Book: This Shattered World

13138734This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher: Disney – Hyperion
Publish Date: December 23, 2014
Series: Starbound, Book 2
ISBN-13: 9781423171034
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis: 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. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. 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 against the military occupying his home, 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 in 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.


 

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is magical. In my world of revolving stories and characters, Kaufman and Spooner managed to make an impression that will last a lifetime. As a second book in the Starbound trilogy, I worried how it would compare to These Broken Stars. But to do so won’t give this book, the characters, and this expansive world justice. There is something to be said for two authors who reinvent a world, allowing a reader to once again be captivated and enthralled! I constantly wondered what was next, all while absorbing each word.

This Shattered World follows the tale of Captain Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. In an out-of-this-world Romeo and Juliette story, it isn’t exactly as plain and simple as boy meets girl. Jubilee, Lee, Chase is a captain of the forces on Avon, doing what she must to battle the colonists and rebellions. Flynn Cormac is one of the said rebels, trying to take back his planet from the corporation. Told in an alternating point-of-view style, I enjoyed every moment of it.

Lee Chase is a main character if I ever saw one. She demands attention in a no-nonsense way. She isn’t a typical MC, and I loved that about her. She has bravado, guts, and all the glory that you can imagine. But with all  her exterior gumption, she has a vulnerable side. You would never sense it with Lee, since she puts up a mean poker face, but it’s slowly revealed. Her character progression is familiar and warming, and I felt like I always knew her and all her secrets. She’s enjoyable and realistic, and you just always want to be on her side. She’s memorable and I admire that about her.

Flynn isn’t your normal love interest, nor is he your normal white knight. But what Flynn is, is the boy who wins your heart. As an opposite to Lee, Flynn doesn’t demand attention. There’s an easy-going way to his character and personality. What Flynn gets from me is my loyalty and friendship, and who wouldn’t want  that for a character? His story is familiar, yet unique, and enjoyable.

In a story of survival and conspiracies, this book heightened galactic rebellions with a romantic flair. Kaufman and Spooner managed to bring a different dimension (pun intended) to their world. A second book will always be a second book, but these two authors managed to intrigue me with their story  and characters once again. I didn’t love Lee and Flynn as much as Lilac or Tarver, but it is hard to forget about your first love.

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