Tuesday, 10 February 2015

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars was, hands down, my favourite book of 2014. I loved everything about it: the relatable characters, the creepy plot, the mystery, the way my heart was ripped out of my chest, but mostly what I loved the most was the very sloooooow build of the relationship between Violet and Tarver.

And while This Shattered World was wonderful: great plot, amazing characters, etc. It lacked that slow build. 
It wasn't insta-love by any means, but it was insta-lust. 
And while it can be argued that Jubilee and Flynn were in a different situation, more open to this than the one in The Broken Stars which was one of fighting for survival among dangerous flora, fauna and a super creepy entity which inhabited the planet in which they crashed, it still felt... rushed.

It seemed too much tell not enough show when it came to Jubilee's and Flynn's relationship. For instance, Flynn takes Jubilee as his prisoner and we are told he visited her several times which, among other things, lead to a greater attachment between the two.
I would have liked to have been shown that, not told.

Also, the greatest mystery wasn't much of a mystery to anyone who'd read the first book. And the identity of the rebel instigating the war wad no mystery at all...
This whole book, with its 390 pages, felt... rushed.

That's not to say it wasn't a great read, Spooner and Kaufman are a magic team when it comes to writing!
So go read it :)

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