This Shattered World

4 stars

This is the second installment in the Starbound trilogy. This story is set on the terraformed planet Avon. The planet hasn’t developed as quickly as it should have and the colonists are struggling to survive. The colonists have started to rebel against the terraforming corporations in charge of the planet’s development. As a result, the corporations have sent soldiers to Avon to quell the uprising and install order. Lee Chase is a military Captain with a reputation for being tough and dangerous. Flynn Cormac is one of the rebel leaders trying to reach a peaceful agreement with the soldiers.

When Flynn kidnaps Lee on a foiled scouting mission, the couple’s fate is intertwined. They come to an uneasy alliance and agree to try to discover the mystery of Avon and reach peace between the rebels and soldiers. But a hothead colonist vying for control of the rebels takes matters into his own hands to break the delicate cease-fire between the rebels and soldiers and push the planet into all-out war. Can Lee and Flynn work fast enough to save the planet and stop a war?

This is another fun book. The action is fast and furious. While I liked the main characters ok, I liked Tarver and Lilac from book 1 better. The stories between the 2 books don’t intertwine until just before the ending, so this is almost like a stand-alone book.

I look forward to reading the last book in the series to see how it all ends!