Published: December 23, 2014
Age Range: 13+
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.
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the second in the Starbound series. Thankfully, you don’t necessarily need to have read These Broken Stars (the first book) in order to enjoy this one. Similar to that of the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire & Bitterblue), each book takes place in the same universe, but focuses on different characters.
I will admit that I haven’t read the first book, but I am intrigued by the summary of the second. Enough so that I will probably end up finding both and devouring them over the holidays. The books strike me as being very similar to that of the ‘Under The Never Sky’ series by Veroinca Rossi, with it’s themes of star-crossed lovers during tumultuous times in their universe, and lives.
On a slightly more aesthetic note, the cover of the book looks like Firefly and Battlestar Galactica had a love child, and this cover was the result. That alone makes my inner nerd gleeful with delight.