Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Length: 390 pages
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Source: received for review (thanks so much, Allen and Unwin!)
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.
It’s always hard reviewing a book when it first comes out.
Usually, when I review books, I hop over to Goodreads and have a look at what other people think. That’s really helpful in constructing my own thoughts about the book. But for This Shattered World, I’m privileged to be one of the first readers – and that means there aren’t many reviews out yet.
And none of them seem to think the same things as me.
I’m trying, John, I’m trying.
I didn’t like it as much as These Broken Stars.
The main reason? There wasn’t the survival aspect that I loved in the first book.
That was my absolute FAVOURITE part of These Broken Stars. It might not have been yours, in which case you’ll probably love This Shattered World. But that’s what I loved about it – I loved how Lilac and Tarver learnt to tolerate each other, and work together. I loved that they were seemingly alone in an unknown world, and had to navigate it.
That wasn’t there in This Shattered World.
I also didn’t feel as connected to the plot or the characters.
And again, that’s not the book’s fault. I found the plot a bit dense, and I didn’t know what was going on some of the time (I think half the problem was that I was reading this while finishing NaNoWriMo…not the best combination).
I didn’t feel a connection with either Jubilee or Flynn, and the excerpts at the beginning of each chapter didn’t flow to me. BUT THAT’S JUST ME.
I did like how both stories wove together.
We got to see glimpses of Tarver and Lilac (well, more Tarver than Lilac) which was great. It wasn’t too much, and not too little – just enough to tie the stories together.
There was a lot of Irish stuff going on. I love how there was that connection to Earth. It really made things more relatable.
And I have to admit I did love the ending.
The ending was where I really paid attention and took notice, because things were happening that I cared about, and I wanted to know what would happen. Unfortunately, though, the beginning and middle dragged too much for it to be completely redeemable.
Rating: 3/5 Wonderkitties