Circumnavigation of Shatterworld (Shatterworld Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The characters deepen in this book, and I grew to love the main character, Rejoice, even more. The author seems to really understand atypical teens--even in their moments of dealing with things, like romance, just like everyone else.
The story world is just as rich in this one, and we are introduced to more wondrous and original creatures. I am not normally overly fond of books that take place mainly on board a boat, but I was completely drawn in because of the uniqueness of the situation and the fact that the sea they were exploring is on another planet.
Definitely recommend and am looking forward to the next in the series!
This series is very real, raw, exciting, funny, and well written.
Rejoice is a great female lead. She’s adventurous, smart, and brave without being annoying. She’s balanced with plenty of typical teen struggles and short comings. She’s not just a smart girl who has it all together, any more than this is just a teen romance. The story is based in the realities of life at sixteen with the bonus of having hexacrabs. There is romance for sure, but it wasn’t a sticky sweet romance and that wasn’t the main point of the story. Friendship, family, trust, and growth are far more important than falling in love. I loved watching Rejoice struggle with the fear of being alone in a way most girls can probably relate to. I loved watching her grow beyond the ‘end of her own nose’, to see the people around her as more than how they affect her. (I think this is the bonus when you have a wiser, more mature woman writing YA fiction: you get a teen book without teen self-focus, or with growth out of the self-focus. Maturity brings a broader perspective. Hopefully Leila won’t kill me for saying that.)
Another element that made this book for me was Rejoice’s work ethic. Even while she’s doing the typical teen pouting or moaning and groaning, she cooks, cleans, looks after her baby-sister, and helps on the ship. She’s respected by those around her for what she can contribute and expected to act like an adult. How refreshing! This girl, while much smarter than I’ll ever be, is expected to pull her weight, not be a whiny dead-weight.
In another words, this book is about a teen I would want to hang out with and be friends with even as a 36 year old. She doesn’t have everything figured out, and there are plenty of hard lessons for her to learn, but Rejoice shows that teens can bring a lot more to the table than we often give them credit for in our society.
On top of all that, this book has action, adventure, sailing, kraken, hexacrabs, sharks, circumnavigation, a horrible and creepy primitive race, and so much more, presented in a unique world of pacifism, colonization, Quaker type Christianity, and space exploration.
If you enjoy stories about the settling of new worlds, or know a teen who is looking for something deeper to cut their teeth on than most of what they can find on the shelves, I highly recommend this book. It can provide lots to think about and lots to talk about.
Rated PG: A clean Christian read with adventure and violence.
(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.)
I enjoyed visiting with the characters in the first book again. The hexacrabs continued to be one of my favorite parts, although new native characters were introduced. The new characters lead to the most interesting and thought-provoking incident of the book. No spoilers here, but wow, good intentions can sometimes go horribly wrong, and dealing with the aftermath isn't easy.
The book starts off a little slow. Rejoice is bored on her round-the-new-world voyage, but things do pick up quite quickly, so hang in there. The love interest is so obvious to the reader it's difficult to imagine Rejoice doesn't get it until the last pages of the book, but there is a pretty legitimate reason why she is emotionally guarded and blind to his clear devotion. I do get a little irritated at the adults for not cluing her in sooner. The voyage would have been much more enjoyable for her, but I guess not as interesting of a story.
This is the type of novel that I feel works best as part of the series, so if you are interested in reading CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF SHATTERWORLD, it's probably best to start with SHATTERWORLD.
This is a coming of age tale, really. At fifteen, Rejoice is anything but joyful. The author has captured in essence what it is like during those turbulent teen years. The reader is taken into the heart of Rejoice’s plunging emotions, which sway back and forth like the sea waves lapping against their ship, stormy at times!
All the teen checkboxes are marked- moody, filled with angst, trying to discover ‘what in the world the world is all about’, and learning to broaden her horizons along with her mind.
Many of the hard questions we all grapple with at some point in our lives are dealt with in an honest and thoughtful way. I found this book even more enthralling than book one, and I immensely enjoyed book one. While dramatic for the most part, the humorous moments made me smile. A unique, creative world is waiting to be discovered here. Sci-fi lovers rejoice!