Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Starbound series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got a copy of this book through NetGalley to review. This is the second book in the Starbound series by Kaufman and Spooner. This is supposed to be a trilogy with the third book releasing in December of 2015. This was a well done continuation of this young adult science fiction series. I enjoyed this book a lot. It wasn’t quite as good as the first book in the series but it was still a very good, if somewhat predictable read.
Jubilee Chase (Lee) is the captain of a military unit sent to the planet of Avon to crush the rebellion there. Flynn Cormac is the brother of the woman who lead the largest rebellion on Avon and is desperately trying to hold the rebel forces together. When Lee and Flynn meet things get out of hand and both of them end up on a journey through the swamps of Avon. The terraforming on Avon hasn’t been going as planned and between the two of them Lee and Flynn may be able to uncover the secrets of Avon.
The two characters from These Broken Stars are in the story a small amount. However mostly this story follows another star-crossed couple on a new and interesting planet. The chemistry between Lee and Flynn isn’t as good as it was between Lilac and Tarver, but it is still pretty well done.
Lee is your typical tough-girl military commander type. She puts all the boys in their place and is always in control. She is also well-liked and respected. She has a dark history involving rebel forces and would do anything to see them destroyed.
Flynn is a peaceful man thrust into the leadership role in a rebel group. He wants to strike a compromise with the military forces and actually solve the mystery behind the delay in the terraforming of Avon. Needless to say his relationship with Lee is definitely star-crossed.
The whole story seems unrelated to the events in These Broken Stars at first, however eventually elements in this story dovetail with the events in the first book. I expected a few more twists and turns, but the story is fairly predictable. That being said it is still an interesting book. I enjoyed the new characters and the new planet we get to explore.
Overall this was a well done YA science fiction with action and romance. If you enjoyed These Broken Stars I think you will really enjoy This Shattered World as well. I will definitely be reading the third book in this series. I would recommend to those you like YA science fiction with some romance.