Series: Tin Star #2
Author: Cecil Castelluci
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Received: For Review from Macmillan (Thank You!)
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.
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Tin Star was an excellent space drama that was so different from anything I had read. I was very excited to get back into this world and read the sequel. Stone in the Sky was a quick read, but was very different from Tin Star. Stone in the Sky has a much more mature tone and expanded upon the world quite significantly.
Tula Bane is such a strong character. You can see her growth in this book is evident. She doesn't someone to protect her and she doesn't have to live in the under belly of Yertina Feray. Tula's revenge plot is her major fuel compared to survival of the last book. I had hardcore shipped Tournor and Tula in the last book. I even loved that Tula questioned their relationship. I think some could classify that there was a bit of a love triangle in this book, but I think it came down to Tula questioning an interspecies. There were so many characters that were introduced in this book and even more characters from the first book that I totally didn't expect to see again.
The world building in this series was amazing. It reminds me a lot of Star Wars in the size of it. I loved seeing all of these crazy looking aliens in my head. This is the reason why I don't think this book is for everyone because it is strange and quite different from most YA science fiction.
I really enjoyed that this was a duology. I loved how everything wrapped up and concluded. Everything that I wanted happened.
There aren't many YA Science Fiction with aliens set in space. I can count the ones I know on one hand. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for something different. If you want something with a Star Wars vibe, but still very YA I think this series would be great for you.