Review: ‘This Shattered World’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘This Shattered World’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThis Shattered World Series: Starbound #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 23rd, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Aliens, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Space, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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.

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If there’s one thing I love about science fiction reads, it has to be the author’s imagination of what our world or what other worlds and planets would look and feel like. This is no exception..We’re on another planet, and I have never felt that much isolation as I have from These Broken Stars.

We have a strong heroine, and one who is a person of colour nonetheless. THANK YOU for showing it on the beautiful covers too. I love when authors combine a strong character and even show her weaknesses and vulnerabilities. No one is perfect, and Jubilee sure isn’t, but she’s likable and unique. Rising in the ranks of the military, she is all precision, as good as any soldier would be. Then there’s Flynn, who isn’t a damsel in distress, but he is a rebel and a leader in his own ways, so the pair strongly matches. Though I didn’t exactly like the instant love they had, I still enjoyed the story and its characters immensely. It’s the same formula, star-crossed lovers who are on opposite ends of the social stratosphere, and they fall in love. Don’t get me wrong though, the romance is just a sub-plot, and the war that brews between the military and the rebels screams so much gut wrenching decisions for both our main characters.

We have the same mystery that is still plaguing the people of Avon. And just like before, we are privy to bits and pieces, we still don’t know what kind of danger everyone is. My questions just keep piling up. LaRoux is behind it or are they? I’m still so confused and I want and need answers. This addition moved the story past These Broken Stars.. I loved seeing more of the other planets and their civilians..

Overall, I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a mystery that will not disappoint! Another great addition to the trilogy and can’t wait to read what happens on Corinth!

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He’s chiseled, with a chin so perfect, it makes me want to hit it.
You know, most people find me charming.
All that effort to find me, and you say you don’t like me?
You’re kind of an asshole, aren’t you? The pretty ones always are.
Do you think you’re better than us?
That’s the difference between you and me, I don’t beg.
Letting yourself get hurt isn’t brave, love. Brave is protecting others from hurt.
You’re not the only one who’s lost someone.
I see we’re all experts here at seeming to be what we’re not.
Trust what you feel, not what you see.
You haven’t changed. Always looking forward, never back.
Some things you can’t live without.
I don’t know how to be anything other than what I am.
How do you find something you can’t see?
You don’t understand the unbearable beauty of being you.





  1. Sophia Rose

    January 11, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    A blend of sci-fi, mystery and romance sounds awesome. I just recently got the first book so I’m now eager to get to this one too.

    • giselle

      January 12, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      It’s such a great series and I’m so glad they’re all stand-a-lones, yet they all connect together. So cool!

  2. Princess Grace (@princessgrace10)

    January 11, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    I really do like this series and am glad that you enjoyed it as well. Jubilee and Flynn definitely are great together. Hope you love all your new books.


    • giselle

      January 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      It was so great! I love Jubilee and Flynn together <3 I love this series too

  3. Cynthia

    January 11, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I actually have never read the first one of the series. Looks good though.

    • giselle

      January 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      I hope you get to it soon. I love this series too

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