This review is spoiler-free! Spoilers for the previous book may exist, so be careful.
In addition, I did a review of the first book, These Broken Stars, which is also spoiler-free.
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #2
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Release Date: December 23rd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion (whoop, also my birthday)
Format: Hardcover, 390 pages
Find it here: Goodreads || Book Depository
This series. This series, man. It’s so good, and even though I still only gave it four stars (for reasons that have to do with the relationship, it’s actually more like a 4.5), it will easily be one of my favorite series of all time. The world Kaufman and Spooner have created is just so cool. And the way the books intertwine and refer back to the other? I love it! I may not have loved Jubilee and Flynn as much as I loved Lilac and Tarver (Tarver is hands down my favorite character of the series so far, I love his sass), but they definitely grew on me as I continued this second book. Their very first interaction is probably one of my favorite parts of the whole book for reasons having to do with a hot pink cocktail sword. Just the idea of it is hilarious to me.
As for the story line itself, I felt like it dragged a little and got slightly confusing at times, but it started good and then it just got great by the time the whole thing wrapped up. It might have only been a small step in the world Spooner and Kaufman have created when looked at from afar, but the journey it took for Flynn and Jubilee to get there was well worth the story it got. And the story we got in between chapters? Absolutely beautiful, from the prose to the way it impacted the story.
I’m beyond sad that we only get one more book and then a novella/short after this. The third book is the one I’m most excited about to read because of the story behind it, but I’m almost afraid to start it because I know I’ll have a huge book hangover and dammit, I don’t want it all to end. I will read it, though, and there will be a review for it, so stay tuned if that interests you. I’ll stop rambling now and continue onto the actual review.
Anyway, it really is a fantastic addition to the series and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s already read the first book. I know there may be hesitation because Lilac and Tarver aren’t featured in it, but, trust me, the authors work magic with their characters and their world, no matter what the setting might be.
If you’re interested in reading another review on the book, Katherine over at Mapping Souls With Words did a review, which you can find here.
Until next time. Thanks for reading!