Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

December 1, 2014 Book Review, Young Adult 4 ★★★★½

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

This Shattered WorldThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 23rd 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Tour
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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.

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

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Last year I read the first book in this series, These Broken Stars, about two characters from different worlds who find themselves leaning on each other to survive, and finding love, after their ship crashes into an unknown planet. It managed to captivate me with its often surprising sci-fi elements as well as the push-pull romance between the compelling characters. I must admit I was a little disappointed to find out this second installment would focus on new characters and not the beloved ones I fell for in book one, but nevertheless, I was once again enraptured by the unique world these authors have created.

Here we have two characters from different stations in life, much like we saw with the first book. Jubilee is a Captain on the planet Avon on the verge of war. Flynn is a rebel, trying to avoid the war that seems imminent unless he takes action. And action he does take when he kidnaps Captain (Jubi)Lee, hoping for answers and help for his people. These two embark on quite the mission to not only keep themselves alive, but to find those answers and save the planet. When these two first met, Flynn hid his identity which earned him the nickname Romeo and I must say I did see a lot of parallels to the classic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed ‘lovers’ who come from feuding ‘families’ who want nothing more than to destroy each other, leaving the ‘lovers’ is the crossfire. Yep, that is absolutely the path this novel takes at first. And while I was really interested in where the story was going from that aspect, I can’t say I was overly invested until about halfway through the book, when the pieces were finally connecting this book to its predecessor. At that point I had an ‘AH HA!” moment and realized I probably should have reread These Broken Stars first. BUT, the authors did do a tremendous job filling in the blanks. For me personally though, those finer details are what makes these books so unique (and awesome) and can be a little complicated so a refresher would have been nice. The second half of the book? I could not put down! Tarver and Lilac made an appearance (SQUEE!) and I just loved so much how everything tied in together with the old characters and the new and discovering a world and life beyond what they know.

Jubilee and Flynn were outstanding characters. Jubilee was a fighter, a true soldier who believed in her cause. Same could be said for Flynn. Even though they came from different places, they discover their beliefs and goals were the same – to save the people and the planet. And that is what I loved about these two together. They were able to put aside their differences, to go against their own side for a much bigger and better cause, and for their faith in each other. The romance was on the light side compared to These Broken Stars, but it fit perfectly with the flow of events. Trust, the chemistry was there and spot on, but it definitely wasn’t the focus. Instead we have the right amount of swoon with just the hint of what could be.

Lots of action, surprises and interesting sci-fi twists make this series one to check out! I am dying to find out which direction the next book will take. Will we continue on with new characters once again? Will we focus on the ones we’ve already met? What will happen to this world? I have no clue but I cannot wait to find out!

“I’m not your enemy, Jubilee Chase,” I whisper. “And I don’t think you’re mine.” I lean after her until I can capture her mouth again. My hands burn where I touch her, everything else fading away into the background, drowned out by this, by her, by us.

4.5_stars

About Amie Kaufman

I’m a young adult author from Melbourne, Australia, represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary. I write fantasy, science fiction and all things speculative.

My favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, my dog Jack, gardening, plotting and executing overseas travel, napping, my music collection and reading. Also my husband.

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 Northern Virginia, 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.

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4 Responses to “Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

  1. Pam@YA Escape from Reality

    I actually loved this one more than These Broken Stars for some reason. I think my review is scheduled to post on Friday. I did have one question that bothered me the whole book. Who sent the colonists over originally? (I’m assuming there was no human life on the planet in the beginning since they had to terraform it). And what was their role supposed to be? It had obviously been a couple of generations, but that wasn’t explained at all (unless I just missed it). The way the book was presented, it was like the corporation came in and took over and displaced them, but at the same time, someone had to send them there in the first place, right? Glad you enjoyed the book and yes, I can’t wait for the next one. Obviously there’s a certain person who is going down, which makes me think we’ll see all of the characters from the first two books again. Sort of like the Lunar Chronicles.
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