TITLE: This Shattered World
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
SERIES: Starbound #2
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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.
Before I say anything else, I have to say I loved This Shattered World more than These Broken Stars. It was more action packed than These Broken Stars and there was more conflict. As a result, it was more interesting. I definitely turned the pages faster and was more intrigued. After reading This Shattered World, it really felt like These Broken Stars was almost like a prequel. It basically just set the premise of the series and introduced some characters, but all the fun stuff happens in the second book.
I loved Lee and her strength, determination, and loyalty. I also liked how she added a little diversity to the book. Just a little pinch, but still some nonetheless. On the other hand, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Flynn. At first. It’s just that in the beginning of the book he kind of came off as a little… desperate. That being said, I really enjoyed his character development and by the end of the book, after learning more and reading about him, he got on my good side.
I really liked Lee’s “flashbacks” and their integration into the story and her current life. I thought they were really cool, but I wish there were more of them. I also wish we got to learn more about Flynn and his past. It felt like we weren’t given as much background information about him compared to Lee.
One of my favorite parts of the novel were Tarver and Lilac’s appearances. I kind of missed them and I loved being able to learn a little about their lives after These Broken Stars.
As great as This Shattered World is, I did have one big problem with it. It was a little predictable. Not necessarily the exact scenarios, but you still could formulate some idea about was going to happen next. View Spoiler »I mean seriously, just look at Lee and Flynn’s story and compare it to Tarver and Lilac’s. They’re pretty much parallel, except flipped. Their story and romance share the same basic outline. « Hide Spoiler
This Shattered World was a great sequel to These Broken Stars. It was even more action packed and intriguing than the first book. I loved the characters and Tarver and Lilac’s cameos but was a little disappointed in the predictability of the direction of the story. I can’t wait to read the last book Their Fractured Light!