Thursday, April 2, 2015

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner [REVIEW]

TITLE: This Shattered World
(Starbound #2)

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman &
Meagan Spooner

PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
PUB DATE: Dec 23 2014
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. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the 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 against the military occupying his home, 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 base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war.

The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.

Source: NetGalley


“Maybe we wouldn’t even like each other if we weren’t fighting for our lives every second of every day.”

I think majority of those who’ve been anticipating This Shattered World were readers who have been hooked over Tarver and Lilac’s story in These Broken Stars, hoping to see more of these two lovable characters take on a new adventure. Boy, were we all crushed to find out that there are new sets of characters taking hold of the second book!

But that feeling of disappointment was short-lived. Once readers have gotten to know Jubilee and Flynn, you get to fall in love with them just as well. True, they’re not Tarver and Lilac, but they come off just as memorable and worth rooting for all the same.

Now, like me, you probably felt cheated that Tarver and Lilac aren’t our main heroes in this book. Do not fret! Tarver makes a very significant appearance, Lilac as well, although a rather shorter one.

The big difference with These Broken Stars and This Shattered World would probably be their story’s direction. With These Broken Stars, I was so engrossed with the love story of Tarver and Lilac, while This Shattered World made me focus on the world and mystery encased within. Sure there are sweet moments for Jubilee and Flynn but their love story did take a bit of a step back.

While These Broken Stars made me feel mostly giddy and swoony, This Shattered World offered a more action-packed, heart-stopping story that I think would make any fan of the first book find it satisfying and enjoyable. You’ll find this book as compelling and just as original as the first.

I’m really eager to see where the Starbound trilogy’s story would go to next. The plot’s progression is precisely laid out in a way that eases readers into it in a steady and comprehensible approach. Book three could not come any sooner!

*Thank you, Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for granting my request to view This Shattered World.

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