The Cerulean, Amy Ewing – Readalong

Hello Humans! I don’t know if it feels the same to you, but it feels like an age since I read The Ask and the Answer and promised a readalong for The Cerulean. Well…it’s finally happening. I’ve had to sit down and do some serious reading organisation because I was feeling simultaneously overwhelmed by my ARC TBR and my owned TBR. But it is at last time to read a book that I have coveted since I first saw the cover!

The CeruleanGoodreads Summary:

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.

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Part One

Ok. So far…not a huge amount to report. I like the world building. I like having an alien protagonist, that’s quite cool. And the idea of a world tethered to another is also interesting (of course I’m predicting that they will discover they were not wonderful but were in fact killing the people below in some way-but maybe I’m a cynic). It’s interesting. Everyone who is Cerulean is presented as female, they are hatched/born from a triad of three mothers and then go on to form triads themselves. Which is all lovely and nicer than some other societies I have read. But our protagonist Sera hasn’t ever really felt like she loved any of the other Cerulean and while she could be ace apparently she has a secret desire. So I’m currently wondering if her secret desire is in fact men (whom…as far as I can tell, she has never met). Is this doing the ‘how do I tell my parents I’m straight?’ Subversion? Because I don’t know how I feel about that. I guess we’ll have to see where part two takes us.

Part Two

Ok. So. Weird. Part two is dual POV between some people on the ground below, two siblings Leo and Agnes. What seems to be the focus is just how hot Leo is. Not attractive- though that would be interesting. It seems Leo is mostly just very warm. Agnes seems like a great egg, a scientist with a lab in her wardrobe and a secret application to university. Agnes I can get on board with. But their father seems like a pain of epic proportions and there’s also something about a theatrical production? I’m very confused about who is and is not an alien and who is native and I’m just going to stick it out and see where this goes. So yeah, nothing bad so far but some confusing choices. (And one use of ‘less’ instead of ‘fewer’ but that’s me being pedantic).

Part Three

Hmmmm. Not sure what to think. I mean one of the things I predicted came true. And while flipping the coming out narrative is annoying (to me) there is still at least one gay character – a fact in which I am finding solice.
I’m just really worried that Sera and Leo are going to end up together. Partly because it’s so predictable but mostly because so far Leo seems like a complicit wang where this story is concerned and frankly Sera can do better. It’s fine to have him say ‘she seems terrified’ in his POV but he’s still just letting his evil father cart her around and stick needles in her all the time. Noticing things are bad and not doing anything is pretty much as bad as doing them in my book and I’m not seeing myself coming round to the idea of Leo any time soon. So my vote is that Leo is crushed under the weight of the patriarchy he upholds and some other male can get with Sera. Let the bookish gods smile upon me as I enter part four.

Part Four

Well, since this part took place in the city above with Sera’s bestie uncovering the secrets of the world in which she was raised there was, thankfully, no Leo to worry about! I’m beginning to feel like this book is really mostly going to be set up for the sequel, just based on how much is left? That’s not a problem- if it means better character development I’m all here for it. But it feels like not too much has happened beyond setting up different settings and characters.
Then again, I’ve been mostly wrong about most things so far so what do I know?

Part Five

We appear to be reaching Leo’s redemption and I’m so not in the mood for it. But that’s where the book seems to be going so I guess I’m along for the ride. Agnes and Sera continue to be pretty great characters and I’m very much invested in almost every aspect of the plot (not you Leo). But yeah, there aren’t many pages left so I don’t know where this is going to end and how long I’m going to be waiting to solve these mysteries. Only one way to find out- keep reading!

Part Six

There was the plot drop we’ve been waiting for! I won’t spoil anything by going on for too long but that was a mixed bag of things I expected, wanted and so forth.

Final verdict

I had a good time reading this. While I got very fed up with Leo and secretly hope that in book two he is shunned to side character, the rest of this book is pretty good. It’s a nice mix of settings and characters and so forth. I’ll be really interested to see where book two will fit in, how the two will slot together and how that’ll affect the pacing.
So yeah, if you’re wondering whether this book is just a pretty cover I’d say it’s more than that, there’s some great ideas and some great writing beneath the glossy blue.

My rating: 4/5 stars

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What will the TBR jar pick next?

Dragon of Ash and Stars

Ok, Dragon of Ash and Stars was one of those whimmy Kindle purchases that I have absolutely no expectations for! My Kindle TBR is one of my biggest background stresses because I can’t ever see how sprawling it has become – so it’ll be good to whittle it down somewhat!

I’ll see you soon for my readalong for this Dragon autobiography! In the meantime – let me know what you thought about today’s readalong in the comments below!


2 thoughts on “The Cerulean, Amy Ewing – Readalong

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    1. I think it’s pretty fun – not setting the world ablaze or anything but it’s a nice YA book. Maybe wait until both books are out – it’s one of those weirdly paced duologies where I think having the end to the second one is actually pretty important (I’ll let you know if/when I read it!)


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