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.
I enjoyed this installment way more than the first book – I really liked the grittier plot and atmosphere of Avon in This Shattered World, as opposed to the poor-little-rich-girl saga of These Broken Stars.
This Shattered World was action packed from the get go, with soldier Jubilee Chase and rebel Flynn Cormac as our MCs, who find themselves on the opposite sides of a planet-wide conspiracy with simmering tensions amongst the local populace and the military presence.
The romance was a slow build, which I could appreciate – while there were sparks of attraction, both are well aware that the other has done potentially terrible things in this war, against their friends and family, and they both bear scars of trauma from their past.
I also enjoyed the cameos from Tarver and Lilac, who are battling their own demons, so to speak, as well as the appearance of the creepy invisible ~whisper~ things.
I think the novel could have been edited down somewhat – there was a lot of back and forth between swamp and military base, like some epically muddy road trip but with bullets thrown in – but nevertheless, I’m excited to see how the series concludes.