This Shattered World is a book that I eagerly anticipated upon its release and it was one of the first books on my TBR list for this year. I really enjoyed its predecessor, These Broken Stars and had high hopes for this book. I love the imaginative world these authors have created. Avon is simultaneously brutal and mysterious, a young planet that is being colonized but whose potential is unknown and overlooked by the rest of the colonized realms in this universe. In the midst of a struggle to keep the colonists of Avon from the brink of civil war is Jubilee Chase, a soldier from Verona who has witnessed tragedy and vows to keep others from experiencing the horrors of her childhood. Jubilee is strong-willed and a captain who is respected by the soldiers she commands. She is loyal, intelligent and everything an amazing heroine should be.
While this book was good and Jubilee is a wonderful character, the story wasn't exactly what I hoped it would be. There is one scene in which something devastating happens and the moment is truly heart-wrenching. It packed an emotional punch and I loved/hated every moment of it.
And then the authors took it back.
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's when authors don't commit to a moment. Life is messy and tragedies happen every day. If you're going to write drama, then your characters need to be hurt or possibly die at some point. I can't get behind a story that is written one way and then the authors are all "we take it back it didn't happen that way at all, yay!!!!"
Except it's not at all awesome and after this occurred I didn't really care much about the rest of Jubilee and Flynn's story.