Monday, January 5, 2015
Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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.
Goodreads | Source: ARC via BEA
This Shattered World has such a different feel than These Broken Stars. TBS’s was more of an action packed thrill ride with a sweeping romance while TSW is a more thought provoking story filled with romantic tension – yet the romance isn’t the focal point – more of a catalyst for Jubilee and Flynn’s character growth.
I am absolutely in love with Jubilee Chase. She’s one of the best YA heroines I’ve read in a long time. She’s strong yet shows such vulnerability that you can’t help but feel for the horrible ethical/moral choices thrust upon her. She doesn’t always make the right choice at first but she is loyal, brave and stands up to do the right thing – even when it’s not easy.
Jubilee and Flynn’s relationship goes from enemies to frenemies to maybe something more but both of them realize the implications and while their longing is palpable, they keep their eyes on solving the bigger picture. This is a heart wrenching yet low key star-crossed romance.
This Shattered World, although an entirely different story than These Broken Stars, in both location and tone, ties in elements to bring the two stories together and set up next story in the Starbound series. It was really well done. Expect a few awesome cameos (Tarver!).
As much as I enjoyed it, I do have a few nitpicks.
Some of the conflict/action scenes felt repetitive after a while. How many times can you get beat up/run away etc…?
The interludes (Tarver’s interrogation) from book #1 really worked for me. They added to Tarver and Lilac’s story but the interludes in TSW just kept pulling me out of the story and left me scratching my head. There is a big reveal at the end but they made so little sense until that point I found them to more of a distraction.Honestly, I wished I skipped them.
Sure, I had a few quibbles but I did really enjoy this installment. What a fantastic series. I love how each book explores a new side of war while still tying it all together with LaRoux Industries, Tarver and Lilac. It’s a whole new world and couple but they build nicely on the story before it.