~ Synopsis ~
Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.
A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.
The highly anticipated sequel to Under Different Stars, winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards.
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE IS MARCH 31, 2015
~ Review by Angela ~
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, 47North, in exchange for an honest review.*
I have loved Amy Bartol’s books since I began reading the Premonition series way back when. However, when I started reading Under Different Stars, I was even more enamored with her. Yes, I love Evie and Reed and the rest of the gang, but there is something about Kricket and Trey and the world of Erath that speaks to my soul. Yes, you read right. This series affected me differently than the Premonition series. I’ll try to explain it as best as I can.
I think for me, the love between Trey and Kricket feels more emotionally driven and passionate. Some may argue that point with me, but read book 2 first before you comment. Amy intensified this in Sea of Stars. It’s not that she takes their relationship to a new level, it’s that she gets into the tiny little cracks and crevices of it. She puts a voice to their feelings and you can actually feel the little intricacies of their love. You can tell that she pours emotion into her writing and that there is a truth behind the words. The relationship feels real. Both Trey and Kricket are intelligent, strong, and I feel like I’m reading about real people.
One of my favorite parts of the book:
I don’t know what to think or feel. I say the first thing that comes to mind. “It just feels bad right now because your secret’s out. But it can’t be as bad as it was before, can it? It’s not like having your love be an unspeakable thing that you carry around – something you can only daydream about – about the places you’d be with him. You no longer have to hide behind pretend smiles whenever he’s near, hoping no on else will guess what he means to you – hoping he won’t guess, either, because he’s meant to be with someone else. You must have wondered if you’d ever have a real smile again, and it must have been torture when your paths remained aligned straight ahead, never allowed to intersect, just continuing with the same common symmetry pulling you to him but keeping you apart at the same time.”
“How do you know all of that about me?” she asks, stunned. “Is that one of your priestess gifts? Reading people.”
“No,” I laugh humorlessly. “I’ve just drowned in the dark before too.”
I said she took their relationship farther and she does. The way that she progresses their relationship to a more intimate place is beautiful. I was telling her that I was glad that she moved things to a physical relationship because it was time. If she had done the whole “Twilight” thing where they waited until marriage, it wouldn’t have felt real and would have been groan and eye roll inducing. You can’t be that intensely close to someone and go through the roller coaster that they have and NOT take it farther. I loved the scenes that she wrote. I thought they were alluring, romantic, sensual, and absolutely perfect. I know Amy is worried about the reaction to these moments by her readers, but I believe that it will all be for naught.
“You were inserting yourself into my heart was what you were doing. I never had dreams about anyone like the ones I’ve had about you. You are all I ever think about.”
“You and your stone heart.”
“It’s a paper heart now, like I told you before, and your name is written all over it.”
“I want it burned there permanently.”
“You brought me to the end of the Earth – then you made me jump off it with you. I can safely say that you stole me and my heart.”
“If it’s any consolation, you own mine,” he admits. “You should hear it beat when you’re near. My heart has a special rhythm for you.”
Sea of Stars is an emotionally charged, action packed, tumultuous ride that will leave you breathless, frustrated, and completely spent at the end. There is a cliff hanger because Amy is a sadistic literary drug dealer who supplies you with the “crack” and then takes it away and dangles it in front of you right after you are hooked. And I love her for it. What does that say about me?? 😉 I give Sea of Stars 5 books and I’d give it more if I could.