Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World (Starbound #2)
Authors:  Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion, 390 pages
Expected Publication Date:  December 23, 2014

From Goodreads:
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.

So. Many. Feels.  I absolutely adored this book, even more than These Broken Stars.  *gasp*  Jubilee is a soldier, strong, fearless, and dedicated to doing her job.  For some reason she's immune to The Fury (where the person basically goes crazy and starts killing people), so she's attained legendary status on the planet Avon.  Flynn is a rebel, but he believes in peace, and he just wants his people to have basic rights, medicine, and food.  They're supposed to be enemies, but….

It's not insta-love at all, and it's one of the few YA novels where what they say makes sense.  They realize they don't really know each other, they're going through intense, life and death stuff, but they want a chance to find out if they could love each other. So. Perfect.  

The plot, the pacing, the world-building…all amazing.  I could almost see the planet in the early stages of terraforming, the swampiness, the mud, the clouds.  Beautifully written.

And yes, Tarver and Lilac make an appearance!

I did have one question that wasn't answered.  Where did the the colonists come from?  They've apparently been there for generations, but I'm assuming if the planet was being terraformed that they were brought there from another world.  Who brought them there?  What was their role supposed to be?  That bothered me the whole book and it was never explained.

Definitely a five star read for me.  Loved every single word.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I need to read this. It sounds like just what I'm searching.

  2. Ahh I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!! can't wait for it :D

  3. Yay I am glad you enjoyed this. And I'm happy to hear you liked it more than These Broken Stars. I liked TBS but didn't LOVE it which is I guess why I haven't jumped all over this book. But I will prioritize it now. And that romance sounds so refreshing!

  4. I really enjoyed this too, even if I did prefer TBS. I think I just missed Tarver and Lilac and the funny banter between the two. TSW was a lot darker and I wasn't completely expecting it.