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Series: Starbound #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 23, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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 LOVED the first book in this series, These Broken Stars. It was full of heart stopping action and swoon worthy romance. While the second book, This Shattered World, was full of action. For me, the romance part fell a little flat. I just didn’t connect with Jubilee and Flynn. I felt that it was realistic to have the two characters that are caught up in a revolution and conspiracies not to be declaring undying love after only a week. I also didn’t really care if they hooked up or not. I felt the story moved a little slower and it was just an okay read. I liked it well enough. I am giving this book three stars and a shrug.
This Shattered World is about two new characters in the These Broken Stars universe. It focuses on Jubilee a solider on the planet Avon. She is a tough as nails soldier on the outside but is broken on the inside. She finds herself kidnapped by Flynn. Flynn is a rebel just trying to do the right thing for his planet. Together they stumble upon a conspiracy that is bigger than just the fight for independence. Tarver and Lilac do make appearances in this book but it is not about them. The book is about doing the right thing even at the cost of one’s own happiness.
I liked the overall story. I just didn’t get swept away by it like the book. Flynn and Jubilee are both broken by tragedy. They are both willing to take things slow because when they fall in love they want it to be real. I liked that it wasn’t some Romeo and Juliet instalove story. I did find myself getting a little bored at times and wishing they would either talk to each other or something. I think the ending was the most exciting part of the book. That is when more answers and questions about The Whispers are revealed. I am excited to read more in this universe because I want to find out what is going to happen as far as the big conspiracy is concerned. I look forward to the next book.