Series: Starbound, #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 19th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA
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!~
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