This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the companion novel to These Broken Stars and is in some central ways similar to the previous book, but in many ways the tone differs. After the completely shocking ending of These Broken Stars, This Shattered World really could never promise the same degree of plot twist. It was therefore lovely to read a story that stands on its own while still expanding what we know about certain whispery creatures and the galaxy-wide coverup going on. I seriously can’t tell you how excited I am for book three now >.>. Don’t miss the giveaway and special pre-order offer (to get a signed copy!) at the bottom of the post!
Note: I received an advanced copy of This Shattered World from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner (Starbound #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Dec. 23rd, 2014
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 390 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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.
- This Shattered World offers another heart-wrenching forbidden romance with alternating points of view and I gotta tell you that I really didn’t see anyway of it working out for the best. Given the references to Romeo and Juliet right from the bat, it just seemed too likely that everything would go horribly wrong. This just made it all the more bittersweet to watch Jubilee and Flynn struggle with their feelings for each other and their devotion to their opposite sides of a very bitter war. *swoons*
- There is a lot of cool tech to discover in This Shattered World along with the appearance of the “whispers” that I loved so much :D. You might be worried at first that these elements aren’t going to show, but just hang in there, it’s worth the wait ;-).
- This Shattered World DEFINITELY doesn’t suffer from any second book syndrome. It delivers an addictive story that easily stands alone, though it’ll make you want to go back and read These Broken Stars right away!
- The connection to These Broken Stars takes a little bit, but by 50% Tarver and Lilac pop up again in This Shattered World and it was a lot of fun seeing where they are now :D.
- I love how Kaufman and Spooner made sure to make their future diverse and representative without making that the central theme of the book. As you can tell from the cover, Jubilee has dark skin. She is also a military officer and her boss is a woman as well! There is also a gay couple with a really sweet story, a very large Chinese man called Molly, and a general sense of acceptance of everyone. It is never remarked upon that these people are around, it is simply the way things are and that was awesome.
- The ending of This Shattered World felt very epic not because of new and crazy discoveries like in book one, but because of the very brave and far-ranging actions that Flynn and Jubilee decide to take. It is very clear by the end of This Shattered World that the gloves are off and book three is going to be crazy :D.
- I don’t normally read acknowledgement sections, but I happen to this time and couldn’t help but notice the paragraph where Kaufman and Spooner thank all the scientists that they consulted to get the terraforming problems, the space travel, and the technology as close to correct as they could (ie, only breaking known facts when they meant to as they put it) and I think it really shows. I never found myself making a skeptical face and I love sci-fi that doesn’t break my brain :-P.
- I will be honest with you, the start of This Shattered World was pretty slow. It took me until about halfway to finally get hooked into the story, but once I did, I found myself forgetting to do anything else! Just stick with it, it’s worth it :D.
- The real struggle with the first half of This Shattered World is that expectations were so high after how amazing the end of These Broken Stars was. The beginning of This Shattered World is very much focused on this ongoing struggle between the rebels and the military on Avon and there isn’t very much focus on a mystery to make you want to read just one more page. Take this as an effort to bring your expectations down a little bit so that you enjoy it more than I did ;-).
This Shattered World is an excellent addition to the Starbound trilogy and fans of These Broken Stars will definitely enjoy it as long as they go in with the correct expectations. In the end I loved that This Shattered World was a different kind of story than These Broken Stars and that makes me all the more excited to see what Kaufman and Spooner cook up for book three! If you’re a fan of sci-fi romance, you really need to be reading this series and you honestly can start here or book one without any trouble.
I’m very excited to be joining in the tour for This Shattered World so I can offer this great giveaway! You can enter to win one of the following prizes:
5 hardback copies of THIS SHATTERED WORLD
Grand Prize consisting of
a Rafflecopter giveaway
On second thought, don’t enter so that I can win! ;-)
Finally, I wanted to make sure you were aware of this great way to get a signed copy of the book and swag:
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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