The Stuff of Stars is the second book in David Litwacks The Seekers series’, and it’s as unique, unpredictable and well-written as the first book.
This story takes place after Orah and Nathanial arrive on the other side of the ocean. They’re seeking the descendants of the Keepers, those who left the Keep—a receptacle for advanced knowledge now forbidden. They find them, but they’re not as they expected. Their world is falling into disrepair, their advanced technology able to be used by only one aging man. The other adults are trapped in the dream—a mental state where they leave their bodies to become pure mind. Only children inhabit the city, and others have joined the Earth Mother and her Greenies—those who have eschewed technology and left the city to live off the land. Orah had hoped to find technology to take home that would help her people, instead she and Nathaniel find themselves teaching the Greenies the basic skills they grew up with: how to weave and die fabric, and how to sew and reap grain to make bread. They also become the first to attempt to talk to the dreamers since an earthquake upset their machines and trapped them in the dream.
These are not light books; the mood is dark in this well-rendered and somewhat dour fantasy world, and yet I never once wanted to put the book down. The story kept me highly engaged and the prose was a delight to read. The overriding theme is the conflict between those who see technology as a god and those who see it as a demon. The author shows that the truth is in neither of the extremes.
This book, though a sequel, could be read as a standalone or the previous book could be read afterwards, because the story stands well on its own and anything important from the previous book is mentioned where its needed.
Another 5 star beauty from David Litwack.