This Shattered World is the sequel to These Broken Stars, which you may remember from a recommendation I did a while back (you can see it here).
TSW follows the story of two brand new characters, still living in the same world as Lilac and Tarver from TBS. These two characters, Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, are sworn enemies, their people battling each other for the planet Avon. Here's the synopsis-
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.
It's another sci-fi space romance, and it's fantastic. There's cameo appearances by both Lilac and Tarver, and both Jubilee and Flynn are amazing characters in their own right. They're also really different from Lilac and Tarver, which was something I was worried wouldn't happen. Where Lilac is a wealthy socialite, Jubilee is a broken, hard war-orphan and soldier. Where Tarver is a strong, survival-oriented soldier, Flynn is
This book also built up on the world we'd previously explored in TBS, and it was so interesting seeing it through brand new eyes. The world building was fantastic and it's really easy to lose yourself in the book because of it.
If you've read These Broken Stars and you're hesitant to pick This Shattered World up, I highly recommend you do. You won't be disappointed.
If you've not read These Broken Stars, I would suggest you read it before you read this one, as there are just little spoilers here and there for TBS. Although, if you really wanted to, there's no real reason you couldn't read This Shattered World first.
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