AUS Giveaway & Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

November 24, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Giveaways, Reviews

AUS Giveaway & Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Published by Allen & Unwin on December 1, 2014
Source: Publisher
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.

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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

The publisher is giving away 3 copies of This Shattered World to lucky readers of Happy Indulgence!

  • Over 13 years to enter
  • Winners will be picked at random and must respond within 48 hours
  • Winner will be announced on the rafflecopter form.
  • Happy Indulgence does not take responsibility for packages sent from the publisher.
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  • Entries close on 1 December 2014 Australian EST.

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42 responses to “AUS Giveaway & Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. Great review. I really did enjoy This Shattered World. but I have to admit to preferring These Broken Stars. I just don't think I was expecting it to be quite so dark and serious. I kind of missed the funny dialogue between the characters, like you got with TBS. The stakes were a lot higher in this, which was interesting but I did miss the fun.

  2. Kat Kennedy

    I so agree. I really, really enjoyed this book! Flynn wasn't typical but I think it was Jubilee that stole the show.

  3. Exquisite review Jeann! I feel the exact same way about this as you did. Lee is such a strong female character, and Flynn really complies with her perfectly. The romance is absolutely spectacular. While I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did TBS (I missed the Titanic-like plot), this is still such an epic installment, and I don't think anyone has a doubt that book three will be pheonominal. 🙂
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  4. karawrites15

    Eeep, thanks for the giveaway! I'm honestly not sure how a book could be as good as These Broken Stars, but man, am I excited for this one! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Jeann; I think the first novel definitely set a high standard!
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  5. Ebony

    Ah, this just sounds awesome, Jeann! I really need to read this sooner rather than later. I'm looking forward to meeting both Jubilee and Flynn, and seeing Tarver and Lilac's cameo. Thanks for a wonderful review. 🙂
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  6. I actually loved This Shattered World as well – definitely better than its predecessor in my opinion.

    Though I couldn't really help finding similarities (I can't wait to see what happens in the finale). Whoops. Fab review, Jeann – so glad you enjoyed the second book! 😀

    Oh, and I envy you Australians greatly. According to Netgalley, US peeps get it December 23… PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Sophia totally approves. 😉
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    • Glad to hear you loved it Sophia! I hear people say they love this one or the previous book better, I loved both of them. Oh wow, you guys have a bit of a wait, but it will be worth it I promise! And perfect for Christmas hehe.

  7. Bec Graham

    I love the sound of these characters! There's nothing better than a new age male who isn't afraid to be compassionate. I think it's why I love Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs so much; in a world where men and women were definitely not equal, they always treated their female counterparts (and betters *coughCharlottecough*) with the utmost respect.

    • I know, after reading so many alpha male bad boys, Beta males are definitely ones that become more attractive to me, the ones that can treat females with utter respect. Great point Bec!

    • I knowww, I definitely think it was more sci-fi and action than straight romance in the first book y'know? CAn't wait for it either!

  8. I was so tempted to start reading this one over the weekend but Endsinger won out since I felt like I could post the review so I can't read your thoughts yet but I spied your rating and I am so excited by it because I absolutely Love loved the first one.

    • If you really loved the first one, this one definitely won't disappoint. Hope you enjoyed Endsinger, I still need to catch up with the 2nd book!

  9. Eugenia

    Great to see that you loved this one too Jeann! Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have done a stellar job with the series so far, and I can't wait to see what happens in the finale. The characters are always so well developed, the alternating POV's are a fantastic device to let us readers get to know them, and the action is always there at just the right moments.
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    • It was really amazing, especially not knowing how they were going to go with completely new characters. I loved how well developed the characters were (especially Jubilee) and the sci-fi part of this new world.

  10. Not often do I see you rate a book five stars Jeann and this one is so deserving. Perfectly put, Lee and Flynn just compliments each other so well, but I liked Lee a little more. She was just to feisty and determined and I think her character development was far greater than Flynn's as well.

    With Tarver and Lilac's guest appearance after reading This Night So Dark, it all started to click in. How are we going to survive until book three? It's going to epic!

    Brilliant review Jeann <3

    • Oh I definitely think Lee got the better development out of the two, she was just such a STRONG strong character you know? I loved her, plus it made me proud that my gamer tag is Jubilee <3 I can't wait until the next book! I loved their cameo.

  11. LilysBookBlog

    Oh i'm so happy to hear that you gave this one five stars and loved it so much. TSW is one of my highly anticipated reads for this year so it's a relief to hear only good things form you Jeann! I'm glad this one focuses more on the science fiction aspect of the book since that was missing form TBS but i'm excited regardless 🙂 Lovely review Jeann!

    • I really did love it so much, it did These Broken Stars justice! I loved the sci-fi aspect a lot, and this one focused on it more than the romance in the first book. Thanks Lily!

    • No problems Pili, always with the spoiler free reviews 🙂 The wait will definitely be worth it, because Jubilee and Flynn are awesome!

  12. ChiefHomeExec

    I was completely hooked in These Broken Stars, it was a unique idea and the writing had me spellbound and in love with the characters… so I WANT MORE! Dying to read This Shattered World! xo

  13. Annalise

    I'm fascinated to read this, a friend of mine said that These Broken Stars is a futuristic Titanic. I can not tell you how much this excited me!

    • Definitely futuristic Titanic, although the Titanic part doesn't last for long. I hope you love it, because I know I did!