YA Review of This Shattered World

Book Review, Young Adult Books

Don’t you love that cover?  It’s a gorgeous work of art is what it is.  I could look at it all day and not get my fill of it.

About the Book:

Title: This Shattered World
Authors:
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Age Range:
12 – 18 years
Grade Level: 7 – 12
Series: Starbound
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (December 23, 2014)
Genre: Science fiction
Source: From publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the 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 against the military occupying his home, 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 base together, caught between two sides in 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.

My Thoughts:

This book was incredible.  I loved every minute of it.  It was a lot different than These Broken Stars, but that was okay with me.  The characters felt more realistic and their motives were clear.  I loved the progress that their relationship took, from enemies to shaky allies, to friends, to something more. The setting was on the planet of Avon, a world torn apart by a long war between the government and the rebels. We got more information about the “whispers” from the first book and a few more questions answered about LaRoux Industries.  Lilac and Tarver even make a short appearance in the book. 

I still had a lot of questions at the end, but not so many that I got frustrated.  I really liked Flynn and Jubilee’s story, the answers they found, and the problems they solved.  This story is more war focused that its predecessor, so it’s more violent.  It doesn’t have any sex, but there are a few kissing scenes, and there is some language. 

If you like science fiction, survival stories, and save the world plots, you will like this book.  I would suggest starting with the first book.  Even though this is a complete story, it builds off the first one.

Content: Violence and some language (including one f-word)

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 STARS

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1 Comment

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    Tressa S
    January 6, 2015 at 6:04 am

    So you did end up loving this one. Yay! The first book had that scene, so I'm glad this one doesn't. It also sounds like this one makes more sense, which is a plus for me. I'll definitely be reading it.

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