This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 23rd, 2014
Source: The Midnight Garden Blog Tour
Date Read: 12/9/14 to 12/20/14
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.
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First off, thank you to the Midnight Garden for hosting this blog tour! I didn't realize it had to be a weekdate until now since I was going to post it on Sunday, but I guess today will have to do. (Been a bit bogged down by finals the past few days, sadly)
Tomorrow is the release day of This Shattered World!
To the review! To be honest, even though this was the sequel to These Broken Stars, I feel that you could just read this without reading the prequel. The book features two new characters, though I do have to mention that we get to see Lilac and Tarver from the first book.
Onto the review!
This Shattered World features our star-crossed lovers, Captain Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, each from two different sides of a conflict on the underdeveloped, or currently being developed planet Avon. Unfortunately the inhabitants on Avon are not happy with the current situation on their planet. The terraforming is going poorly, and there are always clouds in the skies, and swamps everywhere.
And soldiers everywhere. All in all, it's not a very safe place.
Jubilee chase, a captain stationed on Avon, is simply put, kick-ass and always in line. UNTIL SHE MEETS FLYNN CORMAC, from the rebellion! Flynn, who has the guts to kidnap her because he wants information about the secret facility in the swamps that no one knows about. But no, he doesn't want to kill her. Unfortunately the other rebels do.
Personally, I loved This Shattered World better than These Broken Stars. The characters were amazing, I loved both Flynn and Jubilee (even though I wasn't as attached to them as I thought I would be). Though I did like Lilac and Tarver just as much, I felt there was just more action overall surrounding Jubilee and Flynn. The whole novel was full of action, and the ending answered all my questions from the first book. In These Broken Stars, the ending felt a little off for me because I was extremely confused. But now, I understand what is going on, kind of. More than before at least.
Also, there were little snippets of Jubilee's dreams between the chapters, which were written in an almost lyrical way, in that they were analogous to what was happening to her at that moment. It definitely gave her more depth as a character.
Also, is it just me, but did anyone else think that Tarver was 40 years old when we first met him? I don't know why I thought that! But apparently This Shattered World took place 8 months after the first book. So I am completely wrong haha.
BUT YEAH TARVER AND LILAC APPEAR. Just letting anyone who are hardcore fans of them hahah.
But yeah! Overall, I really enjoyed This Shattered World, even though I felt that it could've been better in the 3rd person (I'm in no position to say that though). I think the beginning of the novel was teensy weensy bit info-dumpy, AND I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD'VE FELT THE FEELS, but I didn't? Plus, I'm sure the ending wasn't as plot-twisty as its prequel (but then again I did NOT understand the ending to TBS until, well, nope I still don't) Other than that, THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK.
BUT WHO'S READY FOR A GIVEAWAY?