[489]: This Shattered World

DSC_0922 GOODREADS SUMMARY | Disney Hyperion | ARC, 391 pp. | December 23rd, 2014 | Young Adult | Science Fiction | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Not exactly a revamped Romeo and Juliet, but the mortal enemies arch is there. It is only in the recent weeks following the release of this book that I’ve had a hankering to finally pull this off my TBR shelf,  and it is all because much of the reviews have touched on the nature of relationship that developed between Jubiliee and Flynn. It is that shove that I needed to get me moving in the right direction. Heck,  we all know that Science Fiction is not my cup of tea, but from my experience with All These Broken Stars, I found that this writing duo is pretty adept in  creating a world and a trope that are both straightforward and technically sound. So I shed my misgivings and decided to plunge right in.

Planet Avon is what you would call a dying planet.  And not because it was a result of a supernova event, but because it was deliberately being killed by a corporation of magnanimous greed. Second book in, I’m still unsure as to Laroux Industry’s primary purpose. One would think that such a powerful corporation should be satisfied with their control of the universe. Apparently, it’s not quite enough. It would make sense if the entity  has an immediate rival. But as far as I can tell, Laroux is driven to expand Science by playing God.

I also like how ugly and wondrous planet Avon was; with its perpetually clouded over sky, dying vegetation, and undrinkable water. It is pretty close to being uninhabitable, but its people would fight for their right to live in such a world, no matter how perilous. And I think that’s what makes it even more wondrous: it’s the thought that its people would die protecting it because it is theirs to defend.

Another aspect of the Sci-fi universe in this series that I like is the “Whispers”; creatures that, well, whispers to the ears of our heroes and heroines. This was not the case in the second book. In the first book, they’re satisfied with using their powers to communicate. Here, they take on a more sinister role: body snatchers that take over a person’s body to do their will.

As far as the romance goes, it’s what everyone claims it to be. Jubilee was a high ranking platoon leader that Flynn, a rebel leader, had taken hostage.  Though their animosity is obvious in some instances, the readers can also see the reluctant respect they harbour towards the other. It is the kind of relationship that developed slowly, and was not the forefront plot device that moved the story along.

Jubilee is the opposite of Lilac in some respects, but both women are strong protagonists in their own ways. While Lilac needs to hide behind the facade of an airhead heiress, Jubilee is upfront about her ruthlessness.

This Shattered World continues the intensity of All These Broken Stars. Much like its predecessor, the ending doesn’t give us a clue as to the plot origin of the next book. Either way, I’m dying to find out what kind of surprises these authors has in store for us.

  • It’s good to hear that this book is such a good continuation of the first one! I have yet to start this series myself but I honestly cannot wait to do so because I have heard a lot of positive things about it. And even though sci-fi isn’t your thing you still managed to enjoy it!

  • I liked TSW much better than TBS, just because my questions were answered, and I’m really excited to see how all of this will conclude as well! 😀 😀 I’m glad you loved as much as I did!

  • You’re so right about the world building. Very dark and tragic. I loved this book so much because of the romance. It wasn’t the main focus, which lead to us being able to read more about the mystery behind LaRoux industries. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the last book!

    • I also love that the authors had to practically create a new world considering the first book was set in a different planet altogether. Shows how not indolent the writers were.

  • You are so right the dark quality of the World and yet that the locals are do willing to fight for it makes it all the more captivating. I think I enjoyed it as much as you and I’m also wondering where they are going to go with the last book. Glad you decided to pick it up after all. 🙂

    • Right? The authors do not really give us any hints as to who would be in the next book. So it makes it all the more exciting!

  • I only skimmed b/c I still need to read book 1, but I’m glad that book 2 wasn’t a downgrade. Makes me more eager 😉

  • Great review! I haven’t read this series as yet, but I hope to one day!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I’m so glad this is an exception to your relative dislike of sci-fi! I loooove this series and seriously can’t wait for the third book. I just loved how Jubilee is so different from Lilac, but how Jubilee also ends up realizing the value in Lilac’s position. 😀

    • I love Jubilee’s chameleon characteristic, to be honest. She’s an unassuming character.

  • Great review, Joy! I have been hearing some great things about this one and am hoping to read it soon. Now I am curious/scared for the body-snatching Whispers!

  • looks like a good book. Does it have any rabbits?

  • Christy

    I seriously need to read this. I can’t wait to meet Jubilee and Flynn.

    • Enjoy! You’ll love their romance. It’s slow but heated. 🙂

  • YESSS, you finally read it Joy and I’m glad you loved the harsh world of Avon and the strong characters! Jubilee and Flynn forever <3 Great review!

    • Lol! I can’t wait to see if they’ll appear in the next book. 🙂

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this! I really loved the world presented in This Shattered World. Avon was a really interesting planet. The romance was also great, with it’s slow development and tension. The only problem I with this one was I struggled to connect to the story quickly because it took a while for the connection to the These Broken Stars plot to become clear. I can’t wait to read book 3 and to finally find out what LaRoux’s plan for the Whispers is, plus to meet the new characters and find out how all three books connect.

    • Those Whispers are such an intriguing part of this world, isn’t it? It makes me wonder if they are manufactured by LaRoux as well. Hmmmm

  • Super happy to see that you loved This Shattered World, Joy! Planet Avon really was an intriguing place… and really, it was kinda romantic how people defended simply because it was theirs. It may be a shitty home, but it’s THEIR home, and that pulls the heartstrings pretty badly, right? And yes, the romance was simply wonderful to behold! I loved how it was so natural and so genuine. You can feel the feelings developing ever-so-slowly, but you know they were real and not half-assed.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Yes! There is something so romantic about how people would defend a place that’s virtually inhabitable. It says a lot about the heart of its people.

  • I SO love this series. Like you, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Right? And who would be the starring characters! Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

  • I was not a fan of These Broken Stars but This Shattered World completely blew me over! I much prefer the awesome Jubilee over Lilac, and Avon is so well fleshed out. You’re right though, not quite sure what the motive of LaRoux Industries is…but it’d be interesting to finally find out in the concluding book. I like my sci-fi to be heavy on the worldbuilding, and this sequel delivered everything that I found lacking in TBS. Woop!

    • Right? With all the worlds being as bleak as they are, it makes me wonder why anyone would want to take over the universe as much LaRoux does.

  • I’ve been interested in reading All These Broken Stars, but last year I really wasn’t into the genre lol. Maybe since I’m reading more Fantasy/Sci-Fi this time around, I’ll pick it up. This review is definitely pushing me to do so!

    • I hope you’ll enjoy these. I’ve never been into Sci-Fi/fantasy either, but the books were written so well.

  • A lot of people are loving this series. It doesn’t sound like it’s for me though, however this would make for a great movie, I think. I’d like to see this dying planet.

    • I agree. It would make for a great movie, provided that it will be in the capable hands of Spielberg or Lucas. Lol.

  • I can’t wait to read this I’ve heard so many great things about it. I don’t usually like sci-fi books but I really enjoyed These Broken Stars. When I heard this one I thought it was going to be more about the characters in the first book. I was a tad bit disappointed when it wasn’t but it sounds like its going to be as great as the first one!! Awesome review!

  • So so so happy you enjoyed this book Joy. <3 I loved it so much. And I'm so glad you liked it too 😀 YAY! The romance is the bestest. <3 So glad you decided to give this book a chance, lol 🙂 I cannot wait to know what book three is about ;p Fingers crossed we will both love it. <3 Thank you for sharing your stunning thoughts sweetie 🙂

  • This sounds like an awesome sci fi dystopian world I’d love to visit (in books, of course)! i might have to pick up a copy of the first book. Thanks for the review 🙂 And what a beautiful picture you took 🙂

  • I’m not big on sci-fiction too, but I read some sci-books which I surprisingly liked a lot. Glad you enjoyed it. It definitely sounds interesting.

  • I’m so happy you enjoyed this one. I loved the sci fi elements and the characters were so strong! Jubilee especially was a shining star for me.
    Great review, Joy!

  • I just listened to my very first Young Adult Science Fiction title this past weekend, and although it was a huge step outside of my comfort zone, I actually enjoyed the story quite a bit, so much so that I might give more of them a try in the near future. I’ve been looking forward to checking out your This Shattered World review ever since I saw that you’d added it to your pile. Glad that it did not disappoint!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  • Sci fi is not my thing at all either but heck, so many people love this series that I did buy book one. I just need to read it now!
    Wonderful review!!

  • I’m so glad you really enjoyed this Joy, I absolutely loved it too. I don’t read a lot of hard sci-fi, but love it blended with a bit of dystopian or romance. I love the slow burning romance too and Lee was much more likable than Lilac for me. I’m desperately awaiting book three now too. Beautiful review <3

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Yay I’m glad that you loved this one, hun! It’s truly quite the fantastic book and right? The romance was perfect and (thankfully) not as overbearing like in book 1.

  • That sounds like such a good book. Love the cover too.

  • I would like to read more sci.fi, but I am always so scared when it comes to YA 😉

  • I’m quite anxious about this one because I’m not really a sci-fi girl but I know many loved the first book as well as this one so maybe I should try to see if I like it. thanks for the review!