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.Hardcover, 390 pages
Four stars: A solid second installment that introduces to two amazing characters.
Jubilee Chase is a trained soldier through and through. She is deadly quick and she has a reputation as the fiercest soldier on Avon. Imagine Jubilee's surprise when she abducted from the local bar right in front of her team members by a rebel. Flynn Cormac wants to gain information from Jubilee that will help him to save his people and his planet. When he abducts Jubilee he has no idea that his act will change everything. Can two people from opposing sides find a way to work together to prevent war and save a planet?
What I Liked:
- I loved These Broken Stars last year and I was excited to reemerge into this outstanding world. While This Shattered World is a different story with two new main characters. I enjoyed getting to know Jubilee and Chase and watching them learn to trust one another. This was a solid sequel, and I can't get enough of this series.
- Jubilee and Chase were outstanding. Jubilee is girl who lost everything during an uprising on her home planet. Since then she, has turned off her emotions and become a model soldier. One who is determined to protect those she serves with from the rebels on Avon. Chase is the leader of the rebellion on Avon. He wants the soldiers to help his people, and for the war to end, and for the rest of the universe to hear the voices of Avon. I loved watching the two develop a shaky friendship that steadily moves into trust, and then it has just the hint of something more. Watching them learn to put aside their differences for a common good was so rewarding.
- The romance was perfect. It is slow, subtle and it never becomes the focus of the story. In fact, it by the end, it is still just gaining purchase on solid ground. I loved how realistic it was and that both characters took the time to examine and explore their feelings. There isn't any insta love or love triangles. It is a relationship born when two people from opposite worlds are thrust together and forced to become a team. I thought the romance was outstanding.
- I was thrilled when Tarver Merendsen makes an appearance in the second half of the book. Tarver was one of the main characters from the first book. I was excited to see how he fit in the story, and to catch up with him and Lilac.
- Once again, this book has some exciting twists and surprises. I loved the unexpected developments regarding the whispers and the planet. This is a sci fi series that is entertaining, exciting and original. I highly recommend this series.
- The world building is solid. The majority of the story takes place on a planet that is struggling to survive. Avon is broken, and the people are desperate to save their home. It is a world without stars and clear skies and turmoil. I had no problems immersing into this world, and I once again appreciated the strong world building.
- This is the second book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone since it is a companion novel. However, it is beneficial to read the first book so you can get the full picture, and why would you not, These Broken Stars is amazing. I appreciated that I got a complete story that refrained from cliffhangers and unresolved issues.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled with the snippets before each chapter. They were hard to follow and I didn't understand them until I was further into the story. I thought the were confusing, and I didn't see their value until the latter part of the story. I want to go back and review them now that I have the full picture to gain more clarity. I wish that these inserts were incorporated better into the story.
- It may have been me, but I thought the pacing of this one early on was a bit slow. I struggled to find my footing into the story, and as I mentioned the strange interjections at the beginning of each chapter caused me some confusion. However, once I hit the midway point and Tarver comes into the picture, things clicked in place and I loved it. This one requires a bit of patience.
- The one niggling thing for me was Sophia. I wanted to follow her and see how she fares. I hope that perhaps her story will be featured in book three?
This Shattered World is another outstanding addition to The Broken Stars Trilogy. I love this imaginative, original and thrilling sci fi series. The world building is outstanding, the characters terrific and the story lines inventive and different. If you are looking to immerse yourself in something creative and exciting, I highly recommend this series. I am a big fan and eagerly anticipating the third book in 2015.
"Some of us realize that just because it's easier to pick up a gun and shoot than it is to talk doesn't make it right."
"He could tell me he loves me, but he doesn't now me the way a lover would; he knows the shape of me, though, the curve of my heart, as I know his. He could tell me he doesn't want to lose me, but we're both already lost, and only the tether between us keeps us from drifting out into the black."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.