver’s rise to military fame, when he helps to stop mercenaries from completely destroying a research center and its scientists. If you love Lilac and Tarver and want the back story that is referenced several times throughout this trilogy, then read this novella.
Book 2 explores the many sides and viewpoints of a volatile situation among the local rebels, the military sent to enforce peace on a developing planet, and the corporation that has caused most of the headaches in the first place. Initially, each sides sees the issue in black and white, only focusing on their concerns and complaints, but it is the gray areas that become the most fascinating in this story.
It’s book two in the trilogy, but it’s a brand new story about two new and fascinating characters, Flynn, who is with the rebel terrorists, and Jubilee, who is an officer with the militia sent to keep the peace. Somehow, they know they have to find a middle ground between their people, or risk the destruction of an entire planet.
The story takes place in the same vast universe but on a brand new planet, and some of the issues, themes, and villains of book one play a role in this story as well. Tarver and Lilac make a brief appearance in this story, and Tarver actually plays a crucial role in the plot for a few chapters. It was fun to see them both again, but by the time they showed up in the story, I was so caught up in Flynn and Lee, and their desperate situation, that I barely had the emotional energy to be excited about a reappearance of my old favorites.
Gideon, a hacker, and Sofia, a con artist, are the new and interesting characters you’ll be rooting for in book 3.
One of my favorite parts is when the story brings back Tarver and Lilac from book one and Jubilee and Flynn from book two. The six work together throughout the last half of this book, to try to attempt to stop the whispers from controlling and destroying the universe, and it’s great to see so many beloved characters together in the same story.