This Shattered World

July 16, 2015 Book Reviews 0

This Shattered WorldThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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 rebels.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporations that terraformed Avon. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the 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 base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

As Flynn and Lee attempt to uncover the truth about Avon, they realize that there is a conspiracy on the planet that runs deeper than either of them could imagine, one that Lee's former commander Tarver Merendsen only scratched the surface of two years ago.

The stunning second novel in the Starbound series is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.

My Thoughts:  If you read my blog regularly, then you probably remember how obnoxiously excited I was about the release of This Shattered World.  I pre-ordered it and was soooo excited to read it.  I managed to hold myself back for about 6 months, trying to temper my excitement and not ruin the book for myself by hyping it up too much.

The good news is that I wasn’t over-excited when I started This Shattered World.  I was actually a little underwhelmed and bored.  Chapter 5 is when I finally started to get hooked.  I feel like I need to clarify, by “hooked” I mean no longer bored out of my mind.  Nothing against the authors, but This Shattered World didn’t have the same elements that kept me wanting more in These Broken Stars.

The love story was barely there as a love story.  Normally I’m fine if a book is light on the romance, but since it’s billed as “an unforgettable story about love and forgiveness” I was annoyed by the lack of love.  The story between Tarver and Lilac in These Broken Stars was so much better.  The romance between Jubilee and Flynn was fairly unremarkable.  I suppose it was believable in a realistic sense, but disappointing with the Starbound trilogy’s world.

I couldn’t stop thinking, “the first book was way better than this.”  Even the action sequences that would normally get your heart pumping fell a little flat.  It’s a planet on the brink of war, lives are constantly on the line and a part of me (too large) didn’t really care.  I wasn’t connecting with the characters, the world, or what was happening to them.  The most exciting part for me was the cameo by Tarver and Lilac.

Overall, I did like This Shattered World.  I was just really disappointed that it fell flat for me.  I’m still looking forward to Their Fractured Light (I pre-order that too) and seeing how the trilogy wraps up.  Maybe I was just a little moody while reading This Shattered World and if I re-read I’d feel differently.  Who knows.  I would still recommend This Shattered World if you’ve already read These Broken Stars.

3.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I liked it, but I was kind of disappointed in it too.

My review of These Broken Stars

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