I’m mildly in love with this book’s cover.
This Shattered World is book 2 in the Starbound trilogy (co-authored by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman) and you know how much I raved about the first one. Didn’t I have a mental breakdown from the awesome!?*
This Shattered World was amazing! Although, to be honest (you know me, I always am) I liked These Broken Stars better.
* Sounds like me.
It’s okay! I won’t spend the whole post comparing them. (Just this teeny tiny paragraph, okay?)
I think TBS put up an extremely high bar to surpass. And impressing me like TBS did (with that Lilac plot twist?! Oh gosh!) is next to impossible. This Shattered World had a strong military vibe and it dug more into conspiracy theories and politics. All very interesting and wonderful…but you know what it didn’t have a lot of? Humour. TBS was hilarious. I laughed my brains out with Tarver and Lilac’s sharp acidy comments. But while Jubilee is like serrated iron, Flynn is just nice. He is just oh-so-nice it’s adorable. That’s fine! I loved them. But I missed the laugh-out-loud moments.
There’s so much diversity! I’m so happy!
I’m always impressed when fantastical books are diverse. Jubilee is half Chinese. Flynn is Irish. Of course, with the will o’ wisps flitting about and Flynn in all his Irish wonder…I couldn’t help but think…
Remember the darstadly whispers from the first book that were sending everyone nuts? WELL. Here they are again! They’re explained a bit further. And there’s also a madness called the “Fury” which confused me no end because I was thinking of Nick Fury from Avengers and….well….let’s just say, a lot of things in this book lead me off to think of other fandoms.
(Fury sickness = Nick Fury Avengers)
(Wisps = Merida from Brave with Will o’ Wisps)
(Irish people = Merida again)
(Flynn = Flynn Rider from Tangled)
(Fury = MY NEW BLOG NAME!!)
I…I have a problem. Just ignore me if you like.
I was freakishly excited about this! OH TARVER, MY OLD FRIEND. He used to serve with Jubilee in the military (although Tarver is retired now). When we meet him, though, he and Lilac are like a comfortable old married couple. I had a little tiny problem with this because….Lilac is like 16. Possibly 17. That’s very young for them to be acting so old. Which leads me to….
Everyone acted a lot older than teenagers.
I totally appreciate all the kick-butt attitudes and the awesome action and danger and excitement! BUT. It just didn’t feel so YA. Everyone was neck deep in the army and had been since they were 16. There wasn’t a shred of childhood around at all. I don’t have a problem with that, per se, but I did feel like I was reading about 30 year olds not 18 year olds.
Jubilee and Flynn had an fabulous relationship.
While Tarver and Lilac had a I-hate-you-but-I-kinda-love-you-but-we-need-each-other-to-survive…Jubilee and Flynn were more like “WE HATE EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE ARE ENEMIES. HUZZAH.” Guns fire. All that glory. (By the way, why is this not a movie? I needs to be a movie, like, now.) Jubilee and Flynn accepted each other a lot faster than Tarver/Lilac did. They didn’t have half the snappy banter. “Apparently” Jubilee was supposed to be really tough and heartless and cold…but that didn’t really come through. She and Flynn just sort of smushed together to work on not murdering each other/armies/anyone after 100 or so pages. (Not insta-love, though. Don’t panic.) I ship the wee lambs, though, I do.
I like this book and I honestly want to reread it right NOW.
It was so rich in detail and so heavy with conspiracy and broken lives. I loved the characters (although I didn’t connect to Flynn too well…Jubilee, though, was kick-butt and fabulous) and I was engrossed with the ending. There are some serious twists that will left me gasping. It didn’t let me down, but it just didn’t live quite up to the fabulous amazingness that was it’s older sibling.
Thank you Allen & Unwin AUS for the review-copy! This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is published in December, 2014.
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.
Cait is still stroking her shiny new blog. She quite enjoys all the freedom she has behind the scenes. But instead of blogging or reading (like usual) she spends 89% of her time being bitten by her adorable new puppy. Ah but she loves him. (Post coming!) Currently she’s reading The Golden Compass.