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review 2016-11-18 01:04
I really like this series!
This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Mini Review:

 

This is the second book in the Starbound Series, the first which I read many years ago. It is linked to the first book in that it basically continues the story line of the mysterious Whispers and Leroux industries shady dealings with them. Lilac and Tarver from the first book also make and appearance and play a big role in the action. By the end of this book, more and more people in the galaxy are becoming aware of Lilac's father and the true nature of his organization and his ambitions, and the stakes with the Whispers are becoming higher. 

 

I don't want to give away spoilers....so I'll leave it at that, but both books follow a similar theme. They both have a Romeo and Juliet type romance. Two people from different walks of life, that are opposed to each other in some way...being forced together and having to work together despite all odds. This second book fits this theme, more than the first. Flynn and Jubilee are as opposite as they can be. Flynn the leader of a rebel group on the planet Avon, and Jubilee a soldier of the occupying force sent to the planet to keep the locals calm and fight the rebels. They hate each other just on principle. The night they meet Flynn goes to a local bar on the Base in order to find information on a mysterious complex he came across on the planet. One his people know nothing about, and he suspect the army might. He suspects it has something to do with the climate instability and other issues his planet has faced over the years that is preventing them from being added to the galactic counsel and into the developed world. That final step finally allowing his plant to get all the resources and support they need to survive. He happens upon Jubilee, an infamous Captain known and feared by all Rebels, and ends up kidnapping her for information....and it all goes downhill for the both of them from there.

 

But this was a good look at how conflict and war continues. Two groups get entrenched in fighting each other, and so set in their view of each other, that anyone who is up to no good...could use their hatred and distrust for each other to manipulate them however they want. Divide and conquer. Let the people spend all their time fighting each other, that they don’t see the real enemy. The mutual enemy. Flynn and Jubilee see who the enemy is, and they spend the rest of the book trying to convince everyone else to lay down their weapons and see it too.

 

This is a great SciFi series. Not heavy sci fi light enough for anyone to read, but still full of actions and tension...and of course and nice love story in the middle.

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review 2016-08-12 15:59
This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Okay, I see where this is going now and I’m not really looking forward to it.

I read These Broken Stars around a year ago and I really enjoyed it at the time. Space traveling survival love story? Why not! Needless to say, I wasn’t really excited for the next two books—This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light—and I guess that’s evident because I pushed reading this book so far back.

The beginning of this story was decent enough, but by the time I reached the middle I was just getting plain exhausted. What were the authors trying to pull off here? I still don’t know. Although it was nice to see Lilac and Tarver again from These Broken Stars, I just wasn’t really feeling them as the same people. I’m not sure why.

Following along the characters of Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac was pretty interesting (you just have to look beyond the fact that technically, teenagers are doing all the world—sorry, I mean galaxy saving), and I’m glad their romance wasn’t pushed so much to the front.

I’m not really looking forward to the next book, Their Fractured Light, but since I figured I might as well read it to see what really happens, it probably won’t be so bad.

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review 2016-05-25 14:00
Thoughts: This Shattered World
This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Book 2 of Starbound

 

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.



I’m not entirely certain whether I liked This Shattered World more or less than the first book in this Starbound trilogy. And maybe that’s not what I should be concerned about. But the comparisons are there, nonetheless. Because much like These Broken Stars, this second installment of the Starbound trilogy starts off kind of slow and shaky, and took a good long while before I could get into it.

It’s disconcerting, especially since I had thought that I would end up enjoying This Shattered World more than These Broken Stars. The beginning of This Shattered World was actually quite exciting with a lot of potential for forward progress and conflict reveal. Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac are more the case of star-crossed lovers than Tarver and Lilac had been, but there was so much more depth in their opposing sides. With Tarver and Lilac, it was a class difference as well as a lot of pre-judgments on each side.

With Jubilee and Flynn, however, it’s years and years of war, fighting, tragedy, and death between two groups of people. It’s something that’s hard to fight pre-existing opinions and reflex actions against.

And also, I found that I liked the whole first fight scene between Jubilee and Flynn, wherein a hot pink cocktail sword pick gets stabbed into someone’s thigh. Now if THAT hadn’t been a sign of fun times between our destined couple to come, I don’t know what would be.

Except, after that initial excitement, the story seemed to mellow out for a duration… like say, up until the midpoint of the book. Again, like These Broken Stars, a lot of things happen. But at the same time, the action felt dragged out to non-action and I found myself wondering where this book was trying to head. The consistent back and forth of military against rebels was kind of overdone, to be honest. It’s expected in books like this, but it was also dragged on for too long.

I wanted Jubilee and Flynn to start working together soon. But soon just didn’t seem to get here soon enough.

The book picks up towards the middle of the book. And as predictable as the plot seemed to be, it was still enjoyable for the latter half, able to keep my attention (finally)... before moving into some strange left-field conclusion that kind of made sense, but kind of didn’t. I don’t even know what I’m talking about anymore.


Anyway…

This Shattered World was enjoyable. To be honest, it’s more enjoyable after a duration, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It was nice to see Tarver again, even if he didn’t comprise much of the action. And for those reading this series after it is already completely published, it looks like we get a slight, hinted at introduction for the next two players for the concluding installment of the Starbound trilogy. I’m quite intrigued, even if I’m not a hundred percent going to jump on that last book.

After all, there’s an ongoing conflict that reeks of Big Corporation Conspiracies (because it IS a big corporation conspiracy), and I’d like to see how it plays out. I just also have a feeling I know exactly how it’s going to play out.


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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/thoughts-this-shattered-world.html
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review 2016-05-02 23:26
Jubilee & Flynn...
This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

In the second book in the Starbound trilogy, This Shattered World, we get to meet a new set of "star-crossed lovers," Captain Jubilee Chase and rebel, Flynn Cormac. They live on a planet called Avon which has been in the process of being terraformed. However, the rebels suspect that someone is delaying the terraforming process an purposely causing the citizens to suffer from a disease called Fury but they aren't sure exactly how or why. Flynn reaches out to Jubilee in hopes that she will hear what he has to say and help him figure out what's going on so they can save Avon and its people.

 

Going into this book, I was a little disappointed that Tarver and Lilac weren't the stars of the show but after I got to know Jubilee and Flynn, I fell in love with them and their story too. Plus Tarver and Lilac do make a small appearance in this story so that was a nice surprise. The first and second book have both been fantastic though and I'm really looking forward to reading book three. I already know that I'm going to have a huge book hangover when this series ends. It's a definite must read if you like soft sci-fi and space operas.

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text 2016-05-01 12:19
Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 400 pages.
This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Going into this book I was disappointed that Tarver and Lilac weren't starring in the show but I like Jubilee Chase & Flynn Cormac too. Plus Tarver & Lilac just made a small appearance so that was good I got a little taste of Tarver anyways. : )  

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