Thursday, 10 March 2016

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




Another novel set in the vaguely dystopian and sci-fi world created by Kaufman and Spooner and another couple's story. Although Lilac and Tarver do make an appearance ;)

This time our main characters are Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. As with what happened with the former leading characters, these two also have a world of differences setting them apart. Not of birth, but of ideology: Jubilee is a Captain in Avon ( a re-imagened Avalon?). Her mission, to keep the rebels forces under control. As for Flynn, you may say he is the rebels future leader.
Complicated much?
Yes, but so good to read! *.*
Maybe I have a thing for supposed enemies turned lovers ( Juliet Marillier's "Son of Shadows" comes to mind), but there were a number of times in which I found myself preferring Jubilee and Flynn's story to Tarver and Lilac.
The tension and the differences between them were extremely well developed, so much so, that I found myself "metaphorically" biting my nails to figure out what was going to happen next.
Jubilee is such a strong character with a heartbreaking past, and Flynn, the idealist who feels as if he has nothing left to lose...although it is Jubilee who at times seems to have a death wish.

Like what happened with the first book, the world building, once again isn't that well developed... once again, I find myself overlooking that detail due to the quality of the writing, and of the relationship between the two main characters.

However, unlike what happened with the first book that delivered a mind boggling plot twist that reduced me to a crying mess... this one _ yes, it also had a "break my heart, why don't you?" _ was quite weaker. And not as good as what happened in Lilac's book.
For that reason only, for the fact that I didn't found the last part of this story as compelling as the beginning and the middle, this gets a 3.5 rating.
But still a strong 3.5 :)
Buy it!

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