Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shatterworld (Shatterworld Trilogy #1)” as Want to Read:
Shatterworld (Shatterworld Trilogy #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Shatterworld Trilogy #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Redemptive Fiction Award of Excellence winner

Twelve-year-old Rejoice cannot stop thinking about space. Her religious colony fled the violence of Earth to a new world to establish an agrarian utopia. The elders have determined that she will become a farmer, no matter what she wants. When she discovers aliens in the ocean and then the doom that is aimed at her planet, Rejoi
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published April 23rd 2016 by Breath of Life (first published January 1st 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Shatterworld, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Shatterworld

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  48 ratings  ·  28 reviews

Sort order
Kat Heckenbach
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The entire time I was reading this book, I could not help but think of Madeleine L'Engle. No, it doesn't mean I felt the author ripped off L'Engle, but I could totally see L'Engle writing a book like this. Which is a good thing! Foreman doesn't dumb down her writing just because she has a middle grade audience. The science is an active part of the story, the main character is smart (an astronomy-loving 12-yr-old), and the intelligent sea creatures on the planet are something that would fit well ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

"Fleeing persecution and low on fuel, religious refugees from Old Earth find themselves stranded on a planet with a dark history. The promise of a future is shadowed by a dreadful past.
Twelve-year-old Rejoice Holly is expected to someday become a farmer's wife, and set aside her dreams of astronomy. But the discovery that their Promised Land is already inhabited isn't helping her struggle between duty and dreams. Peace seems precarious, and the voice of reason is being silenced
Jordyn Redwood
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am posting this review for my 11 y/o daughter, Lindsay.

"Shatterworld is an amazing book. It's filled with loads of detail and I liked how the story came from not only the humans point of view, the hexacrabs point of view was included, which I thought was creative. The ending was amazing, too. I will definitely recommend this to my classmates, but the reason I am giving this book four stars is because I was a bit confused in the beginning. There is not much of a reason included on why they need
K.M. Carroll
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this book. The story and characters are fascinating, but the legalism of their religion is killing the main characters by inches. That was hard for me to stomach.

But then I pushed on with it, and of course the back of the legalism is broken in the face of serious crisis. It has a very good ending, and the sequel sounds fascinating.

The stars of this book are the alien hexacrabs. I kept wishing for pictures of them, because I wasn't sure if I was imagining them prope
E. Writes
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshingly Different and Interesting!

A wonderfully unique world and plot-line with plenty of interesting mystery to the natural world that the colonists land upon... and the threat of doom was very nicely laid out, very realistic, and very dooming!!!
The eventual wrap up was very satisfying and realistic, at the same time being heroic and fun-adventure-y!
And the next book's chapter included in the back was definitely a hook... it had me eager for the sequel, which is a rare find these days!!! ;
Zachary Totah
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: average
What if the story of the Pilgrims took place in space?

If you’re thinking, “what a cool idea,” you’re right. Shatterworld takes the story of colonists fleeing persecution and plants it in a sci-fi setting complete with advanced technology, hints of dark times on our world, and an alien race of crab-like creatures both realistic and easy to sympathize with.

You might have a picture in your head of Pilgrims being dull, boring people who didn’t know how to have a good time or joke around. When I star
Rondi Olson
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SHATTERWORLD begins with a group of religious conservatives aboard a spaceship called the "Starflower" examining a planet to see if it is habitable. If that sounds a little bit like the Pilgrims, it's because SHATTERWORLD was clearly inspired by the tale of Plymouth Colony. There are even indigenous people who, despite facing cultural extinction, form friendships with the settlers. For this reason alone SHATTERWORLD is worth a read. I often found myself thinking, "Those people should have stayed ...more
Kristen Iten
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite a departure from my usual book preference, but I love to step outside the box and see what I'm missing every now and then :) This book tells a pretty unique story. The whole time I was reading I was thinking "Puritans in Space". This book boasts quit a cast of characters. I did have trouble keeping tabs on who was who when it came to the secondary characters. I think this was because of the very different choices in names. Each character had a name that was actually some sort ...more
Chris Crawford
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shatterworld focuses on a group of Christians who've crossed the void of space to a planet where they can start anew. They arrive intent on setting up a pre-industrial agrarian culture, seeped in religious faith, free from the restrictions and danger Earth society had posed. Conflict arises in Rejoice's family, though; her brother is embittered at their new life; and she has dreams that, in a culture intent on staying alive, seem to have no place in the world.

However, the planet is not devoid of
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't quite remember how I found this book, but I'm so glad I did! It's a young adult, or 'tween science fiction novel that this adult enjoyed quite a bit.

The characters were well-drawn and sympathetic. I loved the interaction of the settlers with the intelligent lifeforms that inhabit the planet. While the book has a gentle, pastoral feel, it still has a plot full of adventure and wonder. And not a little suspense!

I appreciate the respect given to faith and the way it works together with scie
H.L. Burke
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of reading Madeline L'Engle but more scientific than philosophical. I really appreciated the gentle handling of some very deep and complicated ideas, both spiritual and scientific (laws of physics are even explained in a way young children can understand and relate to.).
Occasionally I found myself frustrated with how calm the adults were and how legalistic the system felt, but this was addressed towards the end and my frustrations were mirrored by
Jun 23, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on goodreads! i am very eager to read it and will update my review when i finish! :)
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shatterworld combines Christianity with Science Fiction on a doomed planet far away from Earth.

To say that this book was interesting would be an understatement. I’ve read lots of Christian sci-fi, however I’ve never read one quite like this one, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Shatterworld follows a group of people who are searching for freedom to practice their Christianity away from fallen Earth and after years aboard their space craft, they finally find their new “home”. However this fore
Abby Jones
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was pretty excited about that because it was the first time that had happened for me. J I’d seen other bloggers get books for free to review, but I’d never gotten one before. Exciting.

Shatterworld is Christian science-fiction. It is the perfect example of good writing taking something that probably sounded odd/dumb/crazy and making it engaging. I think anything well-written and developed will be enjoyable regardless of how silly
Janeen Ippolito
((I received a free copy from the publisher. Here is my fair and honest review)).

Having a strong interest in history, taught about the Puritans, and had a long spurt of reading historical fiction when I was middle grade age, I started reading this with mixed feelings. Anticipation over how it would work out, and concern about how author Lelia Rose Foreman would mesh two very different concepts together in such a short book.

The end results were a mixed bag. While I applaud Foreman for daring to m
Aaron DeMott
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
So, basically we have here, "What if the Pilgrims happened in the future, and instead of coming to America, they went to a different planet?"
Most of the characters are the stereotypical Puritan types, follow the rules to the point of legalism, don't listen to the kids, do your job, etc. The main character, Rejoice, is a teen girl who wants to study astronomy. Most of the adults don't see how that would help the colony at all, so she's "encouraged" to pursue something "useful."

The neatest part of
David Bergsland
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mid-school: cutting it slack
Yes, there’s some of that as the story gets going. This is a tale for pre-teens and teens. But once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. That is: I enjoyed it until it suddenly stopped just as it was getting interesting. Sometimes I dislike series a lot.

The world-building is intriguing and believable. It’s geared toward younger humans, but as an old, jaded reader, it was satisfying. I really like the story. The characters are complex, interesting, and very likable.

Kim O'Hara
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shatterworld drew me in more and more, the longer I read. The descriptions of an alien planet and an alien lifeform are amazing, particularly the chapters written from the alien point of view. The community of simple-living religious folk rings true-to-life, with well-rounded main and secondary characters who have deep backstories that are revealed gradually and wonderfully. The plot was engaging for me, as an adult, but is well within the reach of the middle-grade audience it aims for, despite ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shatterworld by Lelia Rose Foreman is an entertaining science fiction story for preteen readers. I was drawn into the story right from the start, although a little confused by the introduction of the alternate characters in chapter 4. Foreman does a good job of developing both sets of characters over time, though, and I enjoyed the way the two cultures/story lines were woven together as the story progressed. Considering this is book 1 of a series, the ending was satisfying and made sense. I turn ...more
Rebel Rider
I picked this book up from StoryCartel. I’d been wanting to read it for a while, so getting to review it gave me a good opportunity to snag the trilogy.
The concept of Shatterworld, a group of pacifist colonists going to a planet and finding aliens, intrigued me. It was something I’d never read before, so it was a refreshing change from my normal reading material. The one thing I disliked was it seemed like the scenes were a bit choppy, and the family conflict didn’t really mesh well with the al
Cyril Patrick Feerick
'Shatterworld' by Lelia Rose Foreman feels like YA sci-fi, though the writing does lend itself to younger readers. It had a strong, enjoyable narrative and nicely balanced dialogue. There was some religious aspects but nothing is rammed down your throat, or portrayed in a cringing fashion. There was a wonderful slow build of suspense to the final showdown, with action of all kinds in the sub-plots. Overall, it was an easy read with an interesting cast of characters. I think there’s appeal for bo ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you think of Science Fiction as a genre, you do not often add faith to that mix, but Shatterworld by Lelia Rose Foreman, does, and does it well. Science is explained the way young children can understand and relate to, which adds broadly to the age range for readers. No stereotypes allowed in this original story. Shatterworld builds a unique and well conceived world that is the new home to pilgrims fleeing from earth. They long for a simpler lifestyle and work to make their new earth, their ...more
Marc Secchia
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent sci-fi tale. Pilgrims colonise a new planet coupled with a very well-conceived first contact scenario. While ostensibly written for the younger set I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, right until what I felt was a very odd choice of place to end. The story had built up nicely, we had a plan to defeat an impending disaster, and suddenly it stops. I don't want to spoil so I won't say more than this, but you will need to be prepared to purchase the second book to hopefully find a satisfyin ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Even though this is written for a younger audience, anyone of any age would enjoy this story. There were so many layers to the story and that is what kept it intriguing and interesting. Rejoice was amazing and I loved how her mind worked. Every character in this book was interesting and unique; I wonder if it had something to do with their names. The names of the characters had you wondering if their name fit their personality. I was really interested in the Hexacrabs and their way o
Kate Beeman
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am such a fangirl for Lelia Rose Foreman after reading the first installment of this series. There is an effortless weaving of characters, worlds, and drama in Shatterworld. This is a savory read, head of the class in it's genre for being believable, holding truly honest characters, and being super scifi.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book with lots of detail, and surprises along the way. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends!
rated it really liked it
Mar 20, 2008
rated it really liked it
Dec 14, 2012
Leia Rose
Feb 16, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF 12%
James Lynam
rated it it was amazing
Jun 22, 2015
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Other books in the series

Shatterworld Trilogy (3 books)
  • Circumnavigation of Shatterworld (Shatterworld Trilogy #2)
  • Pacifists' War (Shatterworld Trilogy #3)