Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Not quite as strong as Tin Star, but still very, very good. Tula Bane is a magnetic character, and her point of view is anything but dull. This, like Tin Star, has to stray into teen-love-triangle-dom (modern teen books apparently have to have a love triangle, and have a first person narrator), but Castellucci again barely (deftly) squirms out of that bear trap; the plot and characters stub out the love triangle bullshit and leave it dying at the end (i.e. it's not the main point). The plot zigs and zags a bit, but overall, this reminded me a really good mid-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and that's high praise from me.
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