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YA SciFi Mystery | This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World left me disappointed…

Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Title & Author: This Shattered World: A Starbound Novel by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Release Date: December 23, 2014

Series: Starbound #2

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via the Publisher


“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.”

Not As Good As These Broken Stars

I’ve got bad news, so I’ll just be up front and tell you right away – This Shattered World did not live up to These Broken Stars.

All the ingredients are there – new characters but the same world, a boy and a girl from totally different backgrounds, and a new intergalactic mystery to solve.

Even with all that going for it, I don’t think this lived up to the first one. It’s definitely good, but there’s not flair or that “something more” that makes a book go from good to great.

So, what was the problem? For me, there was SO MUCH back and forth between the two main characters, Lee and Flynn. I did really enjoy the alternating POVs between them, but physically and emotionally it’s like an erratic swinging pendulum.

Then, the new crime/mystery is something that took a very long time to develop. I was three-fourths through the book, and I still wasn’t sure if it would in fact develop at all. Don’t get me wrong, there’s action and suspense, but the real true excitement of the story is hidden very deep.

And then, the real trouble, I think was the inevitable comparison between These Broken Stars, which I LOVED and was my favorite book of the whole year. That’s a very tough comparison to come up against.

The things I really did enjoy about This Shattered World:

– Jubilee. She’s a strong character with a lot of depth
– The setting. The story takes place on a relatively-recently terraformed planet
– The tie-in to the former story.
– The romance. It was a long-time coming, but it was good.


For people who adored These Broken Stars, I would recommend this book with caution. You may be disappointed, unless you’re good at avoiding comparisons. For those of you who haven’t read the first book, jump on in! This is more of a companion book, and I think you might appreciate this story more without knowing too much about the previous plot (although some things might not resonate as much with you).

This book was such a mixed bag for me. I’m disappointed, but I love the world Kaufman and Spooner created. I liked the mystery, but it took too long to build so I became bored. I think I would have enjoyed This Shattered World so much more had I not fallen in love with its predecessor.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    I’m bummed that the plot (or characters, I guess) were close enough to These Broken Stars to draw comparison (which inevitably would lead to disappointment, because it’a a sequel). I had hoped it would be in the same world but not the same (a boy and a girl from opposite sides of the social tracks, alternating POVs, a backdrop of government corruption or whatever, etc). Darn! I might still have to read it, though, just to see. I’ll try not to draw comparisons- thanks for the forewarning!

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I’ve actually forgotten half of These Broken Stars, so I’m hoping I won’t draw too many comparisons 😉 I’m still beyond excited to read it next month!