REVIEW: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

December 23, 2014 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★★

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REVIEW: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Also in this series: These Broken Stars
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 23rd 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Survival Stories, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Gift
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five-stars

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.

After the way I felt about THESE BROKEN STARS, I was so nervous to read THIS SHATTERED WORLD. I mean, there was NO WAY that book two could live up to book one … right? It was inevitable that book two would be a let down. I had this pretty little book in my possession for months (because I won a giveaway) before I finally FINALLY picked it up. I was so nervous I could vomit. I shouldn’t have been worried. At all.

THIS SHATTERED WORLD takes place on a different planet with a different couple, than THESE BROKEN STARS. But that doesn’t make them any less. While I will tell you that they eventually couple up, I will not tell you when or how it happens. Just that it is organic, and believable. They do not fall in love at first sight. Lee and Flynn really shouldn’t have ever met, but now that they have they could change not only their world, but a good portion of the universe. Circumstances of their own making, and those beyond their control, have thrown them into the middle of a battle they were not even aware of. But they do have allies!

I am pretty sure Spooner and Kaufman are magicians. They create a world so real, so feral, and so gut-wrenching, that you can’t help but get sucked in. It is beautiful and terrible and wonderful and terrifying and so many other adjectives that if I went on I’d never be able to stop. Your heart will just break for these characters and their struggles. And when they finally FINALLY realize they are not alone in this world you nearly sob with relief.

It has been nearly a month since I read this story, and several books later, it is still with me. It sticks not just to your heart, but to your soul. I would say that I will not be nervous for book three, but that would be a big fat lie. But I will certainly not wait so long if I am again lucky enough to get an advanced copy.

AUDIO CLIP (I have not listened to the audio – yet. But I have it!)

five-stars

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the co-author of These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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