This Shattered World: A Starbound Novel
The first thing you’ll notice about THIS SHATTERED WORLD, of course, is the cover. Like its companion THESE BROKEN STARS, the image is breathtaking, dazzling in its colors and its striking, in- your-face, title. Both covers are truly unforgettable, just like this story.
I’m struggling to write a review that isn’t just 500-plus synonyms for “perfect.” Because it really is perfect, from the vast and detailed world authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner created to the extremely real and nuanced characters that you will undoubtedly fall in love with. Amie and Meagan are dynamic together, working in tandem to give us the best possible story readers could have hoped for --- one full of adventure, romance, struggle and a level of foreboding that just doesn’t seem believable in some series; the threats are often so massive that we shrug them off. But the conflict in THIS SHATTERED WORLD is layered and it gave me chills.
I’m struggling to write a review that isn’t just 500-plus synonyms for “perfect.” Because it really is perfect, from the vast and detailed world authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner created to the extremely real and nuanced characters that you will undoubtedly fall in love with.
For those not familiar with the books, THESE BROKEN STARS and THIS SHATTERED WORLD take place in space, on planets that have been terra-formed and inhabited by the vestiges of human civilization. THIS SHATTERED WORLD is a companion to THESE BROKEN STARS --- it takes place in the same world and has the same background story, but features different protagonists. At first, I was very weary about having to fall in love with new people all over again, especially after the authors made it impossible not to fall in love with the last two protagonists, but I shouldn’t have worried. In THIS SHATTERED WORLD we meet Captain Jubilee Chase and rebel Flynn Cormac, both on opposite sides of what seems to be a never-ending war in a bid for the planet that they live on, Avon. The two become bound together after discovering that there is more to the war than they both initially thought and the story unravels, as tense and compelling as you can imagine.
I love how different these characters are not only from each other but also from the previous set of protagonists we met in THESE BROKEN STARS. Amie and Meagan each handle a character, molding this fictional person around a story and working together to weave the narratives into one. They did this with Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux in the first book and they’ve done it again. The voices manage to be so different and yet the stories are seamless --- it works so well.
SPOILER ALERT: What made this book extra special for me was that even though it’s a companion, there were callbacks to the first book (including a surprise cameo by a few of our favorites from THESE BROKEN STARS). Some companions and sequels try to do too much in the second book, sometimes treating it like it’s entirely separate. This book didn’t do that. It managed to introduce us to new characters, make us care for them and be curious about their stories while also including ties back to the original characters and story we left behind.
After finishing, I felt content about the way the story ended but also desperately eager for more. There’s apparently a TV show based on the trilogy in the works. I could not be more excited, and after you read this magnificent series, you should be too.
Reviewed by Brianna Robinson on January 8, 2015