A Romeo & Juliet Where Juliet Wants to Live... WAYRW

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner - What Are You Reading Wednesday on Reading List



Did you learn Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in school?

There have been so many reincarnations of the classic tragedy that I wonder if it is even taught...

Some teachers might just turn on a movie version, maybe even a modern take that strays from the original...

Did you read the classic?

Did you like it? Did you have to tear it apart for a report?

It was a story that fascinated me in high school, mostly because I didn't understand why Juliet was so desperate that she stabbed herself... I didn't see it as a romantic gesture. I saw it as the epitome of stupid love-struck girl... and ever since, I refused to like a female protagonist with no desire to live.


This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner - What Are You Reading Wednesday on Reading List



And yet, I return to the new twists and takes of this classic all the time... and I love to see where modern writers take their Juliet's... or in this case, Jubilee.


Where This Idea Came From...

The idea is that each week all of us book bloggers can write a post where we talk about the book or books we are reading for the week - and yes if you are still reading the same book for a few weeks in a row that is totally fine.  Just be sure to include the answers to the five questions for What are you reading Wednesday in your post.  Then hop over to one of the host sites and share your link!

Of course, this will be even more fun if you leave the host a comment, and then jump around to another post or two, or five, and gush with them!

We cannot wait to see what you are reading.



What Are You Reading Wednesday - the nitty-gritty

Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover... and then answer these questions for at least one of them.
  1. Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?
  2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?
  3. Will you finish this one?
  4. Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)
  5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

What are you reading Wednesday book blogger meme



Marissa's Current Reads

I've had a busy week... so not much has happened in the actual reading department....

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 
  • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng


This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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.



Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?

I started this series because of the covers... I mean they are stunning.  But also because of the authors... and the first book was good so...

Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Jubilee Chase might be my favorite version of a modern Juliet I have encountered. Granted this take of the classic tragedy is very different, but I like her spunk, her desire to be known, her hope for future.

Will you finish this one?

Yep!  In fact by the time this post I'll be done... it was good... I love the way Kaufman and Spooner write together.  

Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)

Romeo & Juliet!  And all of Amie Kaufman's Sci-Fi stories actually, but that's fine with me.

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

This is a quick read. It's interesting, and full of twists. The unsurity of who is good and who is bad, and who to trust, keeps the pages turning. 




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Alright so this is a trilogy, and while there is a thread that connects them all, they are different characters.  Does that bother you in trilogies- having a story set in the same world, with a connection, but the story follows new characters each book? I would love to know your thoughts!


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***Oh and a small note about the link up - please leave a bookish link.  I would love to hear about what you are currently reading. If you want to answer these five questions great!  If you'd rather just share about what you are reading, I'm up for that too.  If you have a question, feel free to ask it!***



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6 comments

  1. I didn't realise this was based on Romeo & Juliet - I actually loved the original when I studied it at school, but I know exactly what you mean about Juliet! I liked the first of this trilogy and need to get my hands on this one now - I don't mind that it follows different characters, but I'll be a little bit disappointed if there's no mention at all of Tarver and Lilac to know what happened to them after the end of the book.

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    1. I couldn't find anything from the authors claiming it is actually based on Romeo and Juliet, but it's pretty obvious at some points that it had to impact them. And yes this was a good follow up... I won't spoil it, but there are certainly some scenes to update you on Tarver and Lilac

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  2. Interesting. Since I recently finished another 'Romeo and Juliet' story (Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy) I might be interested in seeing this author's take on the story.

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    1. Yes Daughter of Smoke and Bone did a marvelous job of the tragic love story of warring sides... this one is very different... as far as a romeo and juliet story can be anyway ;)

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  3. Oh I loved the whole Starbound Chronicles! But I think This Shattered World has my favourite cover ahhh!! 😍😍 I also haven't actually ever read the original Romeo and Juliet, I confess, but I do think it's pretty wild how the original (as far as I know anyway) plays out. Very dramatic, Juliet?!?

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    1. the cover is stunning! I cannot wait to try the last book...

      And yes Juliet is a bit over the top on the drama... not really the kind of heroine I think girls want to be

      If you ever want to join in the fun we share our current reads every week!

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