Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

From Goodreads: 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.

My Rating: 4.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: After unexpectedly falling in love with Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s These Broken Stars last year, I had high hopes for its companion novel, This Shattered World. Fortunately, This Shattered World lived up to my expectations. In fact, I actually liked it even more than These Broken Stars!

A huge reason why would be because of the characterization of Jubilee and Flynn as individuals. While it took me some time to like Tarver in These Broken Stars, I liked both Jubilee and Flynn right from the start because Jubilee was this tough soldier with a surprising amount of vulnerability whereas Flynn was a charming rebel who wanted to create change through peaceful means (unlike his fellow rebels).

Though they’re on opposite sides of a war, Jubilee and Flynn learn to trust each other over time, and become allies. There was so much chemistry between them, and I loved the romance because it was slow and believable (although the attraction was there from the beginning). Authors, this is how you write a romance!

In terms of the plot, we get to see LaRoux Industries’ effects on another planet, which eventually causes Lilac and Tarver to be dragged into the conflict on Avon. So, we get to see what they’re up to as well :) 

A fantastic companion novel, This Shattered World will be released on December 23, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion. I can’t wait to travel to Corinth in the next book and see Roderick LaRoux get what he deserves! 

Comments About the Cover: It's similar to the cover of These Broken Stars, but I like that one better. 

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Disney Book Group) for free via NetGalley.


  1. *immediately puts book on wish list* Yay! I'm so glad this was an enjoyable read, I loved These Broken Stars and was worried that maybe this one wouldn't live up to that. Jubilee and Flynn sound great, I'm happy that they are characters you can like from the start. I also like the other cover better, although they are both nice.

  2. YAY!!! I'm so glad to see this got such a high rating from you Z! I'm starting it this week and can't wait, especially for the romance between Lee and Flynn. It sounds perfect:)

  3. YAY! I'm thrilled you liked this one, Z. I didn't think I would like "These Broken Stars" but it really surprised me in a good way. Looking forward to reading this one during break.

  4. I'm so happy you liked this one even more! Hm, I'm not sure I would though. I really liked Tarver, so I'm not sure if Jubilee and Flynn would be my kind of characters. I'm curious though. I'll be keeping an eye out for your review of the third.

  5. !!! So excited that you actually liked this one more than the first because I loved the first one! Ohh, I do hope I can get to this one soon. The romance sounds pretty perfect!


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