Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2)

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

 

Hot on the heels of These Broken Stars, I borrowed This Shattered World from my library. I had read this series a couple of years ago but I’ll be honest, I had forgotten a lot of the details. It was nice to go back and reread the story. Everything made more sense and that made me excited.

Short recap: Jubilee (Lee) Carter is as tough as they come. She doesn’t put up with flack from anyone, especially not the cute boy, Flynn. Flynn wasn’t quite ready for what he was getting himself into when he kidnapped Jubilee. These two have far more in common than they realized and together they set out to uncover the secrets to what is really going on with their planet and how LaRoux Industries is involved.

The very first thing that broke my heart about this story was how it was not about Lilac and Tarver. *le sigh* But rest assured they do make an appearance in the story and when they show up, things get even better. The way all of the character’s stories meld together was nothing short of brilliant. I barely remember book 3, Their Fractured Light, but I do remember it bringing all three couples together for one overall story. Bloody brilliant.

Speaking of characters, I really liked Jubilee and Flynn. The romantic tension between them was very well written. I really wanted to just push them together so they would kiss already! I know Spooner and Kaufman know how to write suspenseful romance but c’mon! It was killing me. Jubilee was a well written badass tough chick that won’t put up with anything. She’s the captain of a special forces group on the planet Avon. She is feared and deeply respected by everyone on the base, everyone just knows her. She did not have the sweetest childhood growing up so she had learned to be hard. Flynn Cormac hasn’t had an easy life either. He is the younger brother of Avon’s infamous rebel and with that title comes high expectations. He went into hiding after she was murdered for her actions but that didn’t stop him from joining the rebels anyways. It was either run away or be shipped off planet to be shuffled through the orphan system. Easy choice for Flynn. Both of these characters have internal struggles about what is happening – Jubilee wants to help Flynn and Flynn wants Jubilee’s help. They both want to find out what is happening to Avon. It just works all the way around.

The planet setting of Avon was rich and vivid. I felt like I was actually there, it was amazing. The way it was described was a swamp-like planet with constant overcast skies. It made me think of a never-ending foggy day. The people of Avon never saw the sun or the moon and as a result, nothing ever grew on this planet. It never “terraformed” the way it should have. Would you be able to live on a planet that was under a constant sky? I’m not sure I would but everyone on the planet continued to survive but at a severe cost.

I think what I enjoyed most about this story is how it linked back to These Shattered Stars in so many ways. Spooner and Kaufman kept the storyline going and it was very well executed. The Whispers in TSS made an appearance in TSW but Jubilee knew them as a different name – The Ghosts. Regardless, a rose by any other name and all that jazz… The overall story was complicated, complex, and it was masterfully done. It showed that there was something bigger and more sinister working throughout the entire galaxy, not just in Tarver and Lilac’s world. LaRoux Industries is up to something big. I cannot wait to finish the series with Their Fractured Light. No doubt that it will blow these other books out of the water.

 

 

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Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

 

Let me start by saying the audio is ON POINT. It is a full cast and BRILLIANT. Well, as full of a cast as there can be with only Tarver and Lilac survivors of the spaceship crash.. but you know what I’m saying. 😉

No doubt you know the premise of the story: Lilac LaRoux is untouchable. She’s the daughter of the most powerful man in the Universe. Tarver Merendsen is only 18, but he’s one of the most talked about and high celebrated military personnel. The things he has accomplished in the field defies logic. Tarver comes from very humble beginnings so what could he have in common with Lilac? Besides that they seem to be the only survivors of the 50,000 +/- souls that were aboard the Icarus. What they find on the planet they crashed into is not something anyone could have predicted.

This story has it ALL. Sci-fi, mystery, adventure, aliens (!!!), romance, deception, and survival. I’m not sure what else you could possibly want out of a story. Kaufman & Spooner wasted no time starting this story off right: action, a huge disaster, survival, and secrets being revealed. Lilac proves she is more than her name and Tarver finds letting someone know the real him is not as terrible has he told himself it would be. These two are the most unlikely couple to get stranded on a strange planet but it works. Oh my does it work. The way these two characters developed as the story went was so well done. They really did grow and become better people.

The world building was marvelous and mind-blowing. It blew me away how lifelike the planet felt. The science behind everything that was going on blew me away. I loved reading what was behind the Whispers, the terraformed planets, and everything that came with it. It was brilliantly done.

GAH. I am struggling to write this review! I feel that always happens when I try to talk about stories I really loved. I never read a sci-fi book before I first read this in 2015. I know the book published in 2013 but I’m the type of reader that will wait until an entire series is out so I can binge the whole thing. I had hesitation before starting because I was afraid I wouldn’t like or understand sci-fi books. Boy how I was wrong! They are now one of my favorite genres. This story set the bar for me and that’s saying something. I reread it when it came available through my Overdrive app and it brought back all of the feels and emotions I had the first time. The admiration of Lilac’s determination, the swoony feelings for Tarver, the wonder of what the Whispers might be, the desire to figure out just exactly what is going on with LaRoux Industries. It is all there again, like reading for the first time. I cannot thank these two authors enough for writing this type of story, this type of series. I would not have ever started reading sci-fi it if wasn’t for them.

No doubt you can tell I adore this series. It holds a special place in my heart and on my shelf. If you have no picked this series up yet, please do. I want everyone to have the love for Lilac and Tarver that I have carried for years.

 

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