In completion to reading This Shattered World, the second book in the Starbound trilogy, I actually thought These Broken Stars had a solid ending for Tarver and Lilac, and adding more to their story would have felt forced. If you ask me, forcing almost never ends well. With how I enjoyed the first book, it's no doubt I would be walking into the sequel with high expectations.
This latest installment to the Starbound trilogy has a new couple set roughly a year after the events of These Broken Stars – Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. Jubilee is a captain in the military in Avon* while Flynn is a rebel, the younger brother of a rebel who tried to start up a rebellion on Avon years ago and got executed as a result.
*Avon was mentioned a few times in These Broken Stars, but the first book was NOT set on Avon. This Shattered World seems to give an inside look from the people living there and how the conditions are, thus confirming Tarver's brief explanations about Avon.
In a standalone series, I often look for similarities from the current book to the prior books, and if there are similarities, if the book distinguishes itself apart to make it unique.
This Shattered World has a few similar concepts when compared to These Broken Stars: First, Jubilee and Flynn meet in a bar, though this bar is in – you never would have guessed – Avon and not on a ship by the name of the
Oh, and the whispers from book one – they're back as well. Though their end did disappoint me a little....
Our keeper’s mistake was in creating a prison powered by our own energy. We are a part of it. Destroy the machinery holding this place together and you will destroy us with it.Despite the similarities – of course there's going to be some similarities since this IS the same overall storyline in the long run – This Shattered World certainly distinguishes itself to make the book an enjoyable read overall. Unlike in the first book, the format here is in flashbacks instead of an interview. While I loved the interview format, I loved the format Kaufman and Spooner used here as well. It was intriguing to learn about Jubilee's past – a young girl before her parents death, the "November Ghost," a few of her times in the military throughout This Shattered World – and how the flashbacks eventually connected together seamlessly with the story in the end.
This Shattered World won't be a disappointment to the fans of These Broken Stars – the elements used here certainly sets the sequel apart from the prequel, and it'll be exciting to see how Kaufman and Spooner wrap up the trilogy.