Review - Shattered World by Kate L. Mary

Please note - This review will contain spoilers for the 
previous book in this series, Broken World.

Shattered World by Kate L. Mary
Narrated by Hillary Huber
Series: Broken World #2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Date Read: June 18, 2019
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes
Source: Author
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.
My Review

This was great!  After loving the first book in this series, Broken World, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.  Once I started listening to this book, I didn't want to stop.  This is one of those series that is just completely addicting.  I feel like I become more investing in the welfare of the characters with each passing hour.  I really had a great time with this book from beginning to end.

This book picks up right where the first book left off.  This is a series that does need to be read in order since each book builds on the previous installments.  It is a great series so you really want to be with the characters from the start anyway.  This review will have spoilers from the previous book due to the ongoing nature of the story.

Vivian, Axl, and the rest of the group are in a dire situation as the story begins.  They have brought the billionaire to his shelter in the desert but he is now refusing to let them in where it is safe.  They are outside the compound, surrounded by zombies and preparing to fight for their lives when a well-known actress comes to their aid, allowing them in the shelter.  It seems too good to be true.  The nearly empty shelter is full of amenities and should be able to sustain the group for a long time.  Of course, it does prove to have some pretty big problems.

My favorite part of the book was the developing relationships between the characters.  Vivian and Axl are both great characters and I love how they are with each other.  They really seem to be better in each other's company.  Axl wants to protect Vivian but she is tough and can hold her own in most cases.  They really make a great team and I love how much chemistry they have with each other.  Hadley was a great addition to the cast.  She is a down to earth Hollywood star who is more than willing to do her part and seems to fit in with the others surprising well.

This book had all of the excitement that I hoped for.  It took a while for zombies to come into play in the first book in this series but this book starts out with some real zombie action and there is plenty to go around during the course of the story.  I was really worried about how things would work out for the characters several times during the story.  I thought the there were also a lot of more heartfelt moments in this installment.  It really was a very well balanced book.

Hillary Huber did a fantastic job with this book.  I think that she does a great job of bringing Vivian to life.  She handles the fairly large cast of characters very well and the dialogue in the book flows very nicely.  I thought she had a very pleasant reading voice and I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to others.  It is a very well done post-apocalyptic story with the perfect blend of action, great characters, and just enough romance.  I cannot wait to read more of this amazing series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.
About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, 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 a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book Outliers was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and the First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Tribe of Daughters was recently named as an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. It has been so long since I read a good apocalyptic one!

  2. why wasn't I surprised that the billionair shut them out ?

  3. This series sounds really good as I remember your first review. I am glad you're enjoying them!

  4. great title. addicting...i love a series like that. maybe this is one for my reading list
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. I don't read a lot of post apo book anymore but I should. This one looks good

  6. This is one I really want to read (series). I really enjoy this genre but don't read it often enough. Great review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. I haven't really read any zombie books but I like the sound of this one and it's so great that the 2nd book lived up to the first in the series. That doesn't seem to happen as much as it should!


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