This Shattered World
Summary: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.