Review | This Shattered World

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Second Book in Starbound Trilogy
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Published: December 23, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion
Genre: YA sci-fi
My Rating: 5/5

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.

 

I absolutely loved this book. Which was a welcome surprise because I thought the first one was just okay even though I did enjoy it, I just didn’t fall in love with it. This Shattered World changed that. I fell in love with the world, the writing, the characters (Tarver and Lilac included). Everything was so beautifully planned and executed, rich and detailed. I just devoured this book.

Okay so even though I fell in love with this book, that doesn’t mean it’s without flaw. The beginning of the book came off a little peculiar. I had no problem with how it started, but what I did have a problem with was how the romance started. There’s such a strong-willed chemistry between Jubilee and Flynn which I loved. But how it started, man… I just couldn’t. I felt like they weren’t addressing any of the issues at hand correctly. That Jubilee was locked up for two days and when returned back to base, all of her morals and beliefs were thrown out the window. I just need better clarification of why, it felt like she had a little dose of Stockholm Syndrome.

Even though the romance had its flaws, it still made up to be a beautiful one and the message behind it really made up for the rocky start. I love their banter and how they both saw things in each other that they themselves didn’t even see. I love how there were so many unsaid things, but they just seemed to understand. And as a reader, it made for something real which helped make their world seem more lively and real.

The dual perspective worked out wonderfully in this book. You get to see how they were and acted when they weren’t near each other. Being able to see their relationships with other people, gave more complexity to their characters. Where you didn’t get that from the first book in the series.

Another thing I liked better in this book was the chapter separator thingy they did. Instead of it being a part of dialogue, it was these small glimpses of a scenes that are hands down the most beautifully written part of this book. Even though they didn’t make any sense until the end.

 Overall, this book did wonders for this series in my eyes. Which I haven’t decided if that was a good thing or bad because I’m stuck here until December without the next one. I don’t think I’ll survive that long.

 

5 stars

Have you read this one? What did you think about it?