This Shattered World
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.
First Sentence: There’s a guy staring at me from the other end of the bar.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of This Shattered World. I enjoyed These Broken Stars, but didn’t love it enough to be so impressed with it. There were also some early negative reviews of This Shattered World, which made me ultra nervous because what if I’m the black sheep for This Shattered World too? I’m usually the black sheep for most books, so the probability for me not enjoying This Shattered World was high. However, to my surprise, I found myself really enjoying This Shattered World and I dare say this: I actually enjoyed This Shattered World more than I enjoyed reading These Broken Stars.
He grunts, and the barrel of the gun digs more sharply into my rib cage. But he doesn’t let me go. He’s good. Damn, damn, DAMN. (ARC 9)
You’ve probably heard this by now, but there are Lilac and Traver cameos in This Shattered World and when I saw them, I was beyond excited. They are just so cute together and the cameos made me realize how much I’ve missed them. This Shattered World also continues on the plot of These Broken Stars and goes into more depth about the things we’ve explored in These Broken Stars. Let me tell you a secret of mines: I was really confused with some world-building aspects of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World clarified and went answered all my lingering questions.
The main difference between This Shattered World and These Broken Stars is that there is a lot more action in This Shattered World. Right from the very start, we are shoved into the middle of the action and I loved every single moment of it. The pacing of the entire book was well done and I can promise you guys, there was never a boring moment. I really liked the fact that This Shattered World wasn’t as romance focused like These Broken Stars was.
“You shot me, Romeo.” I give a savage jerk on the rope, but all it does is send a jolt of pain through my shoulders.
“You jumped to the conclusion I was up to something.” Romeo glares down at me, jaw tight…”I’d rather die trust myself to TerraDyn’s laws or the military’s idea of enforcing them.” (ARC 57)
The only thing I didn’t like all that much in This Shattered World was the chapter introductions – I actually have no idea what to call them, so I’ll just call them chapter introductions. Like These Broken Stars, This Shattered World started with a short snippet of a story and continues on with the story at the beginning of each chapter. These Broken Stars‘s story was fun to read and I totally got the story right from the beginning, but This Shattered World‘s story was really confusing until the last fifth of the book when everything was all explained.
Overall, I definitely can’t wait to read the last book in the Starbound trilogy. I’m really curious about what characters Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner would introduce us to next. Hopefully I’ll adore the last book in the trilogy as much as I adored These Broken Stars and This Shattered World.