ARC Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This Shattered WorldTitle: This Shattered World (Starbound #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Publication date: December 23, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 390

Source: e-ARC from publisher via Netgalley (Thank you, Disney-Hyperion!)

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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.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

The second installment in the Starbound trilogy, This Shattered World is one of the best books I’ve read in 2014. The first book, These Broken Stars, stole my heart last year so I’m very excited to read the next book! It felt so great to be back in the magnificent intergalactic world that authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner created.

Set in the same universe as These Broken Stars, this book introduces readers to two new protagonists, Jubilee and Flynn, and a new planet named Avon. This Shattered World is rich in vivid images, adrenaline rush-infused action, heart-dropping twists, and a hold-your-breath brand of tension. A sci-fi novel written in a cinematic manner such as this one always, I repeat, ALWAYS gets my 100% attention.

This Shattered World maintained the element of surprise and consistency of tension that readers experienced in These Broken Stars. Once again, my mind was completely blown! The build up of pressure kept me on the edge of my seat, with my heart racing and my mind continuously guessing what’s going to happen next. Everything is intriguing, mysterious, and strange—totally not how you thought things would be like. So head scratching and hair pulling moments are inevitable as you thumb through the pages of this book. I’m not kidding, people! Some of the questions you’ll keep on asking are “Why?” “How did that happen?” “Did (insert name of character) really do (insert incident)?” And when you try to put ideas together, they won’t add up! It’s crazy and at the same time fantastic! In addition, the world of the Starbound trilogy is more defined in This Shattered World as it gives a clear picture on what the people are up against and how its magnitude affects them. I really love that this book also delves into the world’s history that strengthened the foundation of the Starbound trilogy’s world. With this, readers are sure to appreciate it further.

Jubilee and Flynn are characters that you can’t help but become smitten with the moment you meet them. The two have strong voices, compelling personalities, and powerful distinctive opinions that make them unforgettable. Jubilee and Flynn’s sincere and poignant backstories helped me understand who they are as individuals. Not only that, I also saw how they are a perfect match. Both shattered by their world, Jubilee and Flynn meet and discover that they share the grief, hurt, sadness, and burden of what’s happening in their home. It was amazing to witness these characters fall in love slowly and passionately in a raw and deeply felt kind of romance.

An exquisite and gratifying second book in the Starbound trilogy, This Shattered World brings science fiction to a whole new level of extraordinary. I can’t wait for Book 3!


5/5 stars


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