Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Posted January 7, 2016 by Samantha Davies in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 23 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

I have been putting of reading This Shattered World for a while, mostly because I adored These Broken Stars and wasn’t ready to move on to a new set of characters yet. I was very attached to Lilac and Tarver and had to wait a bit to get over the obsessive compulsion of only wanting to read more about them. Especially when the next book is in the same universe not about the same people.

I wish I had picked it up sooner because I was immediately sucked into the story, which is 8 months after Lilac and Tarver crash landed together. This time set on the planet of Avon and centering around Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. The plot is well paced and kept me guessing until the very end. I really wasn’t sure whether it was going to be a sad or happy ending for the pair, This Shattered World kept you on the edge of you seat.

Jubilee Chase is a bit of a mystery at first. She is hard ass soldier who doesn’t let anyone get close to her. She has a reputation on Avon as being soul less and an unrelenting killer. Lee is tough and good at what she does but underneath she is just trying to hold it together and protect other families from what happened to hers. I really enjoyed the unraveling of who Lee’s was and how she came to be that way. She is a complicated, confusing, tough, vulnerable and wonderfully real girl. It made the scenes when she showed her emotions to Flynn that much more meaningful and made me feel like I was getting to know a real character. She also did not need to rely on someone to save her, she got things done and came through when she was needed most.

Flynn was just as complicated as Jubilee and the kind of character you fall in love with instantly. He’s not the brooding bad boy you see so often but a genuinely good guy. He is the little brother of Orla Cormac the most infamous rebel to be executed on Avon, but he has no interest in violence or fighting with the military. He just wants peace and a chance for his planet to reach it’s  full potential. He didn’t mean to kidnap Jubilee and even went against his own people to make sure she made it out alive. He proved himself to be a selfless person so many times over and genuinely cared for Lee even though she was his enemy. It was really refreshing to see a guy in a book acknowledge a girl could kick his ass and really not have a problem with it.

I really enjoyed this book and loved having the little insights into what Lilac and Tarver’s life is like now. I liked the slow progression of the romance between Flynn and Jubilee instead of it being insta-love like you see so often. I still loved These Broken Stars a bit more, so I only gave this book 4 stars but I would definitely recommend it.

Now I am off to reread These Broken Stars and order the third book in the trilogy Their Fractured Light!

 

four-stars

About Amie Kaufman

The short bio: Amie Kaufman is the co-author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World) and The Illuminae Files trilogy (Illuminae). She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

The longer story: Amie Kaufman is the co-author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World) and The Illuminae Files trilogy (Illuminae). She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. Amie had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favourite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighbourhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas. Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab.

As she grew older (but not up), she continued her education, and graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution. These days she combines writing with work as a mediator, as well as regular travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia. A few of her top travel moments include camping in the Sahara overnight, climbing a mountain in Vietnam, standing on the Great Wall of China and cycling the Loire Valley, but she has a huge list left to cover.

Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their very quirky rescue dog, Jack. She’s a huge fan of chocolate and naps, has an enormous music collection, and an entire room of her house is devoted to her library. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

Meagan Spooner is the author of SKYLARK and SHADOWLARK, the first two books in a young adult fantasy trilogy available NOW from Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Books. She is also the co-author of THESE BROKEN STARS, the first in the young adult science fiction Starbound Trilogy available now from Disney-Hyperion. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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  • 2016 Reading Challenge

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