Today I have a very special post for y’all! I recently had the chance to read Stone In The Sky y Cecil Castelluci for the blog tour, and today I have both a review AND an interview to share. I definitely recommend this series, especially if you enjoy sci-fi.
About The Book:
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.
Second books don’t always live up to their predecessors, but this definitely wasn’t the case for Stone In The Sky. I enjoyed the first book, Tin Star, but the sequel completely blew me away!
Tula Bane is a great main character. She’s brave and easy to understand and connect with. The entire cast was very well-developed, and I felt like I understood each character and their motivations. I rarely read sci-fi and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the aliens, but the author pulled it off really well.
There is a love triangle between Tula and the two love interests: Reza (a human) and Tournour (an alien). I love how the romance managed to remain an important element of Tula’s life without taking over the plot. Tula knew that she was strong enough without a man by her side, which was great!
One of the things that most impressed me about Stone In The Sky is how unpredictable it is! I never knew what was going to happen next, which is an amazing feeling to have while reading. At any moment, anything might happen. Alas, I cannot say anymore for fear of accidentally spoiling something.
The one issue I had, really, was the ending. It all happened so fast! Overall, Stone In The Sky was a great book, though, and I definitely recommend it.
Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star and Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon).
I love the concept behind Tin Star, and Stone in the Sky. Could you share a little bit about what inspired these books?
The seed of the idea for the series was inspired by the film Casablanca and old gold rush era Western movies. With Tin Star, I was thinking a lot about people trying to flee from a terrible invading force and being sort of stuck in limbo in a place. Using those Vichy politics from WWII kind of laid a framework for the Imperium and the tricky situation that someone like Tournour finds himself in. I also wondered what it would be like to be leave home to never return. I often find that in sci fi books, we the humans are the center of the galaxy. I wanted to explore what it was like to be the alien. Tula has to shed her humanity in order to survive but ultimately its her humanness that is going to save her. As for Stone in the Sky, I was interested in having the map change. A gold rush certainly makes a place that was previously ignored the center of attention.
Tula was such a great character! How do you think you’re~similar to/ different from her?
What would you do in Tula’s situation?
Thank you! I think I’m similar to her in the sense that I am a terrible fighter. Would totally lose in a hocht. But I would probably be able to endear myself to a few aliens because I’m a bit social. I think she had a good thing when she hooked up with Heckleck to run errands with him. I would follow Tula’s lead. Then again, I don’t know that I would have survived Brother Blue’s beating. I think Tula is a bit grittier than I am. She’s made of tough stuff. I think what I love about her is how she adapts to survive and also how big her heart is.
Where do you like to write? What does your writing routine look like?
I switch up where I write. Depending on where I am in the process, I will either sit in my house on my porch in the sun. (sorry, Canada! It’s very sunny here in Los Angeles!) But I go stir crazy being all by myself, so a lot of times I go to a café and work with a bunch of friends of mine who are writers as well. We kind of keep each other real and on target by being together. I don’t have a set amount of time or a word count that I have to reach each day. I just try to get it done. And I like to set deadlines for myself.