Publisher: Allen & Uwin
Release Date: November 19th, 2014
Series: Starbound Trilogy #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Reading companion novels to a book you love can be a scary thing. Almost as scary as reading sequels, potentially worse. There’s the risk that you won’t love the new characters or the new story. You dream of cameo appearances or mentions of your beloved old characters but there’s no guarantee they’ll appear. The entire thing could destroy your expectations and hopes for the series.
These were definitely some of my fears going into THIS SHATTERED WORLD. Fortunately, it was a good follow up to THESE BROKEN STARS. Did I love it as much as Tarver and Lilac’s story? No, it didn’t quite connect to me well enough for that. This could be related to my difference in mood at the time I read the books, as I was certainly more tired and distracted when reading THIS SHATTERED WORLD. Whatever trapped me when reading THESE BROKEN STARS just wasn’t there. It still had the same great writing and characters and world, it just took me a while to become invested in it is all.
Jubilee and Flynn’s story takes place on Avon, a very different planet to the abandoned one Tarver and Lilac crashed on. It’s a place with a fair amount of military conflict and tension. Jubilee and Flynn are on opposing sides of a rebellion and neither are exactly what you’d expect. Which, of course, I loved. Lee is a very determined girl with plenty of military experience under her belt and a sad past. You expect her to be cold, heartless, but she cares a lot about the people around her. Flynn is the rebel leader and the type of character you’d expect to be cocky, angry, not good at thinking before he acts. In reality he’s someone who wants to solve his people’s problems with words, not violence.
THIS SHATTERED WORLD has a slow building plot, in the way I often describe as “like a steam train”. Little things occur at the start, little tense things here and there. Nothing too exciting. The world is explained, the characters struggles established, connections to THESE BROKEN STARS plot slowly revealed. time more and more events happen. The plot builds momentum until the climax, where things barely slow down. Seriously, the end was awesome.
The romance also developed in a similar fashion. Nice and slow burning and very different to Tarver and Lilac’s relationship in THESE BROKEN STARS. Both couples are starcrossed lovers but in very different situations. Lilac and Tarver were alone on the planet and, while from two completely different classes of society, could develop their romance relatively freely. Jubilee and Flynn are enemies in a tense situation. They can’t give into their desires because they have other people to protect and jobs to do first. I’m very glad they understood this because there’s been so many instances where characters in other novels think making out is more important than the strife around them and it pisses me off!
While THIS SHATTERED WORLD didn’t blow me away like THESE BROKEN STARS did, I found it to be a very enjoyable companion. The plot developed slowly but was rewarding in the end, and the romance was lovely. It was interesting to see how the plot connected to its prequel, and I can’t wait so see how it all wraps up in the final installment of the trilogy later this year!