Starbound Trilogy: This Shattered World (Book Two) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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.1
I wouldn’t fully agree with the above book summary, but I get they are trying to simplify things and sell a story.
In book one of the Starbound trilogy, we met Tarver Merandson and Lilac Laroux, two people from completely different worlds forced together after a tragic accident. The two are now living together in a remote location in the galaxy; however, our tale focuses on two new characters.
Jubilee Chase is a young Major working on the military base on the planet Avon. Most know better than to call her by her full name, instead calling her Lee or behind her back, Stone faced Chase. The routine of military life is familiar and forms a comforting structure to her days on Avon. Most do not last long on Avon. It is unheard of that Jubilee has been on the planet as long as she has. There is a sickness the military call, The Fury. The locals who are immune to this “Fury” are skeptical and believe it to be a lie the military made up to cover their excuses. The Fury comes on quickly. There are warning signs, such as strange dreams, but once it hits, the victim becomes a lethal killing machine while losing complete control. Once effected the military sends you away to another planet to do desk work with barely a slap on the wrist. Flynn and his people can barely swallow the knowledge of this.
Flynn is the younger brother of a well-known rebel who was executed by the military after her capture ten years prior. Since then there has been a cease fire between the military and the natives of Avon, but it has not been enough to stop the growing unrest amongst the natives. They are neglected proper food, medical attention and education for their children. The planet has been terraformed yet remains under constant cloud cover and horrible conditions. With the planetary review looming, Flynn seeks resolution and discussions to help fix the planet he grew up on, to save the planet of Avon and his people. When looking for answers on the military base Flynn takes his chance and captures the famous Lee Chase setting off a chain of events that reveal a massive cover up effecting both his people and the military.
Similar to book one in the trilogy, there are small breaks between each chapter. In the first book between chapter breaks we sit in on Tarver’s debriefing and helps to set out the events that unfold. In This Shattered World, things are a bit complicated. The reader in these in-between chapters has a whispering, gasping voice similar that of Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter. The stories seem more random that anything making you really wonder what is going. There are pieces that help to make other things make sense but you really don’t understand until the end of the book.
Although, like many readers, I was confused and disappointment to see that the story was not continuing with Tarver and Lilac, the story introduces two new characters and a new adventure. Don’t worry there is a way to tie everything together with the third book involving both sets of characters.
These Broken Stars didn’t blow me out of the water, and This Shattered World follows suit, by remaining around the mid rating range. The story continues with many familiar elements from the first story, while creating a new adventure in the same world. There are unique and entertaining elements about the trilogy but nothing that has me on the edge of my seat. To be quite honest, if there is not a readily available audiobook copy of the final book in the series, I could easily go on my way never reading the final book and being okay with that. That is not something I normally do as I am a warrior and trudge through all book series. I’m thinking we need a little galactic vacation from the Starbound Trilogy before considering taking up the finale.
If you are looking for a simple set of books with no commitments The Starbound Trilogy may be for you.
- Book summary courtesy of Amie Kaufman webpage.