Stone in the Sky by Cecil CastellucciStone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci

Stone in the Sky

byCecil Castellucci

Hardcover | February 24, 2015

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Brother Blue.
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.

Cecil Castellucci is the two-time MacDowell fellow and award winning author of many books and graphic novels for young people, including Tin Star (a 2015 Sunburst Award winner), Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, and Star Wars: Moving Target - A Princess Leia Adventure.
Title:Stone in the SkyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.53 × 5.79 × 1.05 inPublished:February 24, 2015Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1596437766

ISBN - 13:9781596437760


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! The sequel to TIN STAR, Tula Bane continues to be an excellent, realistic character. The love triangle continued from the first book is heartbreaking and also joyous. I still love the aliens and worldbuilding (galaxybuilding?) that takes place in subtle but distinct ways. It felt different from the first book, there's more focus on journey, and there's more focus on politics. But I still loved reading it and the ending was so good, so satisfying. The two books together are a fantastic sci-fi read with awesome alien/human romance, and a main character who is torn between definitions of herself and her species.
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After As much as I enjoyed Tin Star last year, the ending left me feeling like I needed (and wanted) something more to the story. Fortunately for me, Stone in the Sky quickly followed and as a sequel it absolutely delivered in every way I hoped it would. Reasons to Read: 1. Incredible world building: While Tin Star introduced us to a breathtaking sci fi world, Stone in the Sky fills us in on all the details. Tula ends up leaving the Yertina Feray and we get to explore the galaxy with her as she embarks on a continuation of her adventure. And this is where the story really shines, because it becomes clear that while there are only two relatively short books in the Tin Star series, Cecil has clearly put in a significant amount of time with creating and developing a world in which Tula's stories take place. 2. Huge revelations for the plot: Tula had her own theories about Brother Blue and the Human colonies as set out in Tin Star, but I really appreciate a story that clearly follows up on those questions and provides some answers. We don't get to find out everything, but the story is certainly resolved and satisfying. I had so many questions while reading the first book and I was so pleased to see they were answered in Stone in the Sky. But more importantly, I loved how thoughtful and complex the story was. 3. A thoughtful look at humanity: Tula often considers and compares Humans to the other aliens she encounters. She's a thoughtful character, and her responses and comments on other species are truly fascinating. This comparison also serves a purpose as it reveals more about humanity and Tula's own character. We can see how we take certain traits for granted, which are not shared by other alien species. And interestingly, this reveals more about why Tula has reacted in such a way to the events in her life. Cecil Castelluci writes brilliant sci fi books, and while these are not the most action-oriented books they are some of the most thought-provoking and complex YA books available. They are written beautifully and feature lovely prose and subtle ideas incorporated within the overarching story. I would advise readers that this is not a fast-paced series, so readers should not expect that nor turn to the Tin Star books for that type of read. These are books that can be read at a slower pace, in order to be truly appreciated and so as to not miss any of the fine details! ARC received from publisher for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stone in the Sky Stone in the Sky, like its predecessor, explores what it is to be Human, what it is to struggle to find your place in the world and among the stars. It explores what home is, whether it be a person or a place, and how much Humans crave having a place to call their own. It's been more than a year since Tula became the only Human on Yertina Feray again. More than a year since Brother Blue tried to kill her, again, when she threatened to expose his con. More than a year since she finally found her place on the station. But Brother Blue would always be a threat as long as he was alive, and now that he's returned, Tula's forced to fight back again. It's not as easy this time. She struggles even more than before, searching, waiting. She's still resourceful, still smart, still Tula. But this journey seems so much harder on her. What was refreshing about the first book was the lack of romance. Years apart from Humans, Tula had no idea how to react around them, but they made her feel again. Made her feel Human again. She didn't want it, didn't want to be vulnerable again, but she still craved being around them. She wasn't as alone with them around. There's just as much romance here, but this time around I longed for it. Because the story continues, I wanted more of it. After the first book I wanted her to be happy, and she was, but that would never last. After Tin Star, only part of Tula's story had been told. The romance here makes me happy. Tula is torn because both give her something she's needed after years of being alone. Both make her feel. Because of the story, because of Tula, it works. There's a lot to be said about the resiliency of Humans, about our ways of continuing on and coming together in times of great hardship. About how manipulative and sneaky we can be. Our greatest traits and worst flaws come together to show what imperfect creatures we are. This duology has been such a journey, it couldn't have ended better.
Date published: 2015-02-17

Editorial Reviews

"[Castellucci's] crafted a gutsy heroine who comes into her own here, learning to navigate interspecies politics and affairs of the heart, all while grappling with what it means to be Human." -The Horn Book

"An exciting and compelling read." -BCCB

"A great book for readers who enjoy traditional science fiction titles." -SLJ

"Tolerance and diversity are the themes that propel this science fiction saga." -VOYA