Review 8. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Title: This Shattered World
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: December 23rd 2014
390 pages

"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."

In This Shattered World the main characters are Jubilee "Lee" Chase and Flynn Cormac. While Jubilee is part of the military force sent to the planet Avon to fight the rebels, Flynn is no other than the leader of the rebels who fight for a better life for all the colonists. When these two meet fireworks explode - and not in a good way. Flynn kidnaps Jubilee, hoping she has answers for a mysterious base hide in Avon. After meeting each other, nothings is ever the same again. The world they thought they knew is shattered and they have to fight to stop a senseless war between their people.

Writing: This Shattered World is beautifully written. I fell in love instantly. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's writing is compelling. Every word is hypnotizing. And the twists... my heart broke a few times. Once again, they created a cohesive and complex plot that links with the events of the prior story [Spoiler alert! Small cameo from Tarver and Lilac]. What I loved the most is that This Shattered World doesn't have a dull moment. It's a fast-paced narrative - there is always something happening with the characters in this harsh and cruel world called Avon.
“You're the most important thing in this universe. You; this vessel; the people of this planet; lovers, warriors, artists, leaders, dreams more numerous than stars. Each mind unique, each thought created for an instant and then broken apart to form new ones. You don't understand the unbearable beauty of being you.”
Characters: I love Jubilee. She is no lady in distress; she can kick-butt. And she goes through so much... I don't know how she kept going. There were moments I simply wanted to hug her. Flynn is the leader of the Fianna (legacy left by his sister) and he prefers using words instead of violence. He did kidnapped Jubilee, but no matter how bad things turned out, Flynn always used his words to keep at distance a violent outcome. Jubilee and Flynn form an unlike partnership (must love the way they work together). And, even though, the odds were against them, they always stood at each other side.
  • Relationship: Kaufman and Meagan know how to write romance. No insta-love. No love-triangle. Just two star-crossed lovers (just like Romeo and Juliet) who would never imagine that their soulmate was on the other side of the swamp. 
World Building: While These Broken Stars lacked world-building, This Shattered World offers many details about Jubilee and Flynn's society. On one side, there is the military force and on other side the are the Fianna (I found very interesting how the authors brought the Irish culture, history and language to another planet) and the relationship between the groups is very hostile. The rebels want what was promised to them, as it has been years since the terraforming process started in Avon and yet the planet is a swamp where there is no sun or stars. The military is on Avon to control the situation, but due to the disease Fury that only affects those who aren't born in Avon, they are forced to commit unspeakable acts that are far from calming the Fianna. I simply loved the world of Avon, its people and mysteries.

This Shattered World is an enticing story. Jubilee and Flynn are unforgettable.

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