Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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This Shattered World -  Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerPublisher: Disney-Hyperion (December 23rd 2014)
Hardcover: 390 pages
Series: Starbound #2
Source: Netgalley & The Midnight Garden
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

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.

Review:

What, did he think I was just going to melt into his arms? Start a tragic and dramatic tale of star-crossed lovers on a war-torn planet?

Okay, I’m just going to talk about the romance so we can get it over with. The blurb really pushes it as a star-crossed lovers kind of romance  between Jubilee and Flynn, and is in a way it sort of is; soldier and rebel.

But actually it’s not that dramatic (in the Romeo and Juliet sense). What really sold it for me was the fact that it wasn’t anything like an insta-love. Instead it’s literally two people who have this attraction but have a million obstacles to overcome before they even have a chance to see where it goes, let alone it be “true love”. I really like them together, they had great dynamic and chemistry and because they balance each other out. Jubilee is the badass captain, who’s a bit of a cynic whereas Flynn is our passionate rebel looking for that brighter future. What makes them work is they share that same strong will to fight for what’s right.

I can see her struggle despite the dim light; I feel it like my own. Because it is my own. Trodaire. Fianna. Fighters, both of us – tired of fighting.

And actually the story doesn’t really focus on the romance that terribly much (which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing). And that was totally okay with me, because it makes sense with this story.

Now let me tell you about the story. It’s intense and heartbreaking and hopeful all rolled into one and it sort of surprised me. The blurb doesn’t really do the story justice.

This Shattered World is much more plot driven than character driven like in These Broken Stars. With the Avon rebels and the trodairi military just waiting for the chance to take each other out, it’s high stakes for both side when Flynn and Jubilee crosses path. There’s also a mysterious affliction called the Fury on Avon, which connects our story to These Broken Stars, and we learn a little more about the Whispers. This is what pushes the story to be more than just a rebellion story or a Romeo and Juliet love story. This sets the stage for some political intrigue , conspiracy, and a more sinister villain (hello book three!).

He’ll see. He’ll recognize the truth, that the Fury’s real; that our planet is diseased and the madness could come for any of us now[…]

Oh, oh! We also get a cameo from Tavern (and Lilac)! It fits into the story smoothly and I was happy to see them. They are as cute as ever.

Overall, a wonderful installment to the series. It was definitely different than These Broken Stars (in a good way), but still had the same flavours that makes it such an intriguing read.

“I’m not your enemy, Jubilee Chase,” I whisper. “And I don’t think you’re mine.” I lean after her until I can capture her mouth again. My hands burn where I touch her, everything else fading away into the background, drowned out by this, by her, by us.

{*Thank to Disney-Hyperion & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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*GIVEAWAY

5 hardback copies of THIS SHATTERED WORLD;

or  a Grand Prize consisting of:
– Autographed copies of the first two books
– Starbound swag
– A secret letter from Tarver to Lilac, which may be kept private by the recipient, or shared publicly on a blog, etc.
– Coffee with the authors at one of their upcoming US tour stops in January, OR a Skype chat!

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About the Authors:

amie meg - JointHeadshotAmie 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 Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, 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.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. This Shattered World is available for pre-order (with fun swag!) and will be released in North America on December 23, 2014.

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Find Amie Kaufman:

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Find Meagan Spooner:

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Purchase the book:

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Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I really love that the romance isn’t as dramatic as Romeo and Juliet and that it’s more a question of two people working through their differences. It’s awesome how she’s the warrior and he’s the pacifist.

    LOVE the plot-driven aspect and how we see the politics and science and tech behind the planets and people

    Lovely review 🙂

  2. I wasn’t a fan of the first book, but the reviews I’m seeing of this really make me want to give the rest of the series a try. Especially since the stories don’t seem to be that connected (in terms of new characters etc.)

    1. I feel like it was pretty different from the first one! There’s sort of a overly arc story and the same universe, but yeah otherwise not a huge connection! Definitely check it out 😉

  3. YAY It makes me so happy that you enjoyed the book Cyn! I thought it was wonderful that the romance was subtle and they had obstacles to overcome and something to focus on instead of their attraction you know? That way we actually get a well developed story. I thought this was brilliant in the way it connected the story together too. Lovely review!

  4. I loved the first book and am looking forward to reading the second.

  5. Beautiful cover. I haven’t read the series but it sounds great.

  6. I’m SO EXCITED for this book! I loved These Broken Stars. <3 Looking forward to the non-insta-love relationship between our two main characters here, of course. 😀 I wish I lived in the US because that giveaway's awesome!

  7. Wonderful review Cyn!! I’m right in the middle of this, and loving it. So glad you did too. This is what I was hoping for ” they had great dynamic and chemistry and because they balance each other out. Jubilee is the badass captain, who’s a bit of a cynic whereas Flynn is our passionate rebel looking for that brighter future. What makes them work is they share that same strong will to fight for what’s right.” *Swooning* Yep, sounds good : )

  8. I don’t like insta love either. Romance can either get lost or take over a story in which it’s not the main focus. I like that the relationship enhances the story but doesn’t take over.

  9. The relationship sounds good and I love that it wasn’t really insta-love. I need to grab book one.

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