Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

February 26, 2015 Review 30 ★★★★

Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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Publisher: Allen & Uwin
Source: Purchased
Pages: 394
Release Date: November 19th, 2014
Series: Starbound Trilogy #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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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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!
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Overall: 3.9

30 Responses to “Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

  1. Jess @My Reading Dress

    I’m with you, this one had a slow, slow buildup! BUT THAT ENDING! I’m glad you enjoyed it overall! I’m seeing a trend with this one–a lot of people who weren’t wowed by the first one were just blown away by the sequel and those who were completely enamoured still loved it, but a little less than these broken stars. Interesting, right? Hahaha ok ignore me. Lovely review, Bec! x
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    • Bec

      The ending was so good!

      It is such an interesting trend! I hadn’t notice it because when the reviews for this were all come it out I was avoiding them like the plague.

      Thanks :)

  2. Faye M.

    Glad to see that despite not connecting to the characters, you were still able to enjoy it, Bec!! I agree on the wariness of reading companion novels… I know when I learned this wasn’t about Tarver and Lilac anymore that I was unhappy, because I wasn’t certain I was ready to move on from them yet and invest myself in another character’s shoes. Thankfully, I was able to get into Flynn and Lee’s eventually! I actually put this on hold after the first few pages because I couldn’t get into it, then after a week of its release date, pushed myself and then loved it eventually!!
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    • Bec

      Companion novels tend to be hit or miss with me.

      When this was announced I was excited for the change to explore more of the world and was happy with how Tarver and Lilac’s story wrapped up, but I was going to miss them. I’m so glad they still made an appearing and had a role in This Shattered World!

      I think if I read this at a different time I might have gotten into it faster! It’s strange how our mood can affect our reading.

  3. Nara

    I actually liked This Shattered World more than These Broken Stars! Probably because there was much more focus on the world building and more development of the overarching plotline rather than just having a really dominant romance. Definitely looking forward to the last book too! :D
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    • Bec

      I loved the development with the overarching plot, I just wish it had made itself known a bit sooner. The world building was amazing. The conclusion’s going to be awesome.

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    I have lost hope now, I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as Thee Broken Stars (which I mean, come on. Lilac and Tarver) so now I really don’t expect to like it as much, which just makes me not want to read it in the first place. :( So it’ll proably take me time to warm up to it the same as you. But I can definitely get on board with the opposite-of-what-you’d-think charactersand yessssssssss slow burn romance, I was so hoping for that. :D
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    • Bec

      No don’t lose hope! It’s still good and Lilac and Tarver do have a part to play in This Shattered World! I honestly thing my crappy mood was half the reason it took me so long to get into it. The characters and romance are great.

    • Bec

      Companions are great for giving new perspectives and stories in the same world, but I always miss the original characters. Most of the companions I’ve read recently have been really good :D

    • Bec

      I know the pain of the library not having the book. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER LIBRARY, RENEE’S HAPPINESS IS AT STAKE. If you lived closer I’d let you borrow my copy! I hope you get to read it soon!

    • Bec

      It was still a good, enjoyable book.

      If you’re ever looking for a good YA sci fi I definitely recommend this series :D

  5. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I think I felt almost the same way as you did about THIS SHATTERED WORLD. I didn’t love it quite as much as THESE BROKEN STARS, but I think there was just really something special about TBS, that TSW just didn’t QUITE manage to grasp.

    I did really appreciate the fact that Lee and Flynn didn’t just go: problems, be damned! Let’s makeout.
    because it is always annoying and so irresponsible when characters do that >.>

    I think the best aspect of this novel, for me, was the world building. It was so awesome and well thought out, and it never info dumped. It was SO GOOD.

    I’m really looking forward to the last instalment, as well. The title has been released, but I cannot remember it ;D
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    • Bec

      Exactly! Something in TBS wouldn’t let me put it down for anything. TSW wasn’t quite that compelling.

      Their Fractured Light is the title of book 3! I can’t wait for more world building on a new planet to get to the bottom of LaRoux Industries!

  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    I was the complete opposite to you Bec! I loved This Shattered World but found These Broken Stars so tremendously boring because I just couldn’t deal with the lack of world building and characters. I think the books are very different though and it’s quite reflective of what kind of reader/books you like to read depending on which one you liked better.

    I adored Flynn and Jubilee because they had so much more stacked against them. I like the progression in the story as well, and I’m keen for the next one!

    • Bec

      It is very interesting seeing who liked which book more! Normally there’s a general consensus but this seems equally split.

      They had so much stacked against them! Once I got into the story I really liked it, it just took me a while to get sucked in.

  7. Wattle

    I haven’t started this series yet (These Broken Stars has been sitting on my shelf forEVER) but I’m definitely going to have to pick it up soon!

    Although, it seems to me as though it’s very much in fashion to have series that have different main characters each book. I find it jarring, particularly if I love the original set of characters and they are effectively taken away from me. I suppose it stops things going stale, but it feels a bit weird :(
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    • Bec

      Yes start it soon! They’re so entertaining.

      I actually like the way these books are set up (compared to other books which change MCs alot). It’s not just so there can be more stories in the same world. The main characters from book one still had a big role from book two, but different main characters allowed for more exploration of the plot. These characters could do things the original characters couldn’t for various reasons. It’s delivered really well.

  8. A Canadian Girl

    “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!” I totally agree!

    I had the same fears as you going in, but ended up loving this one even more than These Broken Stars. I can’t wait for book 3!

    • Bec

      It was so refreshing to have characters who didn’t drop everything at the sight of their romance!

      I’m glad you liked it more :)

  9. Denise

    This is such an amazing review! I enjoyed These Broken Stars, but not that much because it was a bit slow moving – do you this TSW would be the same? If it is, I still want to read it, but I’m just not going to be as keen to buy it. (But the cover is beautiful and will look great on my shelf!)
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    • Bec

      Thanks!

      Hmm I don’t know what you’ll think of this. A lot of people who didn’t love These Broken Stars actually liked TSW more. I just had trouble getting into it because I was in a weird (almost slumpy) mood when I started it.

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