Release-Day Review: Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet (Endeavor #2)

Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet // VBC

Starbreaker (Endeavor #2)
Amanda Bouchet
Published: April 28, 2020 (Sourcebooks)
Purchase at: Amazon or BookShop
Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may reference previous events in the series. If you haven’t yet started, check out VBC’s review of Nightchaser.

Just because Tess, Shade, and the remaining crew of the Endeavor thwarted the Overseer and gave the super-soldier serum to the rebel team doesn’t mean their work is complete. The Overseer’s plans aren’t demolished, and If they knew exactly what he wanted to use the serum for it would make their next steps easier. As it is, they continue to fight the battle even when they’re unsure of direction.

That’s how the crew finds themselves on a mission that involves rescuing a renowned scientist whose atmospheric studies could help rehabilitate numerous planets. By bringing life back into the galaxy they’ll be more people who oppose the Overseer’s stronghold over everything. The problem is she’s being held on the Overseer’s main base of operations. With help from an unlikely source, Tess and crew just might be able to pull this one off.

I won’t lie, it’s been difficult for me to get into reading right now. I just can’t seem to focus, and there’s so much going on that even when I do carve out time for reading, I’m quickly putting it down and moving on to something else.

Well, I’m happy to say that Starbreaker brought me out of my slump. It’s exactly what I needed to read in this moment.

I enjoyed the first book, but if you asked, I couldn’t really have guessed where Amanda Bouchet would go next. There are many possibilities, and I find second books to be difficult because they often tend to be bridge books between the beginning and end of the trilogy.

I loved what Amanda Bouchet decided to do with Starbreaker. I felt like it was more character than plot driven. The main action of the story is not too surprising—although there are definitely some successfully executed white-knuckled, book-gripping moments towards the end—but it’s what the characters do in a given situation that opens up the world.

I loved getting the different perspectives between Shade and Tess’s points of view. Shade is feeling remorse over initially betraying Tess, he spends a lot of the book trying to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be trusted, both with the missions and Tess’s heart. Being on the rebel side is all new for him, but he’s content with letting Tess lead. There were times I felt the relationship between the two was skewed a bit with Shade being more invested than Tess, but by the end I amended that to it just being the difference in their characters, and because I ultimately think this series revolves around Tess.

Tess has a lot on her plate, what with her father the megalomaniac that he is, and her uncle hunting her down. Trying to keep her crew alive while continually putting them in danger with their various missions. I loved the new perspective that Tess, and readers, gain on events from the past. Not giving anything away, I think Amanda Bouchet has really balanced well the way information is revealed. There are still plenty of questions up in the air, and I’m just as happy not knowing the answers yet as I am about the possibilities they present.

Overall, I really loved the way that the story progressed in Starbreaker. It was certainly high stakes, but ended on a positive note toward what is yet to come, and the battles left to fight.  

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