Book Review: This Shattered World

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Book Review: This Shattered WorldThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 23rd 2014
Pages: 390

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.

thoughtTaking place shortly after the events of These Broken Stars, This Shattered World introduces us to a new world and a new set of characters.

I had pretty high hopes for This Shattered World going into it. I knew this time around there would be little to no Lilac and Tarver, which was fine with me. But I was really curious to see how everything would tie together from These Broken Stars.

This Shattered World starts off, pacing wise, just like These Broken Stars. The plot begins by heavily focusing on our characters. Their individual stories told via dual POVs. For Jubilee Chase, the military is her life. She is good at what she does and it is her escape of sorts. She believes that she is on the right path… until she meets Flynn Cormac. Flynn is a native. Living in under his sister’s shadow, but unlike his sister, Flynn wants a peaceful existence.  When Flynn abducts Captain Lee, he is hoping that he can show her another way for everyone to come together. No fighting, just military and natives working together to make Avon a better place. However, as expected, Flynn’s plan does not exactly go as planned.

There is a part of me that really loves this read. The beauty of Avon. The character development of Jubliee. The turmoil of the natives. I loved seeing how everything progressed with This Shattered World.

But This Shattered World was almost a DNF for me.

One of the issues I had with These Broken Stars was how long it took for the main conflict to show itself. Sure, there is the character / romance conflict going on. But the main issue that they (more than likely as a new couple) have to resolve is missing for most of the read. Like These Broken Stars, This Shattered World begins by focusing heavily on building up the world and the characters. I love that. It is great and wonderful, but it can also make the read feel stagnant much too quickly. I found myself more than once wanting to scream “let’s go already!” After probably about the third time of this, I found myself seriously thinking I could not go any further. I loved the characters and the read as a whole, but the time it was taking for the overall big event to show itself was almost too much.

Again like These Broken Stars, once it did, it was a game changer.

This Shattered World in a matter of a few pages went from “I really don’t think I can keep going” to “Finally, this is what I was waiting for. This is great!”


If you enjoyed These Broken Stars, This Shattered World will be a must read. Personally, I liked These Broken Stars better, but This Shattered World has its high points.
If you didn’t love or felt meh about These Broken Stars, This Shattered World will probably be one you better skip. While a good story, the plot formatting is pretty similar in both, which for me, is a cause for frustration more than anything.
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3 responses to “Book Review: This Shattered World

  1. Kate, totally agree! I loved These Broken Stars and almost didn’t make it through This Shattered World. I’m glad I did though but I still like the first one way more. I’m excited to see what happens in the third book.

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