We are celebrating the release of Their Fractured Light by looking back at the Starbound Series.  Today’s review is of This Shattered World.  Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are back with the second installment of Starbound series, This Shattered World.  They have some old tricks up their sleeves, as we saw in the first installment, These Broken Stars, as well as continue to expand and explore the Starbound universe, it’s mysteries and intergalactic corporate bad guys.

From the book flap:

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.

  • Cover Art:  Once again, a gorgeous, dreamy and starry cover to accompany a book that is steeped in these very elements.  There is a level of longing conveyed that seems limitless–that galaxies will be crossed so these two can be together.  This cover promises romance and intrigue.
  • Overall:  Even though this book takes place on an entirely different planet, I felt the echo  of some of the plot devices from the first Starbound novel: 2 star-crossed lovers, opposites, traveling alone, without much in common, plus a little intergalactic political conspiracy.  However, Kauffman and Spooner really kick it into high gear about 70% of the way into this novel and the ending leaves you balanced on a razor’s edge.
  • Prose Style:  As with the first novel in this series, this one is also written in alternating viewpoints between Jubilee and Flynn.  This time, though, there are creepy space voices that act as interludes and introduce the ‘mystery’ we must uncover in this novel.  Even though they recycled these plot devices, you get perspectives and motivations and reactions that are unexpected with this motley duo, and I ended up cheering them on as the story continued to unfold the mysteries of the Starbound universe.
  • Kick-Ass Factor:  Just as she wears a badass leather pantsuit on the cover, Jubilee Chase is a badass woman–she’s the captain of her squad and generally plotting and planning around the danger that surrounds her.  I’m a big fan of hers.  Flynn, not so much.
  • Open tab/Last call:  With evil still lurking as a compelling enigma, I’ll order up a Root of All Evil and leave my tab open for the final installment, which, coincidentally,  was released just last week.  Get Their Fractured Light here.

~Carmen

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