This Shattered World (Starbound Series #2)

This Shattered World (Starbound Series #2)

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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. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the 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 against the military occupying his home, 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 base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553397154
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/23/2014
Series: Starbound Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 5.88(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the SKYLARKtrilogy, currently lives just outside DC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts. You can find them on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner.

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Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS I loved These Broken Stars, so I was excited to read this book! This book wasn't quite as amazing as These Broken Stars, but I still loved it! Lee is captain of soldiers on the planet Avon. The goal there is for them to crush a rebellion brewing from the natives. Then a boy named Flynn kidnapped her, as a spur of the moment. Turns out Flynn is one of the leaders of the rebellion, but instead of killing her, like the others want, they end up joining forces. Together they realize that there is a different enemy on Avon and everything connects to it. A disappearing base, a madness falling upon the soldiers, and why the planet hasn't been terraforming.  I really liked being back in this world again! This is a completely different storyline than These Broken Stars, but it takes place in the same universe. At first I was upset that this was only a companion book, with different characters, but I actually really like how this was a completely different story. I was really engrossed in this new world and I liked seeing how this one planet was affecting by the ongoings on one corporation. Also, we do get to see the characters of These Broken Stars!!!! Briefly, but it made me so happy! I did grow to love the characters in this book as well! Lee is a badass girl, and I absolutely loved her. Flynn is also tough, living with the rebels, but he prefers peace and he is also very kind. Any of the other rebels would have killed Lee, but he helped her. As for romance, I loved it. First of all, it had a bit of a hate-to-love thing going on. Yeah, we could see it coming, but the fact that Lee and Flynn began as enemies and Flynn even kidnapped Lee, yeah, it began in tough territory.  IN CONCLUSION This book was very exciting and fast-paced! I loved everything about it, even if I loved the first book more! I'm only disappointed that there wasn't as many plot twists, but that's not a problem! Overall, I love this series and can't wait to see what characters I will get to follow next!
tsukari More than 1 year ago
They've done it again! This book was absolutely incredible. I might have liked it even more than These Broken Stars! All of the characters they write are absolutely incredible and the world is so very interesting. This Shattered World is a real page-turner, I highly recommend it! And Jubilee Chase for queen of the universe, to be honest.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"This Shattered World" follows Jubilee (Lee) and Flynn, who live on a planet that has failed terraforming, leaving it with a constant smoky sky- they cannot see the sun, moon, or stars. Lee and Flynn are on opposite sides of a brewing war between the military (Lee) and the rebellion (Flynn). To add to all this, a lot of people are unable to stay on the planet long without losing their minds- perhaps because of the failed terraforming (though the real reason becomes clear later). Lee seems to be one of the only people who can live there for a long time from the military side. When Lee and Flynn first meet, Flynn is seeking answers but takes the opportunity to capture her to use for bargaining with the military. When he realizes what the rebellion would do with her (kill her), he decides to save her life, and then they are both on the run. At the same time, they are seeking answers about the mysteries of the planet and what has really happened. This leads them back to Tarver and Lilac, who I was glad to see make an appearance in this book. The current of the overall story continues and progress is made in terms of getting answers and beginning to pinpoint the real "bad guy." In terms of the story, I was very interested in the planet, new characters, and the wisps/mysteries that threaded from the previous book (I am being intentionally vague to avoid spoilers). In terms of the romance, I felt pretty meh about the characters and their chemistry. Considering the way they met/interacted (with the capture/hostage-type situation followed by "rescue"), I really need to be convinced that feelings are not a result of circumstance, and I just personally did not really get there. I had really high hopes considering how much I enjoyed the first book, so it is also possible my expectations were just too high. I am not saying I disliked this book, but it didn't hold as much appeal or gushing for me, mainly to do my so-so feelings about the romance. Overall, it was a solid continuation, and I am curious to see where the overall story arc will go in the next book!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
We get to meet Jubilee and Flynn in this book, but don't worry Tarver and Lilac make an appearance or two. We get a few more details as to what is going on in the big picture within this story. There's more action this time around. Jubilee is a soldier to the core. She's one tough cookie. And Flynn? He's a fighter too. They are on opposite ends of society, and there is much for them to overcome with all the trust issues and the fact they are enemies. Many things happen to feed their mistrust of each other. There were many similarities to the first book though.. right down to a strange death/not death thing towards the end. Yeah, it was a little different this time, but similar. If that makes sense. Honestly, I don't know how that all worked in the first book & I still don't get it in the second book.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★★¼ This Shattered World is the second installment in co-authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's young adult, sci-fi trilogy titled: Starbound. This Shattered World is an excellent addition to this intelligent and engaging collection. This one has much more of a serious tone compared to its predecessor, with politics and war taking the lead in the story. A romance element is present, but is very secondary within the plot. Each book in this trilogy is set in the same world; however, they each are separate stories with separate characters. However, Lilac and Tarver, the leads from These Broken Stars, make an appearance which was an exciting addition. I fell in love with their characters when I started this trilogy, and honestly I enjoyed that first installment a little better than this one overall, but that's just my personal preference. (view spoiler) Overall though, This Shattered World was great and I would highly recommend this trilogy to fans of the genre. The story does reference people from the first book, so it may be beneficial to read the trilogy in order. Enjoy! My favorite quote: “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 find new ones. You don't understand the unbearable beauty of being you.”
Sayana99 More than 1 year ago
**This review was originally posted on my blog Sa's World** I absolutely loved this book. Which was a welcome surprise because I thought the first one was just okay even though I did enjoy it, I just didn’t fall in love with it. This Shattered World changed that. I fell in love with the world, the writing, the characters (Tarver and Lilac included). Everything was so beautifully planned and executed, rich and detailed. I just devoured this book. Okay so even though I fell in love with this book, that doesn’t mean it’s without flaw. The beginning of the book came off a little peculiar.  I had no problem with how it started, but what I did have a problem with was how the romance started. There’s such a strong-willed  chemistry between Jubilee and Flynn which I loved. But how it started, man… I just couldn’t. I felt like they weren’t addressing any of  the issues at hand correctly. That Jubilee was locked up for two days and when returned back to base, all of her morals and beliefs were thrown out the window. I just need better clarification of why, it felt like she had a little dose of Stockholm Syndrome. Even though the romance had its flaws, it still made up to be a beautiful one and the message behind it really made up for the rocky start.  I love their banter and how they both saw things in each other that they themselves didn’t even see. I love how there were so many unsaid things, but they just seemed to understand. And as a reader, it made for something real which helped make their world seem more lively and real. The dual perspective worked out wonderfully in this book. You get to see how they were and acted when they weren’t near each other. Being able to see their relationships with other people, gave more complexity to their characters. Where you didn’t get that from the first  book in the series. Another thing I liked better in this book was the chapter separator thingy they did. Instead of it being a part of dialogue, it was these  small glimpses of a scenes that are hands down the most beautifully written part of this book. Even though they didn’t make any sense until the end. Overall, this book did wonders for this series in my eyes. Which I haven’t decided if that was a good thing or bad because I’m stuck  here until December without the next one. I don’t think I’ll survive that long.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac never should have met--not when they stand on opposite sides of the decades long war on Avon. Terraforming corporations promised to make Avon livable for the countless colonists who paid for land on the fledgling planet. But that was years ago and the planet is still no closer to being more than a murky swamp. Captain Lee Chase is part of the military force sent to Avon to tamp down rebellious colonists. No one has ever lasted on the inhospitable planet as long as Lee--no one has even tried. Flynn has been part of the rebellion since before he can remember--before he had a choice in the matter. After a mission to infiltrate the military base goes horribly awry, Flynn holds Lee's life literally in his hands. Lee is as drawn to Flynn as she is repulsed by everything he stands for. But she also knows the stalemate of the rebellion can only last so long before something has to give. When Flynn makes a shocking choice to help Lee escape, both soldier and rebel find themselves drawn into a web of secrets and lies surrounding Avon's origins--not to mention in the center of a conflict that could destroy everything they hold dear in This Shattered World (2014) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This Shattered World is the second book in Kaufman and Spooner's Starbound trilogy which begins with These Broken Stars. Although this book is chronologically a sequel it functions largely as a companion novel and stands on its own without having read book one. Once again Kaufman and Spooner deliver a story with chapters that alternate between our two narrators while also offering a little something extra in the between chapter transitions. This Shattered World is a thrilling story filled with action and suspense as Flynn and Jubilee work together to unravel the conspiracy surrounding Avon. Readers are able to see the war from both sides as they get to know Flynn and the other members of the rebellion--a movement with strong ties to the Irish folklore of their ancestors--and the military as seen by Jubilee. Jubilee is a tough heroine who refuses to take any nonsense from anyone. Although headstrong she is also compassionate, particularly as she learns more about the nuances of the rebellion on Avon. Like Flynn, Jubilee also has strong ties to her past--on her side in the form of a Chinese mother and black father. Flynn is definitely the softer of the two as he struggles to find a way to end the war without violence. He is also a charming and often cocky character who is keen to be defined by more than his past. Together Flynn and Jubilee are an unlikely pair who somehow make perfect sense together. Like the best literary relationships, Flynn and Jubilee complement each other and prove that they are stronger together. That isn't to say This Shattered World doesn't have it's fair share of arguing and banter, it does. While This Shattered World is the second book in a trilogy, it does have a very contained storyline and offers some degree of closure for all of the characters by the final page. Kaufman and Spooner deliver another sleek sci-fi story in This Shattered World which promises to build to an explosive conclusion to the Starbound trilogy in book three. Possible Pairings: Avalon by Mindee Arnett, The Shadows by Megan Chance, Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch, Alienated by Melissa Landers, Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund, A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick *An advance copy of this book was acquired for review consideration from the publisher at a preview event*
Lily514 More than 1 year ago
This book was beyond what I had in mind, sure I was anticipating for it and waiting for weeks for it, but it exceeded my expectations. I loved how the authors created two new characters that were both charming, unique and alluring in their own ways. All the characters have their own voices and I especially love Jubilee because of her bold, brave a and courageous personality/demeanor but throughout the story you'll find out that there's more than meets the eye. The setting and plot is absolutely terrific and I love it, I'm still awestruck after finishing the book only a couple hours ago. The plot line and the setting is very different compared to These Broken Stars because it's set in a war torn planet which for me was a bit unexpected but I loved it. I highly recommend it to everyone, it's a great book and it deserves much love and attention. I can't wait for book three!!!
toribabybaby More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a fun read. Jubilee Chase is such a BA! I hope to be as cool as her one day. But yeah, this second installment was just as beautiful and fierce as the first! I really liked that the sequel expanded into a whole new set of characters and settings. I mean, come on, Avon sounds pretty freaking amazing. The romance in this book comes on stronger too; its faster paced and more harsh that the first novel which I like because This Shattered World's storytelling and plot calls for it. Icing on the cake? - We still get to hear about Tarver and Lilac. This is the best part about a series like this. You get new sets of characters in each novel but everything still relates back to the beginning. It is why the series is so successful; the innovation and creativity of the authors. Overall this was a great story and I'm definitely looking forward to reading book 3!
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
4.5 Epically Wonderful Stars THIS SHATTERED WORLD was breathtakingly epic!! With it's fierce and determined characters, a plot that kept thickening, equally blended with a romance fighting to survive against the odds!! It is a sequel NOT to be missed!! But to be honest, I thought I was going to have issues getting back into this world because of the POV change. Because I LOVED the first book, THESE BROKEN STARS and fell hard for the main characters Lialic and Tarver, and was devastated when I found out that this book was going to be set in the same world, but in two different main characters POV, but with similar struggles as the first book. I was even tempted to pass it up just for that reason alone. But of course I couldn't, and let me tell you, I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T!!! Because THIS SHATTERED WORLD was AMAZING!!! So utterly, breathtakingly, amazing, in almost every possible way!! THE PLOT The planet of Avon is at war. The rebels want peace, equality, they want change. They want their planet terraformed like their suppose to be working towards. They're tired of having to hide from the soldiers, tired of not having a say in their planets growth and functioning, tired of having to steal food and other necessities, tired of not having options—freedom, and their getting itchy. It will only take a spark to ignite the flame that sparks the revolution that turns the tides of this war... Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met... Jubilee Chase, now known as Captain Lee, is as loyal, fierce, and kickbutt as they come! She has a past that has made sure of that. She was sent to Avon like everyone else to crush the rebellion. But for her, it's more personal then anything, and she will do everything in her power to end the rebellion and instill peace back to Avon once and for all. That is until the famously known Flynn Cormac walks in her life and changes everything she once thought... Flynn Cormac, the brother of the former leader of the rebellion, is now the new Leader and trying to steer his people in a different direction then his sister did before she was executed for leading the rebellion. He is desperate to show his people that the violence the rebellion thrived on all those years ago, didn't end well for any of them, and now it is time to try a different way, without violence. But for Flynn to end the war, he must get the Intel he needs to instill the peace his people so desperately need. So doing the only thing he knows to get the answers he needs, he infiltrates the barracks as a guard, and finds something better then corrupt Intel, he finds Jubilee, and does the only thing he can to get himself out of the situation he's got himself in, he takes her hostage... Love, War, and Death, will paint the way when these two worlds collide, and sparks ignite the path to their uncertainty, but with a rebel and a solider, they've defeated the odds already, now they need to unite the two worlds as one, and seize control, before the corruption seizes them first... Lee and Flynn will have to face the unthinkable to end their war and save both sides. But they are only two against thousands, how can they defeat them odds and make them all see reason? How can they stop the senseless blood from being shed, how can they stop the hold the enemy has on them, before it's all too late... THIS SHATTERED WORLD was a fantastic read that I absolutely LOVED!!! It took my breath away and kept my heart-pounding until the very end. I am eager to see where Kaufman & Spooner take us next and what awesome characters and adventures will be introduced to. I know whatever they create is going to be just as awesome as the first, if not better, if that's even possible! Overall, if your looking for a read that will surely satisfy, with plenty of action, adventure, drama, betrayal, war and love, then THIS SHATTERED WORLD is for you. Because it left me utterly satisfied and definitely craving the next book! BRING IT KAUFMAN & SPOONER, I'M READY!! NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Disney Hyperion for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own, and are not influenced in any way!
ItsJaneLindsey More than 1 year ago
Ah, where to begin? I won't bore you with the basics - you can read the synopsis above for all the "who what where" info, and I also won't give away any spoilers in this review. But my god! Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have done it again. I'm a devoted YA reader, but SciFi has never appealed to me much - until I read Kaufman and Spooner's first novel, These Broken Stars. The SciFi magic (not literal magic, know) continues in This Shattered World, in large part because these authors are AMAZING at writing such multi-dimensional, vibrant characters and relationships. The insta-hate between Lee and Flynn, and the entire development of their relationship, is intense and exciting and I found myself re-reading some of their conversations because they were /so/ great. As the reader, you never become complacent for a single moment while reading - you're kept on the edge of your seat, unable to turn the pages fast enough. I was a bit anxious about this book, because the authors were very up front about the fact that this second book is NOT a continuation of Tarver and Lilac's story from These Broken Stars. Rather, This Shattered World is a different and unique story within this same, larger universe. But what a success that approach proved to be! I adore Lee and Flynn just as much as Tarver and Lilac, and I once again find myself impatiently awaiting whatever Kaufman and Spooner have in store for us next. They've definitely made a SciFi convert out of me!
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. I loved every minute of it. It was a lot different than These Broken Stars, but that was okay with me. The characters felt more realistic and their motives were clear. I loved the progress that their relationship took, from enemies to shaky allies, to friends, to something more. The setting was on the planet of Avon, a world torn apart by a long war between the government and the rebels. We got more information about the "whispers" from the first book and a few more questions answered about LaRoux Industries. Lilac and Tarver even make a short appearance in the book. I still had a lot of questions at the end, but not so many that I got frustrated. I really liked Flynn and Jubilee's story, the answers they found, and the problems they solved. This story is more war focused that its predecessor, so it's more violent. It doesn't have any sex, but there are a few kissing scenes, and there is some language. If you like science fiction, survival stories, and save the world plots, you will like this book. I would suggest starting with the first book. Even though this is a complete story, it builds off the first one. Content: Violence and some language (including one f-word) Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It did not affect my opinion in any way. This review originally appeared at Such a Novel Idea. Last year I saw the most beautiful book cover and knew I had to have the book. It also happened to be the first book I got approved for from Disney on Netgalley. That book was These Broken Stars and it ended up being my favorite book of 2013. So, you can only imagine how excited I was to get a copy of This Shattered World. I don’t know how many hours I waited to read it once approved, but it wasn’t many. And it was a slow, relished read. And I enjoyed every single moment of it. The thing I like about this book is how similar, and yet different it is from the first. We definitely get a great sense that we are again in the same universe as These Broken Stars. And the free short story, This Night So Dark, does a great job of bridging one story to the next. It was enough to understand what was happening on this new planet behind the scenes, connect Tarver and Lilac to the new story, and give us an overarching arc that the series will expand upon. The tagline for the series is Three world. Three love stories. One enemy. Which is quite perfect for it, in my opinion. While Tarver and Lilac begin their plight together after a catastrophic event, Lee and Flynn begin theirs in a tiny tavern right from page one. It’s a quicker jump into the story, but it works. The two obviously have some chemistry, but the bite back and forth is much more actualized than Tarver and Lilac’s (which was more for the sake of keeping Tarver safe from Lilac’s father). While Lilac only pretended to snub Tarver (which grew to true dislike before it went back to like, and then of course love), Lee and Flynn truly disgust one another. Lee, a ‘murder-for-hire’ and Flynn a ‘filthy rebel’. To me, this story was far closer to a reversed Romeo and Juliet love story than the first, because these two truly could not work together. Flynn, as a rebel, would be killed for his involvement with a solider. It would be the most heinous crime he could commit. And the same for Lee. And yet, love happens. It’s a slow burn, but it works so well. Spooner and Kaufman are masters at character depth. They create such complex and realistic characters — you can literally see them come to life off the pages. I was worried about falling for another couple after the first book, but I had no problem loving these two. Jubilee is hard, strong, and generally just a kick ass heroine. She wasn’t always this way, but we slowly learn throughout the layers why she guards her heart so fiercely. And yet, she loves her people and her cause — her guarded heart has no problems with passion. And speaking of passion, Flynn was such an amazing guy. He worked so hard and was so desperate to help his people. Somehow, through all the tragedy and hardships, he was still a truly openhearted person. The dynamics of his position inside his world were a little interesting — as he was looked to for leadership as a teenager from this group of people. But he was so committed that it didn’t really even phase you, because you believed in him so much. The overarching background story in this series is so fascinating, because it is about the corruption of big business — in space. It’s contemporary problems in a futuristic world. Just add space and a little technology, and you’re there. We’re also dealing with an insidious man, Lilac’s father, whose crimes against the universe go deep. As a whole, the two sides are not bad or good. They are just trying to survive. The soliders are trying to protect the world and the rebels are just trying to fix a broken system. This isn’t a new trope, but it is an important one. Once again the science fiction of this story fascinated me. I loved how it played off the first book and yet we learned more about these… well, I can’t finish that sentence without giving too much away. But the culmination of Jubilee and the reason for her lack of dreams, I was like a kid jumping up and down on the bed. I seriously cannot wait to see where that arc of the plot goes. If you’re worried about reading this one, because it doesn’t focus on Tarver and Lilac, don’t worry. You’ll see them and you’ll fall in love with this new world, this new couple. Don’t forget to read the *FREE* novella to bridge the gap. But truly, Jubilee and Flynn’s story just added a depth and spark that would make anyone swoon.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Book Two of the Starbound series Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: December 23, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I read and wrote the review for this book back in June, guys... just a note, in case anyone wants to know anything and I'm shaky on the details! Despite giving both books the same rating, I liked this book more than I liked the first book! To me, These Broken Stars was great, but nothing SUPERB or amazing (hey, just my honest opinion). I'm not saying this book was, either, but it was definitely more EPIC than book one. Both books are excellent, and I'm so glad that I have had the opportunity to read both!  In this book, we follow Lee and Flynn's story. Flynn is the brother of the former leader of the rebel colonists of Avon - the rebel colonists call themselves the Fianna. Flynn wants peace on his anarchy-filled, terraformed planet. Jubilee Chase, on the other hand, is a trodaire - she a one of the military personnel sent to the put down rebellions in Avon and restore peace. As the power struggle for Avon continues, Lee and Flynn finds themselves unable to see which side is right and which is wrong.  The biggest thing that I liked about this book compared to book one was that this book is set in such a grander scale than book one. Book one deals with Tarver and Lilac and the aftermath of the shipwreck on a mysterious planet. While there are major things that could possibly affect the entire universe (LaRoux Industries), it seemed like These Broken Stars was really all about Tarver and Lilac. The story was very slow, and filled with survival. I love the rawness of Tarver and Lilac's fight to live, to stay sane... but I wanted to know the grand scheme of things. We only really get to that at the very end of the book. In this book, the story is so much more than Flynn and Lee. It's so much more than a potential love story. It's so much more than a kickbutt captain and a stoic rebel struggling to find their place on Avon. I LOVE that this book focuses on Flynn and Lee and their actions, but it's not all about them. Even with that said, I really like both characters. Flynn is very different from what is marketed as the typical YA hero. He isn't macho and alpha and basically Superman. He's quite handsome, according to Lee, but he's patient, quiet, almost passive. He wants peace on Avon, not war, but he wants the universal governments to stop interfering. He knows something is wrong with his planet, but he has a fierce loyalty towards Avon and his people. I have a lot of respect for Flynn. Just like in These Broken Stars, I like the hero more than the heroine. Don't get me wrong, I like Lee! I like Lilac! But I like Flynn (and Tarver) more. Lee is deadly, kickbutt, feisty, and quite frankly, cold. But she's human, and she's a girl, not invincible. It was almost funny to watch her wrestle with her feelings towards Flynn. Flynn's feelings for her were more obvious than hers towards him, but I like what Flynn did to Lee. He took her by surprise, and I like how confused he made her. So... yes, this book does feature a love story. However, it's not as dominant as Tarver and Lilac's. These Broken Stars was alllllllll about the romance. This book was not. Which, honestly, I quite prefer, IN THIS SERIES. I like that this book focused more on the politics, the secrets, the scheming, than the romance. This book's romance seemed impossible, especially with Lee basically pushing Flynn away at every turn. Good on Flynn for not giving up! The romance in this book isn't breathtaking or beautiful, but it is hard-fought and desperate and powerful. We do get to see a lot of Tarver and Lilac in the second half of this book. I don't think I remember Kaufman and Spooner mentioning Lee's connection to Tarver, so that was really cool to discover! I love the role that Tarver and Lilac play in this book, and I'm really glad that they appeared in this story. This book is set in a very different world than that of These Broken Stars. The monsters aren't creatures - they are human beings. And the "whispers" or illusions of book one DO appear in this book as well. They're called "wisps" in this book, and yes, we do get a slightly better idea of what they are in this book. Actually, we get to know where they come from and sort of what they are. But truly what they are is not (yet?) revealed. Perhaps in the next book. But some things that I wondered about in book one were cleared up in this book. In case anyone was confused by things in book one. Not Lilac's resurrection though - I'm still a little confused by that. A lot confused, actually. Anyway. Like I said, I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed book one! I loved that this book focused more on the planets and secrets of LaRoux Industries, rather than solely focusing on the romance, THEN the mysteries. I'm really excited for book three! What I Did Not Like: I'm still confused about the "whispers"/"wisps"/"illusions"/whatever you want to call them. I feel like we get a little bit of what they are in each book... so maybe we'll finally get the whole truth in book three? If that's the case, great, but I hate being kept in the dark about something that is SO IMPORTANT to each book, and the series in general. Would I Recommend It: I highly recommend anyone and everyone read this book and series! If you read the first book - whether you enjoyed it or not - read this one! Personally, I liked this book even more than I liked the first book. So even if you didn't like book one, you might really enjoy this book! And if you haven't started this series, you should do so! Especially before the series goes to the little screen! Rating: 4 stars. I'm very pleased with this book! I cannot wait to read the next book - set on Corinth! I wonder in what Kaufman and Spooner will take this series. Fun!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley.) This was such a good sequel! The characters in this were really good; both Flynn and Jubilee were used to fighting for what they wanted, but they hadn’t lost what made them human either. I admired both of them for the way they fought for what they thought was right, and for how their own feelings and desires came second. I also loved that we got to see Tarver and Lilac again! Eeek! So exciting! (Oh, and for anyone who’s wondering, I do think that Jubilee is a lot easier to like than Lilac was.) The storyline in this was very different to that of ‘These Broken Stars’, and even though it wasn’t necessarily the sort of book I would normally pick up, I really enjoyed it. This book was more about war, and battles between two opposing sides. I found it a little amusing that Jubilee nicknamed Flynn ‘Romeo’, because this pair really were a Romeo and Juliet! There wasn’t a great deal of romance in this book, but I did enjoy what there was. This book instead focused more on the action and mystery, and that was enough to keep me happy. I also loved the way this story developed, and the way it came together with the story from ‘These Broken Stars’ to give us more insight into just what LaRoux had been up to! The ending to this was good, and we got an end to Flynn and Jubilee’s story, whilst the overall story of LaRoux Industries is still not finished. Looking forward to book 3 now! 8.75 out of 10