When Captain Jubilee Chase takes the night off to chill at Molly’s pub, the last thing she expects is to be kidnapped at gunpoint by one of the swamp rebels. Stationed on Avon to keep the peace between TerraDyn’s scientists, the civilian workers in town, and the fighters hiding deep in the swamps that cover the planet’s surface, Lee has made it planetside longer than any other soldier. Infamously tough, strong, and fierce, and the only off-worlder to have never succumbed to Avon’s terrifying (and deadly) Fury, Captain Chase is untouchable – until Flynn swaggers into her bar.
Flynn Cormac is the younger brother of the most celebrated freedom fighter the Fianna has produced – and that TerraDyn has ever executed. But Flynn is a different sort of rebel than his sister was. He’s a rebel who wants peace. Peace with TerraDyn, the powerful terraforming corporation who has failed to transform Avon’s swamps and endless clouds into a haven, and peace with the military who enforces their rule. But he also wants the truth about why Avon is failing to transform – and he knows Captain Chase has answers. And if she doesn’t, Flynn knows TerraDyn’s most prized soldier is a prime bargaining chip in his gamble for independence.
Lee expects to be taken back to the Fianna’s compound and tortured for information. Instead, her captor takes her east, into no-man’s-land. East, into the swamps where rumors of will o’the wisps leading the unsuspecting to their deaths in the dark, unmappable waters rule. East, to an island where Flynn swears the military has installed a top secret base, a base he wants access to. Except, when they get to the island, there’s nothing there. Just bare rock. And one small, outdated identity chip with LaRoux Industries’ iconic lambda inscribed on its surface.
Join Flynn and Lee as they uncover a deeper, more twisted conspiracy than either could ever have dreamed up – and, oh yeah, some intense romance too. Caught in an unending war, these two battle-scarred veterans from two different worlds (literally!) must learn to work together to find answers in this action-packed, adrenaline-fueled planetside adventure delivers everything I want my teens-in-space sci fi to be. This is starstruck awesome sandwiched between two covers – don’t miss it!
And you don’t have to have read the companion novel, These Broken Stars, first, but make sure you catch up with all the nefarious doings of LaRoux Industries when you’re done with this installment in the Starbound space opera – you won’t regret a single second you spend in the gravitational pull of this series.