Title: This Shattered World
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2 (Stand-alone)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Published: December 23rd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
“Letting yourself get hurt isn’t brave, love. Brave is protecting others from hurt.”
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.
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.
3 of 5 stars to This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
It is already established that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner made a vivid, new world in their series Starbound. This Shattered World explores said world much more thoroughly. We now get to see what is happening to the backward planets that were talked about in the first book, particularly planet Avon. The problems that Lilac and Tarver (from book one, These Broken Stars) discovered in the first book were shown here and the new leads, Jubilee and Flynn help solve these problems together. And while I gushed about how much I love the first book, I can’t say much for this second installment.
This Shattered World is amazing. The writing is impeccable, the world building is detailed, unquestionable and the story is fascinating. So why the three stars? Let’s just say Jubilee and Flynn are not Lilac and Tarver. I love that this book is packed with action and a much more serious plot progression but I just couldn’t make myself love it completely. The magic that Lilac and Tarver brought in the first book was missing. Jubilee and Flynn here don’t really have much chemistry (in my opinion) and I feel like they’re more friends than lovers because more emphasis was given to the plot rather than their romance, which is great, if you ask me. I just didn’t enjoy the story much. I’ll probably do if it’s Lilac and Tarver though. Yeah, I am biased like that.
Anyway, I’d like to point out that despite the 3 stars, this book is a magnificent science fiction story that fantasy lovers will surely love. It’s written perfectly, the plot is amazing and the characters are great.
[Read my review of These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) here.]