This book is more of a companion book than a sequel to These Broken Stars, the first very appealing book by this writing duo. This story has many parallels to “Romeo and Juliet,” although thankfully it is not a complete retelling of of that tragic story.
Jubilee Chase, 18, is the captain of a military unit on the planet Avon, where forces have been sent to quell a rebellion. The rebels call themselves the Fianna, after the warrior bands of Irish mythology. They consider themselves the descendants of the Irish from the abandoned planet Earth, and honor Ireland’s language and traditions in Avon.
Avon is supposedly being terra-formed but something has gone wrong, and the planet’s denizens are without food, education, or health care. They believe someone is deliberately slowing down Avon’s progress. They would rather farm than fight, but instead their planet is a swampland covered in clouds; the residents have never even seen stars.
Flynn Cormac is the leader of the peace party of Fianna, and he kidnaps Jubilee to use her to find out answers from the military. If the Fianna don’t get satisfaction soon, the militant wing will win over the hearts and minds of the people. Flynn, so handsome that Jubilee refers to him as “Romeo” before she knows his name, finds he cannot bring himself to harm Jubilee, and ends up protecting her from the rest of his warrior band. But the odds are against this star-crossed couple; their affinity for one another puts both of them in danger, which only intensifies when they discover the big secret about what is really happening on Avon.
Evaluation: These authors do a great job with taking old romantic plot lines and reformulating them in other times on other planets. They also create outstanding female protagonists, who are not females you would take lightly. You can read this book as a standalone, but I would rate the previous book as having a slight edge over this one (my review is here) so it would be worth starting with that one.
Published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2014