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Title: The Cerulean
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.
But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.
Review: Going into this book I wasn’t completely sure what it was about. I basically saw Amy Ewing and I was sold because I loved her Lone City trilogy. This book had more of a sci-fi edge to it, which usually turns me right off because books with space and aliens don’t interest me much. I’m not sure what I would compare this to, but it felt like I was reading a weird mash-up of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and the House of Night series. The cerulean also had glowing fingers and I couldn’t stop thinking about E.T.
When I first started this book I felt like I had more questions than answers. Everything about the Cerulean felt kind of explained away and very surface level. While they are not outwardly described as aliens, they do travel from planet to planet stealing resources. They are low-key parasites. There are four POV’s in this book and it goes back and forth between them and while I can see the author was trying to get the most out of the story, I felt like I needed more. I was disappointed in the use of the characters throughout the story. The main character was put on a back burner while a brother and sister stole the spotlight.
There were also heavy tones of racism and sexism throughout the book as well. I felt very uncomfortable reading it once I picked up on it and it was impossible not to think about.
I honestly thought I would enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t for me. Nothing really stood out to me and I was just very confused in general. While there were some interesting magical elements, there was a lot of untapped potential.