By: Melanie | January 14, 2015 | (62) Comments

Review + Giveaway: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 19th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 394
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

One day I plan to kidnap Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner so they can come and write books for me to read for the rest of my life.

Let me tell you now: this is not a sequel to These Broken Stars. That’s right, This Shattered World is a companion novel set in the same world in which we follow two seemingly dissimilar main leads, Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. Jubilee is the perfect soldier and she knows it: strong, resilient and a total all round badass. She’s the captain of most well equipped and strongest force in Avon and well…with great power comes great responsibility. (Sorry I had to say that.) As for Flynn, he’s the brother of the former leader of the rebels, and now it’s his job to take over his sister’s stand. In terms of characterisation, Kaufman and Spooner do not fail to serve. Lee and Flynn complete each other and both of them had such brilliant backbone and authentic-ness. In a war strewn world, these are exactly the kinds of characters you expect.

These Broken Stars is arguably a love story about two star-crossed lovers, whereas This Shattered World is not. We make a turn for the better into a world of war and terror and lies and everything has become evidently darker and more plot-driven. The atmosphere these two authors create is truly something special and utterly unique. And this is all because how bloody fantastic Kaufman and Spooner’s prose is. Yes, I’d call it ‘purple prose’ (I honestly hate the term, though) but it’s never over embellished–it’s equal parts raw and intense.

The romance takes the back seat in This Shattered World and lets the world building and plot take over. And honestly, I’m not complaining. We still get a lovely share of swoons and beautiful chemistry, but here, it’s more about the war and the lies and horrors and twists that come with it. Seriously, I loved it all. Also, I’ll add that we have a Tarver and Lilac cameo. They actually do have a part to play in the plot too, which made everything even more epic.

Kaufman and Spooner are seriously cooking up some brilliant magic. The stakes are raised, the characters are even more fantastic and the extraterrestrial backdrop that these authors continue to expand all combine into one perfect novel. Highly recommended for all sci-fi fans.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for this copy!~

4 Stars

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62 Responses to Review + Giveaway: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. I am soo excited to read this book. I won a copy of it last year and I’ll be getting around to it soon. (And by “soon” I mean, whenever my TBR pile fits onto the one shelf… Which could really take me quite some time.) I’m actually glad to hear that the romance takes a backseat in this one. I mean, I loved the romance aspect in the first novel but it’ll be nice to see a larger plot there, too. Wonderful review. 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha yeah, the horror of the never ending TBR pile xP The romance is still very swoony and Flynn makes a gorgeous book boyfriend but yeah, it’s not emphasised as much as it is in These Broken Stars. Thanks, Kara!

  2. alreem says:

    lovely review, I just put my hand on this book and can’t wait to read it 🙂 Lovely Review
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  3. I’m glad you liked it so much, Melanie 😀

    I am a sucker (SUCKER) for romance, so I did actually enjoy THESE BROKEN STARS more than THIS SHATTERED WORLD. I felt more connected to the characters, I suppose. And the serial shipper side of me just completely got behind Lilac and Tarver. But I could appreciate the fact that there was a lot more to this novel that the romance (which was pretty darn swoon worthy) between Jubilee and Flynn.

    The world building of these two women … and the character development + fleshing out is seriously fantastic, and one of the reasons why I DO NOT WANT THIS SERIES TO END. I have an inkling about who the third book is going to be about and if I’m right, I think it will be pretty awesome.

    Can I ask why it was only four stars? Perhaps you are like me – someone who saves the precious five stars for the books that completely break you or blow you away!
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    • Melanie says:

      Ah yes that totally makes sense! I think I might have liked These Broken Stars an inking more for the same reasons as you but I loved how this one was more darker etc.

      In regards to why it’s 4 stars, it’s because I’m an incredibly stingy person and rarely give out 5 stars because that’s when a book blows me away. I loved this, but it didn’t really make me feel like it was 5 stars (I’m an emotional rater).

  4. I haven’t even read These Broken Stars even if it has been on my TBR for quite some time now! I’m really glad you loved This Shattered World as well! Great review. 🙂

    it’s too bad I can’t join the giveaway but good luck to those who did! 🙂
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  5. I love the cover of this book, and it sounds like a really interesting read. I’ve been looking for more science fiction novels to read, and this seems perfect. I actually really like novels in which the romance takes the backseat and the story focuses more on the plot, world building and characters. It’s unusual, I know. I’m also kind of interested to see how a cowritten book would turn out because I would think there would be two different conflicting voices from the two authors throughout the book.
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? The covers to these books are simply gorgeous. Oh no there aren’t any conflicting voices at all. These two authors go together like bread and butter 😉

  6. Diamond says:

    I haven’t read the first book yet! I love these covers though, they’re SOOOO party. Do you think it’s more sci-fi or more fantasy feel to it? I like sci-fi but sometimes it can be cold and ..idk how to describe it , u know what I mean? I like that there’s a romance though–is it a big part of the series? (I only skimmed your review since I didn’t want to know too much about the book I hadn’t read yet lol 😛
    <3 thanks doll
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    • Melanie says:

      RIGHT I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE COVERS AHHHH. Oh yes I totally know what you mean! Uhhh…I’d say more sci-fi because of the technology and the setting feel more sciency, if that makes sense! The first book was dominated with romance but for this one, it took the back seat. These books aren’t really a series–they’re companion novels because each one features a different pair from the same universe.

  7. I adore the covers of these books. I really enjoyed These Broken Stars so I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I love how we see a different angle to the series, how it still captures the romance in the background yet lets the world itself be more integral to this book. Great review, Mel as always! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? They’re so freaking gorgeous so much that I bought the US hardbacks as well as the AUS paperbacks heh. I hope you love this one, Emma! It’s such a beautiful novel.

  8. YAY! I loved this one so much more as well, Mel! While the romance was so central and I suppose it was cute in the first book, I LOVED that it took the back bench in this one. A very nice breath of fresh air! Lovely review, m’dear! x
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  9. Lola says:

    I find it interesting to hear how much the first and second book differ, and some people don’t seem the enjoy the sequel and others do. So Ia m glad to hear you enjoyed this book as well! I recently bought the first book in this series and can’t wait to read it, this series sounds so good and I heard lots of great things about it! And ofcourse the covers are really pretty! Great review Mel!
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  10. Maddy E says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about These Broken Stars and the cover is magic, so I guess that one goes on this week’s bookstore list, if only so I can own both of these preeeeeetty books.

  11. Is there an emoticon for crying if you’re not commenting on your phone? I’d like one right now please. AUS giveaway 🙁 You better make good on your word about that int baby, Mel. You PROMISED. Also, I was SO. Dissppointed. That Lilac and Tarver wouldn’t be in this instalment. I WANT TO READ ABOUT THEM! But I am pretty excited for this one as well. Great review (as always, lalala) Mel 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      My emoticon for crying is this: ;__; xD I’m sorry, Madiha! I TOTALLY SWEAR THERE’S AN INTL GIVEAWAY COMING UP IN FEBRUARY. I PROMIIIIIISE. 😀 Yeah, I was pretty bummed that it wasn’t about Tarver and Lilac but hey, there’s a cameo of them in this one!!

  12. WOO HOO!!!! So glad you loved this one too Melanie! I agree, I wouldn’t mind if these two just sat in my house and were my own personal writers. I don’t think they’d be amused by that though 😉

    As much as I wasn’t ready to leave Lilac and Tarver in book one, I loved the companion novel aspect and the fact that we got to see how the problems L&T discovered were compounded for Lee and Flynn. Can’t wait for book 3 now!
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  13. Hope to read this soon! 😀 Great review!
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  14. Naban says:

    Okay, I actually didn’t like the first book all that much and part of it had to do with all the romance and stuff. BUT I am so glad to hear that this book is much different. Heck, I am now officially excited to read this book because I really want to see what the darker elements bring about. The romance sounds like it has gone through a lot of change too.

    Great review, Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks Naban! If you didn’t like the first book because the romance dominated, I still recommend giving this one a go because it takes the back seat here

  15. Melliane says:

    I’m not a real big sci-fi fan but I confess that I’m curious about this series. I keep hearing amazing things about it and I really want to try it now! I’m glad to see you had a good time.
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  16. I just heard both of these books and I really liked them!
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  17. I adore this series as we. It is just awesome. I cannot wait for Amie Kaufman’s book with Jay Kristoff that should be epic.
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  18. Great review, Mel! Glad you enjoyed this as much as I did. While I would have liked more romance (no surprise), I’m also happy with how much there is and how it’s portrayed. A nice slow burn and a good friendship/trust built first. The worldbuilding and plot are at a much higher stakes in this book, which I loved. My favorite part has to be the Tarver/Lilac cameos. <3 My OTP. 🙂
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  19. Megan says:

    Originally, I wasn’t too pumped for This Shattered World because it wouldn’t be featuring my dear Lilac and Tarver, but now that I’ve read so many reviews for it, I’m beginning to change my mind! The new protagonists sound fab, and I read from another review (Faye’s, I think) that this book isn’t only sci-fi. It explores humanity and all that kind of deep stuff (sorry, I can’t really remember now xD), which I LOVE.

    Huh, I expected the romance to play a huge role in this book too, like These Broken Stars! I’m kind of relieved, though, since it means the story will be more focused on the plot rather than blooming love or something. And I love that things in this book turn darker as well. As you know, I like dark books. 😀

    I didn’t really notice Amie and Meagan’s prose in the first book, but if I ever do get to this companion novel (which I’m sure I will), I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it, so I can bathe in all its beautiful glory. And YAAAAASSSS for that Tarver + Lilac cameo. YAS. JUST YAS.

    Great review, Mel! And urrghh, that hardback is looking mighty fine.
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, it does do some fabulous exploration of humanity! But it’s still sci-fi regardless, it simply explores more themes here which was fantabulous.

      I can’t wait for you to read this one, Meg! You’ll be very pleased with the cameo, I”m sure xD

  20. I knew there was a reason I should have been in AUS. 🙂 This sounds like such a good book. I still want to dive into the first book and I’m glad to know that this isn’t a continuation. That might have thrown me not knowing. Yep, this one is on my wishlist.
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  21. I absolutely loved this book too, Mel. I love the romance took a backseat and that the authors focused on the war. It was achingly beautiful. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it as much as I did!
    Lovely review, Mel!
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  22. Ah to have favorite authors at our disposable to write stories for us! That is quite an endorsement. I do have the series on my wishlist and love the sound of this companion novel
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  23. Stephanie B says:

    I really need to sit down and read These Broken Stars. There are just SO MANY books to read!
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  24. Lexa Cain says:

    This one sounds exciting and fun. (I’m a plot girl, myself!) Thanks for the review! 🙂
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  25. I read These Broken Stars in the last few days of last year and it was so amazing! It has become one of my favourite books ever and I’m so glad it’s half written by an Aussie. Of course as soon as I finished it I wanted to go out and buy This Shattered World, but I’m currently on a book buying ban. But if I win it that’s okay! Thanks so much for the chance. And great review. I’m super excited to hear Tarver and Lilac have a Cameo in it 🙂
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  26. I quite liked this one but I have to admit…I loved TBS more. XD I think it was the humour?! I just love laughing so much. But Jubilee was AWESOME. And I love how there was a lot of diversity in it as well as being an epic/sci-fi YAAAAY!
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  27. Man I loved this book so much, almost as much as the first one. I don’t know which one was better. I just loved all the world building and everything.
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  28. Glad you liked it!! And the kidnapping an author to make them write books for me idea sounds pretty good…
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  29. Kelly says:

    So glad you enjoyed it Mel, I loved this one, even more than These Broken Stars actually. There was only one missing component for me, the snark and banter between the characters, but they more than made up for it in intensity. Considering that it’s a typical YA dystopian at the bones of it, different sides, a pending war, desolate landscape, intense romance, but when you’ve got a brilliant author (or in this case two), it really makes all the difference doesn’t it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for book three.

    Phenomenal review Mel, you’re making me want to reread already <3
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  30. Honestly, I very much love the covers of these books, but the story did not appeal to me. Have I told you this already? I have a feeling of déjà vu. HEY! But if this is truly just a companion novel and darker, I might enjoy it!!! Oh…thank you for this review, Mel <3
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  31. Nara says:

    I definitely agree- romance took a bit of a back seat in This Shattered World compared to TBS (although it was still a relatively big aspect of the plot). I think that’s one of the reasons I liked TSW better- it had more of a focus on the world building, and other things that I thought TBS was missing. So excited for the third book 😀
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  32. I actually own this book, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m glad it’s so good your contemplating kidnapping. I like that it isn’t only a love story, though forbidden romance is always a draw for me.
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  33. Valerie says:

    Yes I am glad that you LOVED THE BOOK MEL. I personally loved it more than TBS just because I had less questions, BUT MAN I cannot wait for the next companion book. I really cannot wait to see how this all ends 🙂
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  34. Breanne says:

    Thanks for holding this giveaway! My sister gave These Broken Stars to me as a birthday gift last year.. and I am ashamed to say I haven’t read it yet. I’m planning to read it early 2015 though 🙂 I’m so glad that you loved them!

  35. Laura Shaheen says:

    You know, I have really mixed feelings on These Broken Stars–I liked it–but it was completely not what I was expecting. I’d like to give this one a shot though, so thanks for holding the giveaway!

  36. Melissa Tosh says:

    I loved the first book and I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on the second book. Thank you for the giveaway. good luck everyone!

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