What do you do when everything around you comes crashing down?
4.5 out of 5
Warning, there will be spoilers for Broken World within this review due to the nature of the series.
Vivian made it, so did Axl and his brother. They are finally safe, or so they thought. Things within the shelter aren’t quite what they were lead to believe. Follow the ragtag group of survivors as they face off against more zombies in order to gather supplies to continue to survive.
The narration in this book was the same as book 1. She is clear and concise. Her voice is easy to follow if you normally have trouble listening to a book. The quality was perfect with no flaws or issues at all. Hillary Huber is a go to for female narration for me now. Though I’ll probably just hear Vivian in any book I listen to by her from now on. Tantor Audio… if you are reading this PLEASE sign Hillary Huber to narrate books 4 and 5 (when it’s finished). Please, please, please. I need to know how the story ends (or continues) and Huber’s voice is perfect for it!
This story was gritty and bold like the first one. I really like character development (which book 1 was full of). This book didn’t have as much because we knew most of the characters already. So we, as the reader, are thrown into the fire in this book. It starts right where Broken World ends. Vivian is such a cool character. She really isn’t your normal hero/heroine that is in most post-apocalyptic books.
There were some “graphic” adult scenes in this book (I only mention because I don’t want anyone to be blindsided by them). They weren’t extra dirty or anything, but there is no mistaking what is going on either. Vivian thinks a lot about this in the first half of the book, and I found it distracting a few times — but in the end, it didn’t end up taking away from the flow of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed Shattered World a lot, I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen (I did know there was at least a third book in the series). But, I’m glad about the direction the author took with this. As a reader, there were a lot of times I felt completely hopeless (like the characters in the book), and that to me is the sign of a well-written post-apocalyptic book.
Look for my review of Book 3 coming soon! I’m already chugging through that one.
Shattered World by Kate L. Mary
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Series: Broken World #2
Published by Tantor Audio on April 7, 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Zombie
Stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert, surrounded by zombies, Vivian and Axl are sure they're facing the end. They meet a billionaire who's promised them safety and security, but it's almost too good to be true. Vivian hopes she'll finally be able to deal with the loss of Emily, her growing feelings for Axl, and the terrifying new world they're facing. But their sense of security is soon shattered when they discover the shelter isn't the utopia they thought it would be.
It seems the company that built the shelter decided to solve their financial problems by selling off provisions, which means the group has to find a way to get supplies. Or face starvation. And Vegas is the closest city.... With her feelings for Axl stronger than ever, Vivian volunteers to accompany him and a few others on a trip into one of the biggest tourist cities in the world.
Vegas is overrun with zombies, but there are other survivors as well. As the emotional baggage piles up, Vivian and Axl's bond grows, but it doesn't take long to realize that zombies aren't the only thing they have to fear.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About The Author:
Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was awarded the Silver Medal for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction from the 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and her Broken World series has been an Amazon best-seller since the release of book one in 2014.