This Shattered World

This Shattered World

This Shattered World

by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Series: "Starbound" #2
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Published: December 23, 2014
by Disney Hyperion




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’ll admit I was dubious about reading This Shattered World, mostly because I loved These Broken Stars so much, but I am so happy that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner were able to concoct such a brilliant sequel with This Shattered World.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should have never met. “Lee” is the captain of the army assigned the job of crushing the rebellion on Avon. Flynn is one of the rebels fighting for his freedom.

But when Flynn captures Lee and brings her back to the rebel’s secret base as a prisoner, the rebels are all in favor of executing Lee. But just before they kill her, Flynn makes a decision that may change his life: he frees Lee.

For those of you who are like me and were scared to leave Tarver and Lilac behind, don’t fret. While they’re not the main characters of the story, we do cross paths with them and the two couple’s lives are intertwined wonderfully.

The wonderful thing about This Shattered World is the fabulous world-building. It is so intricate and well thought-out. While Flynn and Jubilee’s story doesn’t take place on the same planet as Lilac and Tarver, it does take place in the same world; and the mystery of the Whisperers and the dubious thoughts towards the LaRoux industry is only elevated in this installment.

Spooner and Kauman’s characterization is absolutely fantastic. Every character in this novel has such realistic and complex personalities and varying motives that make complete sense.

Lee is ready to get revenge against the rebels who killed her parents years ago. Now on the planet Avon, she is the captain of the forces trying to crush down the current rebellion. On the outside, Lee may seem cold-faced and untouchable, but she has a reasonable and kind side to her as well; and her determination and stubbornness really twists her into a character that is so relatable and enjoyable.

Years ago, Flynn’s sister was executed as she lead the rebellion. Now, he’s trying to live up to everything she’s done. Charismatic and charming, Flynn is quite different from Tarver, but he is a pheonominal love interest nonetheless, and amazing character moreso.

Not only are Lee and Flynn pheonominal individually, but they’re spectacular as a couple as well. I wish every author could write romance like this, because, without a doubt, this is a textbook example of how forbidden love should be written. The urgency, the desperation, all of it is absolutely wonderful and you can’t help but root for Lee and Flynn as a couple. The chemistry between them is absolutely amazing and completely genuine and I enjoyed every minute of it.

As a sequel, this absolutely nails what it comes here to do. Every aspect is practically perfect, and I am so anxious to see what the series finale has to offer.


52 thoughts on “This Shattered World

  1. Every review I’ve read for this says that the world-building is phenomenal – can’t belive I’ve had a copy for just over a week and haven’t read it yet! Definitely gotta get to it sooner than later! Thanks for a fab review, Zoe. 🙂

  2. I think I’m among the minority that actually didn’t like These Broken Stars that much. o.o Nevertheless, I’ve heard SO many good things about the characters, world-building and romance. I can’t help but find myself excited to read this. Great review, Zoe! 🙂

    1. Aww…I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy These Broken Stars as much as you hoped you would. It’s never a good feeling to not understand the hype. :disappointed: I hope you do end up giving this a try even if the first book wasn’t your thing. Thank you!


    THIS IS HOW FORBIDDEN ROMANCE SHOULD BE WRITTEN. THIS IS WHAT WE ALL NEED. And that world building was just on point. They really stepped up their game, didn't they? I'm super excited about what they'll have for us in book three. Hopefully a cameo from both couples 😉 Fabulous review, Zoe!!! <3333 x

    1. YES! *high fives* So glad you liked it as much as I did Jess! 😀 And I completely agree – they definitely stepped up their game in both the romance and the world-building. I’m not sure how they’re going to write book three because it really can’t get any better than this! 😉 Thank you!

  4. Oh God, I adored These Broken Stars so much, but when I heard that This Shattered World would not be about Lilac and Tarver I almost gave up on it, because their relationship is one of the main reasons I loved the first book so immensely. The way you put it though, Zoe, I kind of think my entire mindset about this has changed and now I really, really want to read it. Amazing review 😉

    1. I completely understand Maddy – I was the same way. Definitely still give it a try because, even if it’s not the same as TBS, it’s still a great novel nonetheless. I look forward to hearing what you think about it! Thank you!

  5. I am so happy to see you liked the follow up, Zoe! I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this and I am glad it lived up to your expectations. I still haven’t read These Broken Stars so I would have no idea what to expect from this book except for the fact that it has a phenomenal forbidden romance! 😀 I love star crossed romances so that definitely has my attention 😛

    Lovely review, Zoe!! 🙂

    1. Rashika – you NEED to read These Broken Stars – it is absolutely pheonominal. I look forward to seeing what you think!

    1. My thoughts exactly Keertana. These Broken Stars was a bit better, but this one is definitely up there. And I’m really interested in seeing what the third one has to offer, because how can it get any better than this? 😀

  6. I’m glad you loved this one Zoe!! HI FIVE FOR TWIN SCORES. Although I liked it less than TBS…I don’t know, I think I missed the humour? It wasn’t as funny as book one and I’m totally shallow and enjoy humour the most. 😉 STILL. I am so so freakishly excited to see where this all goes in the conclusion. WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR? Also: I NEED BOOK 3’S COVER REVEAL QUITE BADLY.

    1. LOL…I think I need to reread TBS because I don’t remember it having humor. *huddles in corner* And OMG – book three is going to be fabulous. Especially the cover. 😉

  7. Ahh, great review! I’m so glad to hear this one was good. Like you were, I’m really apprehensive to read this one mainly because the first one was brilliant, and I just don’t see how anything could compare to that. But now I’m definitely looking forward to this. 🙂

    1. Thank you Kara! 😀 I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did; it is a fantastic addition to the series. Let me know what you think when you read it, okay? 😀

  8. Awesome review lovely! I agree, I did like the first book a bit more than this one, but I’m not so sure…. I guess it’s because I was so emotional in These Broken Stars, and I wasn’t like that in this one. But I still love them both, and can’t wait to see what the final installment brings.Can’t wait to see what happens on Corinth 😀
    And I definitely agree with you about the romance, even though I was screaming at them to get together, the overall romance was swoon-worthy and definitely worth it!

    1. Thank you Gina! 😀 My thoughts exactly. It seems like the majority think that TBS was better – if only by a hair – but, darn, this one is just so close. And OMG – the third book is going to be absolutely pheonominal. 😀

  9. YES it makes me so happy that you loved this one as well Zoe! I agree Jubilee and Flynn were brilliant characters (although I loved Jubilee more), they were wonderful together. The forbidden love aspect was done well too, even though it’s been done before! I really did enjoy the world building and seeing where Lilac and Tarver are at now. Oh I loved it so much and glad you did too!

    Lovely review Zoe <3

    1. Thank you Jeann! 😀 I think I liked Lee a little bit more too – she felt a bit more complex than Flynn – but they were both pheonominal. I can’t wait to see what the third book has in store!

    1. No – These Broken Stars definitely doesn’t have to be read first; although I’d definitely recommend you do. This book follows completely different characters than the ones in TBS; although, technically, it is in the same universe.

  10. Yeeees this book! I totally ship Flynn and Lee, since like…page one when they met. I absolutely loved their personalities and yes, Kaufman and Spooner did a fantastic job at bringing these characters to life.

    Fantastic review, Zoe <33

  11. I have yet to read These Broken Stars yet!! I saw it in the bookstore months ago, now I regret not picking it up :((( Awesome review, Zoe!!! It’s very convincing! Although I don’t really know who Jubilee and Flynn are, for some reason they seem like really cool characters! And ooh I love complex personalities! Seems like the authors made the characters develop really well. I’m a sucker for awesome character developments 😀

    Thanks for sharing the review! I’m off to buy These Broken Stars now *runs*

    1. Jillian – These Broken Stars and This Shattered World are both absolutely pheonominal. I hope you manage to get a copy of them both as soon as you can because they are well worth the read. Thank you! 😀

  12. I wasn’t originally planning on reading This Shattered World, since I was satisfied with These Broken Stars and it didn’t sound like Tarver and Lilac would be making an appearance, but your review has me piqued! And okay, maybe it’s about time I let go of them and let other characters be the main show, right?

    World building is probably one of the hardest aspects of writing a book, since it’s so easy to either info-dump everything, or to make the world too vague in an effort to prevent an info-dump, so I’m always impressed when the world building in a book stands out in a good way. Gosh, I forgot all about the Whisperers, too. It’s great that they appear in the story and helped to increase the intrigue.

    And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in reading how forbidden love should be written as. 😉 I don’t think I’ve come across a book where forbidden love was portrayed in a form I could fully cheer on for. I’m looking forward to feeling all fluttery and swoony for Jubilee and Flynn now. <3

    Brilliant review, Zoe! I'm so glad that this second book lived up to your expectations. It sounds awesome and I hope I get the chance to read it soon!

    1. That was my fear too Meg; but don’t worry – they make a cameo! 😉

      And yes! The world-building here is as creepy as it is well-written. I look forward to see what you think!

  13. I was also hesitant about this one because I liked the first book so much. But yay, you liked it! 😀 Excellent world-building, characters, and forbidden romance? STAHP I need this book right now, I’m totally convinced.

  14. I’M GLAD THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SEQUEL. To be honest I actually didn’t like These Broken Stars that much, so I’m hoping that This Shattered World is a better fit for me. AND I’M SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT BECAUSE THAT MEANS I WILL PROBABLY TOO! I am convinced. I will start this tomorrow, hopefully.

    1. I AM TOO VAL! 😀 And you didn’t like TBS? *gasps* I hope This Shattered World will be a better fit for you too! Looking forward to seeing what you think!

  15. Wow Zoe, absolutely brilliant review. I couldn’t agree more. I was a little nervous before I started this one, I loved These Broken Stars so much and wondered if I’d be able to like Lee and Flynn as well, but I’m so glad they’d thrown them into a different location and created a more dystopian based science fiction to we didn’t need to compare. Lee was absolutely brilliant. I actually liked her more than Flynn, at times he felt a little to meek. I can’t even begin to imagine book three, I have a feeling we’re all going to be blown away.

    Love love LOVED the review! <3

    1. I loved this in the sense that it was definitely more dystopian than the first, you know? The first book was more strict science-fiction and survival; but this has a different feel to it, which I really liked. 🙂 And I absolutely agree about Lee – she was awesome! And, to be honest, I almost felt that they purposely characterized Flynn to be a bit meek, you know? It seemed as if they were giving his character quirks and depth. Thank you!

  16. I’m definitely glad to see so many people enjoying this one – I’m a bit of a ways into it now and was hoping to power through a bunch more tonight but alas my pregnant belly is making me sleeeepy.

    I have to admit so far I’m not loving it as much as I loved These Broken Stars but we’ll see I’m still only about 100 pages in. Tarver and Liac though – ship yes (and I don’t use that phrase often!)

    1. I’m interested in seeing what you think about this one Tabitha – especially if you didn’t especially love These Broken Stars. 🙂

  17. I genuinely read this review and THEN WENT AND BOUGHT THE SEQUEL. Look what you’ve done, Zoe. You know I didn’t even like the first book and now you’ve made me by this with your evil review full of promised of forbidden love and sturdy ships.

    I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  18. I’ve never read any of Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s books because I usually fall into an Audiobook when it comes to them. I had a strong feeling I would hate These Broke Stars if I read the book so listened and liked it enough. That’s why I was so unsure of this shattered world, I’m kinda sad that it was a standalone huhuhu I’m not ready to let go. 🙁

    1. I completely understand where you’re coming from Chyna. I was hesitant to let These Broken Stars go too; but this is definitely just as good as the first. 🙂

  19. I haven’t read previous novel. Actually, I started reading and gave up on it because I couldn’t get into the story, but my co-blogger Tanja, loves these books.
    Great review!

  20. THANK GOD, I wasn’t looking forward to it at all because I just loved Tarver and Lilac so much. 🙁 That’s what I usually hate though when I see forbidden romance, you see it all the time in YA and most of the time it’s just, and what is forbidden about it again? you’re supposed to have this whole intense thing going on, so glad it does! :).

  21. I’m so glad you liked this one! The synopsis sounds wonderful, yet I hated These Broken Stars. I hope I like this one! I hardly use NG so it’s no surprise I got declined for this one 😛 Looks like I’ll have to wait until the release! I’m excited for this epic forbidden love and great characterization. I know it’s a given, but fantastic review <3333

    1. Thank you Rachel! 😀 I remember reading your review on These Broken Stars, and, while I’m sad you didn’t like it as much as I did, I’m really interested in seeing whether or not you like this one more. (Hopefully you do! :D) Thank you!

  22. Like you, I was very hesitant to try out this book because I loved the previous installment so much. I wanted this one to be perfect, lest my expectations are brought down. I started it a few weeks ago, but stopped for a while and would continue after I read a couple more reviews. Seeing your positive review and love for the main characters and the world-building makes me excited!! I’ll miss Lilac and Tarver, but a cameo is better than nothing~ This series’ world is bigger than two characters, that’s for sure!

  23. I really did enjoy this one, but I liked the first book more. I think the romance didn’t completely work for me, but I’m not completely sure why. I think maybe because they went from hating each other to liking each other rather quickly – but at least it didn’t go into insta-love territory. I also missed the funny banter we got between Lilac and Tarver in TBS, everything felt far too serious in this one. I am very excited to see what happens in book three though. Great review! 🙂

  24. I thought These Broken Stars was pretty awesome as well. Those covers are just so stunning<3 I haven't read this book, but I do look forward to it as well! Here's to hoping, I'm glad you ship it! Lovely review.

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