Publication Date: December 23rd 2014
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.
Kaufman and Spooner completely knocked it out the park with This Shattered World. I honestly didn’t think I could like the second better than These Broken Stars, and I didn’t but It doesn’t mean I loved it any less. The world Kaufman and Spooner set up in TBS was just expanded and perfected, and something that didn’t completely make sense to me was explained in a lot more detail and tied everything together perfectly. I’m extremely curious to see how the two will carry this on into the next book.
Jubilee was a hard character to like for a lot of the book. She was stubborn and frustrating, and it was hard to empathize with her at all as she seemed really cold a lot of the time. However! She definitely grew on me, and I saw her strengths more clearly as the story went on. I loved that she wasn’t the stone faced war machine that she was touted to be and she really proved me wrong by becoming a character I truly felt for. Flynn was my favourite though. His dedication to his country and his people, his peacefulness and his quiet humour had me rooting for him right from the beginning.
The plot was just perfect. While I don’t feel like I loved the setting as much as TBS, as they were way more stationary and we only saw the same place over and over again, I appreciated how mysterious and downtrodden Avon was and it created the perfect setting for a rebellion.
The star crossed lovers trope is one that I will never get tired of, and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have absolutely nailed it once again. My need for The Fractured Light is SO much stronger now that i’ve read This Shattered World and I can’t wait for December! Also, these covers are some of my absolute favourites in YA!