happypug12 added a book review.
This sequel to Tin Star was a deeply intense read; much more so than the first book, which was just Tula's walk in the park compared to what she goes through in this one. It starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up the pace when something happens: a lone starship crashes on Quint, the long depleted-of-all-resources and uninhabited world. The world that Tula can only stare at from her window. Until all of a sudden the mysterious figure (sorry, no spoilers!) who mistakenly crash-landed on the planet discovers that it is blooming with alin flowers–a rare, much-sought, flower that almost no one has. This attracts much attention–especially unwanted attention. Everything that happened from that point on caused Tula to become a fugitive, forced to leave the place she has called ":home" to escape her execution. And she still seeks revenge on Brother Blue. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is not a light book. There is death, war, revenge, poverty, and sadness all around, but overall it brought a good message–hope is not something you want to lose.