Title: Stone in the Sky
Series: Tin Star #2
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press | Macmillan
Publication Date: February 24th 2015
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-Book
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In this thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky.
After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it’s discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula’s worst enemy.
As with the Tin Star, the first in this 2 book series, I was expecting a lot out of this read due to the incredible promise of the plot and setting. I love science fiction and I love stories that really delve into the meaning of humanity and interpersonal relationships…and this series has both in spades. The world building is amazing in this series and one of the reasons that I kept reading despite my other peeves.
That’s why it is so hard for me to figure out why I haven’t loved this series. One reason I can easily account for. The writing style. This reads a lot more like Middle Grade than Young Adult to me. The sentences are all short and choppy. The dialogue sometimes feels very forced…it’s really hared to let oneself go and sink into this one comfortably.
Tula is a great heroine…spunky and smart…she succeeds where few would and someone always manages to maintain her principles. She does however make loads of decisions that just strike me as too immature and make me doubt how she managed to build herself up so high so quickly.
My favorite secondary character is no longer with us after the ending of Tin Star, but there are a few interesting ones in Stone in the Sky. This is perhaps where Cecil Castellucci shines the most. She builds such a diverse cast and I love seeing how they all interact and how their relationships grow in this enclosed hot bed that they live on.When their world opens up a bit more…we start facing an oddly entertaining love triangle. I hesitate to even call it that because romance is so not the focus of this book and I can’t even say that I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I did however enjoy seeing how the characters human and alien dealt with their situations and I loved the ending.