Title: This Shattered World
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound Trilogy
Previous Book in the Series:
1. These Broken Stars
Date Started: August 12
Date Finished: August 14
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
I wanted to like this book. No, really I did. I was really excited to read it too, because I loved These Broken Stars so much. But this book turned into one of those sequel books that really isn’t a sequel because it follows a completely different set of characters even if it is set in the same world and the characters from a previous book show up in it. Which is exactly what happened here. Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac couldn’t be anymore different and for the love of space why they ended up together I’m still trying to put those pieces together. While in the last book Lilac and Tarver were completely opposite at least you had time to see that they had their reasons for being how they were and they grew closer. The same did not happen for Chase and Cormac. If anything, I felt like they were pushed together because they were fighting for the same cause. How The Fury – a brief bout of insanity that only seemed to affect non-natives to Avon – was getting worse and might be a conspiracy by Lilac’s father’s company to get rid of Avon completely.
There was a lot of fighting. A lot of blood. A lot of military craziness and rebellion confusion going on. Eventually, things get a tiny bit better when Lilac and Tarver make an appearance, but only just. Because Tarver doesn’t really stay long, just long enough to make these stories interconnected with the same common villain – Lilac’s father. The guy really needs to stop messing with things that he doesn’t completely understand.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Too much violence. Too much rebellion. Too much trying to force a couple together when they really didn’t work. And I’m not really sure I understood the little scenes before each chapter. Something dealing with the wisps and Jubilee’s life in November (a city not the month)? I have no idea.
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