Series: Starbound #2
Published by Allen & Unwin on December 1, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, I ship you. I ship you HARD.
I can’t wait for you all to meet Jubilee. She’s a famed soldier and totally bad ass, being able to disarm a group of trained men in a few seconds. She’s the Captain of the most highly trained group in Avon, because she’ll do anything for the lives of her men. She is one of the strongest female characters I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, and Flynn made a great match for her.
I shouldn’t miss him, but I do; this boy who had every right to pull that trigger, and instead threw himself between me and death. This boy, the one who believes I’m not what they say I am, what I believed I was: a soldier without a soul, a girl with no heart to break. He’s the only one who’s proved me wrong.
While Flynn is not your typical macho rebel or super strong guy, he’s shrewd, honourable, passionate, and resilient. Like Jubilee, he’s really caring about his people and would do anything to protect them, and he serves as her voice of reason, but also warms her heart. These two just fit to each other like a glove, even though they are homeworlds apart, their values and beliefs are the same.
With one as a Captain of the trodairi military and another as a homeland rebel, the stakes are high as they learn that they trust each other even through potential betrayals and deaths. They connect by learning that they are fighting for the same thing: peace and equality on Avon and the love of their home and people, without blindly slaughtering each other for the sake of war.
I can’t stop to think about what I’m doing, because it betrays every oath I’ve ever taken, every order I’ve ever received. It betrays everything I believe in. It’s a violation deep enough to make my soul, whatever shreds of it are left, ache. I’m helping a rebel. A criminal.
This “star-crossed lovers” romance isn’t new, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and the Legend trilogy, but the two shone on the strength of their characters and what they would do for Avon. I loved the sci-fi twist in this series, and reading about the hostile, muddy conditions on Avon and the soldiers being subject to a mysterious Fury that will turn them into slaughterers was interesting.
I was pleased to find This Shattered World linking the events of Avon with Tarver and Lilac’s storyline from These Broken Stars. The two will make a cameo and have a fairly big part to play in the book, and it was great seeing them being happy together. I loved how this book brings even more character development to previous and new characters as well.
With the high stakes between Jubilee and Flynn’s exchanges, the tensions heightening between the soldiers and the rebels, and the mysterious Fury affliction, This Shattered World presents a tension filled planetary read with excellent romantic development. I loved the action, the mystery, the world building for Avon and the tension between two groups at the brink of a war and can’t wait to discover what the Corinth has in store for us.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you to Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Giveaway – Australians only
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