Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

December 16, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★½

Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Megan SpoonerTitle: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Megan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Published by: Disney Hyperion on December 23, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 390
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three-half-stars

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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Illuminae, Gemina

One Line: Not as captivating as the first book, but I still really liked it.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I’ll give it to the authors, they’ve created one heck of an intricate and captivating world. While I enjoyed the wildness and mystery of the setting in These Broken Stars, it was interesting to learn more about this new planet, Avon, and what exactly was so special about it. The way the authors wove this story in with the previous book was excellent and after yet another explosive ending, I can only imagine how intense the next book will be. I think because it takes so much time to describe the setting and background for each book, they both tended to drag, this one more so than the first. Because of that, I wasn’t as invested in the story as I had hoped, but again, I still enjoyed it overall. It takes a good while, about halfway through the book, before things really get going and the secrets come out. If you can make it to that point, you’ll easily fly through the rest of the book like I did.

It seems like the authors are sticking to the “slow burning” kind of love for each of their main characters and they do it well. I both love and hate that kind of romantic writing. One the one hand, it fits with these characters and this world. It makes me believe in each of them as a strong couple and helps me to appreciate the characters as individuals, too. While I didn’t care for Flynn and Lee as much as I did Tarver and Lilac, I still enjoyed their budding romance. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint when exactly these two started falling for each other, Flynn more so than Lee, but by the end, the depth of their romance is very evident. Their romance is more hesitant, more weighted, and more forbidden than their predecessors. Flynn is definitely the pacifist, while Lee is a natural born soldier and watching their dynamics play itself out was good, but it wasn’t great. I guess I was just expecting more.

By the way, that little bit we get to see of Tarver and Lilac has me craving for so much more! I really missed that couple and I loved seeing how they are after everything that happened to them in their story.

The overall plot is delved into deeper in this book and you see just how far the villain has gone to further his plans. There is definitely a lot to take in with this book, which I think made it a slower and somewhat less captivating read. The writing is still brilliant and the characters are what keeps the story moving. I didn’t love it, but I really liked it. There’s more science fiction, politics, and mystery in this book, not so much romance, so if that sounds like your kind of read, then you’ll love this one. Even if it isn’t, like me, you’ll still enjoy the story and appreciate it for what it is.

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling 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.

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