Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Date: December 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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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.
I was a little disappointed to learn that the sequel to last year’s fantastic These Broken Stars would not be more adventures of Tarver and Lilac, but I had faith that Kaufman and Spooner would deliver their awesome brand of sci-fi swoons.
And deliver they did. When I finished This Shattered World, I didn’t know which book I loved more to be honest. I had so much love for all the characters in this book, the fantastic world building, the chemistry and the chills.
While These Broken Stars was a love story, This Shattered World is about war. Captain Jubilee Chase is part of the military employed on the planet Avon, to stop the rebellion started 10 years ago by native Flynn Cormac’s older sister. When Flynn sneaks into a military bar and kidnaps Lee to find out more about a mysterious building, they become entangled in each others’ lives and in a wider conspiracy.
The story is based on Romeo and Juliet, but the love was relatively light. These characters had a long history of hate, and the events that threw them together only grew more distrust as they have been fighting for opposite causes their entire life. Lee is a strict, by the books, military captain. Her world is this war. She’s fierce, intelligent, a great fighter and basically an all around bad ass. You will have a girl crush on her, for sure. Flynn is good-hearted, someone raised to follow the rebellion in his sister’s wake, but through different means. He just wants equality for his people, and believes negotiation, not war is the answer.
I thought This Shattered World was a more well-rounded story and very action-packed. There is kidnapping, civil unrest, people driven to madness by the Fury and heavy casualties, all within the background of conspiracy, mistrust, and war. It’s a story about freedom, equality and what people are willing to sacrifice to get it. Both characters’ realities are constantly tested as they unravel the truth behind Avon. The authors do a great job of exploring different attitudes to war and what different people perceive as right and wrong.
The love developed slowly. Lee and Flynn don’t fall into each others’ arms. It was hard to fall for them completely because they didn’t have that same witty banter I’ve come to love from these authors, but they had their swoon-worthy moments and I appreciated how they kept their feelings truthful to the end – they couldn’t admit they were in love, but they wanted the chance to find out.
This series is slowly turning into one of my favourites. I think you’ll love it if you loved the first, or other slow-burning books about war like The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I can’t wait to read the third!
Why you should read it:
- My heart was pounding the whole way through.
- Conspiracy! Mysterious disappearing buildings!
- Guess who makes an appearance? (TARVER!)
- The dream sequences in between were confusing.
- Too many random Irish words used.
- Can the omnipresent Roderick La Roux make a bigger appearance in the third book please? His brand of malice is brilliant.