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Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci ARC {4 Stars}

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci is the sequel to Tin Star, but where Tin Star was lonely and introspective, Stone in the Sky is action-packed and addictive. I am so glad that I took the advice of other reviewers (Christina!) and dove into Stone in the Sky because once I was past the chapter of info-dumps, I couldn’t put Stone in the Sky down. I stayed up until 3am reading when I had meant to read just a few chapters and then I finished the next night :D. If you are a fan of space adventures and hard sci-fi with romance, just jump right into Stone in the Sky, no real need to read the first book!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Stone in the Sky from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci ARC {4 Stars}

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star #2)
Published by Roaring Brook Press on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I can’t emphasize enough how much more action Stone in the Sky has than its predecessor. Because of the “gold rush” when this very valuable resource is discovered on the planet, there are loads of aliens around, betrayal, a desperate quest to save lost friends, and really everything I want in a space adventure :D.
  • The romance in Stone in the Sky is developed a lot. I was thrown a bit by the romantic development in Tin Star, but Stone in the Sky sold it for me completely. I loved how Tula had to deal with the different customs and physicality of desire when dating an alien, haha!
  • In Stone in the Sky we finally get to explore the galaxy and meet all these people that were only referenced previously. There are Wanderers, which are humans that left Earth and are never allowed to return so they just hitch from spaceship to spaceship. There are lots and lots of aliens to meet. There are cool planets to explore (including the planet of bug people!). Stone in the Sky does a marvelous job of portraying a rich and realistic galaxy full of aliens that are not at all like humans.
  • There is something about Stone in the Sky that is just downright addictive. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and was excited to sink back in whenever I had to break for sleep ;-).
  • Stone in the Sky has a sweet message about found family as well as the bond between siblings and friends.
  • If you’re looking for a fast and fun read, Stone in the Sky is it. It’s pretty darn short as it is, and when that’s added to the addictive nature, you could easily finish Stone in the Sky in an afternoon!

Weaknesses:

  • Strangely, there is definitely a love triangle in Stone in the Sky. It is handled in a way that didn’t horrendously annoy me since both guys offered Tula different things and were kind of okay with both being in her life, but I just didn’t want it there.
  • Stone in the Sky continues the odd writing style of Tin Star where sentences feel really choppy almost to the point of seeming like there had to be a typo somewhere. But it definitely can’t be due to my reading an ARC since it seemed purposeful in the end. It didn’t work great for me, but I dealt with it.
  • There was another strange aspect to Stone in the Sky in that the narration would mention something cool happened, but not delve into the actual event. I found myself fairly frequently wishing that pages had been added so that the good parts could have been actually detailed instead of just mentioned. Why would she skip the coolest parts???
  • The first chapter or two of Stone in the Sky is FILLED with info dumping that completely recaps Tin Star. It was kind of useful but so so so clunky and annoying. I actually skipped parts because it was a freaking book report!

Summary:

Stone in the Sky was an exceedingly pleasant surprise after my dislike of the first book! I definitely recommend you give it a try if you liked the ideas of Tin Star but not the execution. Stone in the Sky is a welcome addition to YA since it needs more hard sci-fi ;-). If you haven’t read Tin Star, you really don’t need to since Stone in the Sky recaps it completely and then you can have a fun adventure :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci

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Comments

  1. Every time I almost pick up Tin Star, something else catches my eye, which is a pity, because I really do want to give it a shot.
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    • I know the feeling. Just remember that if you end up bored with it, Stone in the Sky is a good place to start too ;-)

  2. I haven’t read the first book but I keep hearing that this book is much better and that you don’t need to read the first because of the info dumping.
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  3. I haven’t read either book, but I’m still debating on if I want to based on the review. I’ll keep thinking about it and maybe someday grab it from the library :)

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