Monday, February 23, 2015

Review & #Giveaway - Stone in the Sky (Tin Star #2) by Cecil Castellucci

Release date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Author links: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

His name, even the color, filled me with a furious fire of pure hatred.

Years ago, Tula Bane was beaten and left for dead on a remote space station far from Earth, her home planet. She started with nothing and had no one, but over time, she found a home, a family, and even love. When it's discovered that the abandoned planet beneath the station is abundant with a rare and valuable resource, aliens from across the galaxy race over to strike it rich. With them comes trouble, like the man who nearly killed Tula years ago—the man she has dreamed of destroying ever since.

In this sequel to Tin Star, Cecil Castellucci takes readers on an extraordinary adventure through space in a thrilling and thoughtful exploration of what it means to love, to hate, and to be human.


I'm admittedly not an avid YA reader. Occasionally, there are some young adult novels that grab my attention and I know I have to read them. This is how I felt about Castellucci's Tin Star series. It's unique YA science fiction with a smart, independent female lead and an antagonist you can truly hate. 

During Stone in the Sky, I enjoyed Tula's travels through space as she meets a variety of alien creatures and does her best to avoid trouble. Just like in Tin Star, Tula proves to be resilient and resourceful and picks herself right back up whenever she's knocked down. 

I also enjoyed the many changes that were made throughout the story with Quint, Brother Blue, Tula's relationships, and the characters she is reunited with.

I did find that this sequel had a rocky beginning and I initially had a hard time getting into the story. Also, there were some things that I didn't feel were fully explained and some that I found difficult to believe. But despite these flaws, I still really enjoyed the story and I'm thankful that I discovered this series.

Stone in the Sky was an entertaining read with great characters and an interesting storyline. I loved Tula and was pleased with how her journey ended. This is a sci-fi YA series that I would recommend reading. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star and Odd Duck. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN,, and various anthologies including, Teeth, After and Interfictions 2. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and a two time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Rachel Hoyt said...

This is one series I've had on the edge of my radar for a long time, but I didn't hear too much about the first so it kind of fell off till I saw more about this one. I've heard some good things, your review included now, and it sounds good. Shame it started off slowly, but who doesn't love a good strong heroine? :) I love the final line of the synopsis, too--shivers.

Rachel @ Paper Cuts

Braine TS said...

Not for me. For some reason I can't wrap my head around sci-fi. But it's good that you enjoyed it.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Rachel - I loved Tin Star, but I didn't see many other reviews for it at the time either. Yes, a good strong heroine is a must =)

Braine - This series isn't as complicated with the sci-fi tech and terms like the adult sci-fi novels I read. But I understand that this genre isn't for everyone.

sarah said...

I haven't heard that much about this series but it looks like the kind I would enjoy reading.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Sounds neat. Thank you for sharing a new read with us. :)

Jessica at Rabid Reads said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've had Tin Star on my wishlist since it came out last year ;)

Barbara E. said...

I've had Tin Star on my wish list and just haven't had the chance to pick it up yet. It would be really awesome to win both books. :D

fishgirl182 said...

I really need to start this series. I have heard good things and I love the name Tula.

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