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This Shattered World

Cover: 'This Shattered World'

Staff Review: "This Shattered World" by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

★★★★★

Captain Jubilee “Lee” Chase is a soldier serving on the politically volatile planet of Avon and tasked with keeping order and maintaining the current cease fire. Flynn Cormac is a leader within the rebel group, but he would rather negotiate than attempt a violent rebellion. Circumstances bring the formidable Chase and pacifist rebel together, and, despite conflicting loyalties, they find themselves forming a reluctant, uneasy, sure-to-be-tested alliance that places their lives in danger from both sides of the tense cease fire. Any qualms I had about a new pair of characters taking center stage in this series (the Starbound trilogy) were quickly erased. As with Tarver and Lilac in the first book (These Broken Stars), both characters are strong, capable, and more complex than they appear and find themselves in unanticipated and perilous circumstances. Yet, it’s not the same story. It’s tempting to reduce it to an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in space (and the authors certainly invite those comparisons), but it’s more than a story of boy-meets-girl that he never should have met, and the world carefully created by the authors is one you’ll want to visit. Technically, it’s not necessary to read "These Broken Stars" first, but it’s recommended since there are ties back to the first book. Fans of books by Veronica Rossi and Beth Revis are likely to enjoy the interesting blend of romance, suspense, and science fiction.

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction, science fiction

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