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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 14 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: October 24, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MEHQIAF
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The Stuff of Stars: The Seekers, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Orah and Nathaniel have set off overseas in this adventure, looking for help for those beyond their shores. They have changed their own land, having changed how the vicars operate. No more teachings, the Keep has been opened to all, and people have finally had their minds opened to technology. But things are not working as fast as they should, the Vicars are starting to push the old ways again, and people are not learning as fast as they should. Technology has not been re-learnt, new inventions have not come into the land, in fact, the old ones have not much returned either, even with the help of the Keep. So Orah and Nathaniel set off to find those that can help across the see, and this is where this book really starts off. Orah and Nathaniel wake up on the other side of the world, their ship having been ship wrecked on the coast.
It is here that Orah and Nathaniel find out what happened to those that left and crossed the sea a 1000yrs before.
Litwack covers some interesting territory here, using Orah and Nathaniel to cover a variety of different topics such as the morality of AI, human interfaces with machines (as in transference of minds with machines) and how far we can go, the true meaning of ascendance, love and hate, as well as loss. He covers all of them with such exquisite language and dialogue, bringing such feeling to the story that you find yourself becoming so enamoured and engrossed.
This is a fascinating story of a search for knowledge, of two people trying to not only save themselves, but save the future of their community, their people, and possibly humanity. Of two people trying to seek knowledge of the old ways and learn of technology. In the first book, they had to battle against the Vicars to succeed, finally reaching their goals. In this one, they will face new challenges, some just as difficult, some greater than those they faced against the Vicars.
Throughout all of it though, there is the love that they have for each other, that keeps them strong, keeps them going, gives them the strength to face any challenge. Litwack writes so beautifully of the feelings they have for each other and the power it brings them. You can feel the love come through the pages as you read it.
If you read the first, you must read the second, and if you haven’t yet read this series, it is a must for any who are fans of works such as Wyndham’s the Chrysalids, The Tripods series, the Hunger Games and many others. Litwack’s writing is far superior in a lot of ways to a lot of other works, with his stunning language and prose, skilful dialogue, bringing his characters to life. This is not something to be missed.
The technos, those who still cling to knowledge and wonder, are struggling to survive. A cataclysm has claimed their best and brightest - locking them in the Dream - leaving only the very old and the very young who struggle to keep the city alive.
On the other hand, the greenies who have rejected technology, and those who have been cast out of the city, struggle to survive, barely being able to feed and clothe themselves.
Yet what the city has is still more advanced that anything in the Keep and Orah and Nathaniel must walk that thin line between the warring parties if they hope to return home - with or without their hoped-for tech.
The Stuff of Stars is a delicate web of desires and hatred, each party pulling for their own goals to the detriment of all else. It's told in Orah's voice, giving you the insight and folly of a young woman consumed with the goal of making her world a better place.
As with The Children of Darkness, Litwack pushes the narrative to balance the quest for truth and knowledge against the desire to be right, because in this dystopian world, to seek knowledge is synonymous with seeking the dark and destruction.
Many generations ago man all but destroyed the land and each other. Now the village of Little Pond is controlled by Vicars and Deacons who preach the evil of machines, but hide and keep a few of the more useful bits. Teenagers Thomas, Orah, and Nathaniel had left their village confident that somewhere is a collection of knowledge that will explain what happened.
This book picks up immediately from the first; Orah and Nathaniel crashing their boat on land across the ocean. They discover the people of this new land are as equally divided - those studying how to keep their highly technical life running, and those trying to learn how to live off the land. Covetted by both groups, Orah and Nathaniel try to help both sides, even as there is betrayal within the groups. Reluctantly informed of people called "dreamers," the question asked by everyone is if those people are alive, dead or somewhere in between.
Geared more towards young adults and teenagers, the stories are simply, but effectively, told. While the Vicars and Deacons have unusual ideas of punishment for infractions that could lead to "the darkness" returning, the worst punishment is not likely to give the modern reader trouble. There is no great evil or soaring goodness, but rather shadows of what could be much worse in an adult-oriented book.
The characters of Orah and Nathaniel are not especially delineated; too simply drawn for main characters. It's hard to tell even what age they are. Either they're older than I thought and not particularly bright, or younger than I thought and precocious. Sometimes they're enthralled with learning as much as they can, and others they are dismayed and defeated by trying to learn something new. Both characters shine when they are instructing the "greenies" in skills like recognizing what is edible and how make their own clothes, but crossing an ocean is a long way to come teach basket weaving.
All the characters have a role to play and all are easily recognizable: the damaged character, the oppressive character, the plucky one, the angry one, and so on. We aren't given much background on these other characters, and major life changing events are glossed over. The general trope of children saving the world stretches a bit, but I was pleased to see that not everything the children set in motion continues.
That being said, the story is appealing. Characters move briskly through the plot and action scenes are brief and rapidly settled. An easy read with a bit of a different slant on the typical dystopian story. The book ends cleanly, and while it's obviously set up to continue in the next volume, there is no cliffhanger or abrupt conclusion. Through the story it's intimated that things back in Little Pond are not going as well as hoped, so there is room for greater conflict in the next volume.