This Shattered World is the second book in the Star bound trilogy, the sequel picks up on another planet being colonized, where the army and rebel groups are fighting making the planet a scene filled with conflict. This book managed to give a completely new viewpoint on the conflict in the universe on the colonized planets. In addition to giving first hand insight as to what it was like on planets that rebelled against the colonizing industry, and what life was like for native people while colonization was ripping through their livelihood. This book is set on the planet Avon, after reading the first book one would be familiar with the planet because one of the main characters from the first book was stationed there. However, this book is centered around two new main characters, Jubillee Chase, a commanding officer in the army trying to stop a rebel uprising on Avon and Flynn Cormac, a member of the rebels fighting for Avon. The authors did an amazing job describing Avon in all of its swampy glory, making thee reader feel as though they are standing in the foggy moist swamp themselves.This sequel also gave a deeper look into what the whispers are and where the came from, in addition to a look into who the real antagonist is.
The sequel describe two aspects of a war which I thought was a very interesting take on a war torn society, two sides motivated by two different stories, making the plot ever more beautiful. The book was again told from two point of views, each chapter switching from Jubilee to Flynn, which, I have to say, always makes me a tad bit nervous, I always feel like authors do this so that the reader will have another point of view for when a character dies. However both characters represented strong aspects of what life was like in a universe where so much injustice is being carried out by the most powerful man in the universe. The sequel was also set up in the same way as the first book with the cut away scenes to another occurrence that I rather liked.
Jubillee was an amazing lead, I appreciated how strong she was in the face of adversity, which was very diffrent from the last lead, Lilac who was not as strong throughout the plot. Flynn was also a refreshing lead being from what seemed to be the wrong side of the spectrum. In this book readers got to see more history and culture behind wherre the people on these scattered planets came from. The reader finds that everyone is from Old Earth and moved on from there, some keeping thier original histories intact for example, Flynn and the Fianna were all of Irish decent and Jubillee was of Asian and African American Decent. It was interesting to see how these cultures were so preserved even after humans have been distanced from earth for so long.
The authors did something a tad bit different with this love story, even though again both parties came from two different backgrounds, the approach was way different to the point where I did not want Jubilee to fall for Flynn. The twos first meeting resulted in Jubilee being kidnapped by Flynn which made the whole situation seem somewhat stolkholmy... Although Flynn only did this to prove a point to his people, I still think Jubilee falling for him was somewhat inappropriate in the situation at hand.
Flynn as a character felt very similar to Tarver, it was almost as if the same character with a different physical description was being written about, which I felt was somewhat strange and dry. Jubilee and Flynn seemed like the same person just with different backgrounds, their similar mindsets made them a great team as they fought to expose the injustice on Avon and stop the corrupt governmental terraforming companies.
I loved how the book brought back Tarver and Lilac to help Jubilee and Flynn, it made the characters more likable because the reader is already to enveloped into thinking about what happened after the first book with Lilac. I enjoyed seeing Tarver happy and comical, it made Tarver seem like a real person. With that cool, perfectly placed cameo everything started moving faster, re introducing the problem with the whispers and solving the issue on Avon much faster.
It was rather interesting to see the whispers point of view in this book, and their thoughts and feelings led to a new understanding of the situation. The Whispers point of view was well needed and very important to the plot at large, and to understanding that the whispers are innocent in all of this.
It was also refreshing to see good happen after solving the problems on these colonized planets, represented by the cloudy skies finally clearing on Avon, which really spoke to me in a deep way. In addition something the Whispers said to Jubilee was so beautiful coming from a non human entity. It made me and hopefully readers everywhere that everyone has a purpose in this world and that purpose is beautiful. That quote goes as follows.
“You're the most important thing in this universe. You; this vessel; the people of this planet; lovers, warriors, artists, leaders, dreams more numerous than stars. Each mind unique, each thought created for an instant and then broken apart to form new ones. You don't understand the unbearable beauty of being you.”