The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers, #2)

The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers, #2)

by David Litwack

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If the Seekers fail this time, they risk not a stoning, but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction
WINNER: Feathered Quill Book Award - Gold Medal: Science Fiction/Fantasy
WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Silver Medal - Young Adult Sci-Fi

"But what are we without dreams?"

Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.

Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters' kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.

The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. The cost of failure: unimaginable.

Kirkus Reviews: "In this YA sci-fi sequel, Litwack pushes his characters into new physical, mental, and emotional realms as they encounter an unusual, tech-based society. A grand, revelatory saga that continues to unfold."

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the multiple award-winning second book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews  This is a series you do not want to miss. [Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Religion - DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

  • The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)
  • The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)
  • The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
  • Along the Watchtower

More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:

  • The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler
  • The "Red Death" Series by Jeff Altabef
  • The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
  • The "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153261775
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/28/2015
Series: The Seekers , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 927 KB

About the Author

The urge to write first struck me when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But I was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, I religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into my twenties. Then life intervened. I paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When I found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

There Comes a Prophet, published in July 2012, was the first novel in this new stage of life. It will be re-released by Evolved Publishing as The Children of Darkness, the first book in the series The Seekers. My second, Along the Watchtower, came out in June 2013, and my third book, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky (refer to first paragraph above), released in May 2014.

My wife and I split our time between Cape Cod, Florida, and anywhere else that catches our fancy. I no longer limit myself to five pages a day and am thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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The Stuff of Stars 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
"The Stuff of Stars” had such great FLOW from beginning to end. Never a dull moment, and every scene smoothly transitioned to the next, making it really hard to ever put down, as I was always totally engrossed in this story. And wow, what a creative and original plot! I’m so impressed with this author (twice now!), and I love how he brings so many cool elements together in an awesome mesh of high stakes tension, mind bending settings and characters, and a great cohesive storyline tying it all together which is no easy feat, especially with a novel on this depth and magnitude that is a continuation of a series. Perfect editing and a polished presentation from beginning to end. If you like YA dystopia with a fantastical edge, you must give this book and series a try.
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
"The Stuff of Stars” by David Litwack was a different type of book for me as I’m not a huge fantasy-dystopian reader, although I do enjoy the genre. I’d read and enjoyed a few other of Litwack’s novels, and liked the first one in this series, “The Children of Darkness” . So I thought I’d give this a try and see how I liked it. That said, here are my thoughts: I liked that it was fast-paced and with plenty of action and it wasn’t predictable at all… and it kept my attention the whole way through. I don’t think I was able to stop reading the last 30% or so! There were many characters, and I don’t always feel like they were all that fleshed out. At one point it just seemed like “names” doing the talking/action but I had no real concept of the individual personalities, looks, etc… I did appreciate the intelligent, multi-layered plot – it forces you to pay attention and think – actively engage with the story. So not some easy breezy fluff beach read. To my surprise I found myself really sucked into the story, so much so that I shed a few tears and may have cursed a few characters along the way. Was satisfied with the ending, but not *happy* if that makes sense. But it’s okay…. Overall an enjoyable read that I’d recommend to others, and I’m really glad I gave it a shot. Will read more from David Litwack anytime.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
I think it is fairly safe to say that no one will ever accuse David Litwack of not having an extremely vivid and deep imagination! This was one of the most “surreal-yet-real” books I’ve read in recent memory, and half the time I felt like I was on some sort of literary acid trip (in a good way!) The way the action came together and all the characters it kept me captivated, even though there were times where I worried the story had gone off track. It always managed to get reeled back in, and by the last quarter or so of the novel my fingers were turning the pages like crazy! I had to see what would happen next and even though I was hoping for a bit more of a different ending, the resolution was appropriate. I’d recommend this book for fans of YA Fantasy, but it would also appeal to readers who like anything different that makes them think outside the box for a bit and with beautiful writing.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
I’ve become familiar with author David Litwack over the past few years as I have read several of his novels and been genuinely impressed with each and every one of them, and “The Stuff of Stars” was no exception – in fact if anything I think it’s his best work to date! Mr. Litwack has done an admirable job of ramping up tension and giving the characters some pretty complicated, impossible obstacles to overcome. The world building is brilliant, and even a little frightening, but in a good way. Fast-paced and well written and surprisingly relevant (as all good dystopian. SciFi’s are…), “The Stuff of Stars” had me hooked the whole way through and I only hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next installment. This is the second book of the series so do yourself a favor and read them both. It is time well spent!
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
For me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a novel and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling HIS story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors in their genre. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Mr. Litwacks’s writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a much more seasoned pro… I know he’s written other books, but this feels, reads, and presents like a master of his craft. The characters had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in a novel of this depth and magnitude of complex issues that are clear enough to resonate with the reader, but not so heavy as to beat them over the head with it— subtle nuance that is rare and appreciated. A great read, and will be looking for the next one from him. Recommend for older teens through adults
SDecker More than 1 year ago
although I did really enjoy “The Stuff of Stars” by David Litwack for its multifaceted, complex storylines and originality of characters, I thought the story jumps around a lot from event to event, place to place, and I sometimes found myself a bit disoriented as to what exactly was happening and why… The plot was very original and interesting, I thought just some parts were perhaps a bit too convoluted for my personal tastes. I tend to get frustrated when reading if there are too many characters involved, but I don’t feel like I really understand them all that well… that happened with me here a few times. But the ones I had figured out I thought were explained really well, and I was curious to see everyone’s fates. The conclusion was satisfying and not forced and sets the stage for the next part of Orah and Nathanial’s journey, and I can say with all honesty that despite a few flaws I had a good time reading this book, and think the author is mad creative!
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up “The Stuff of Stars” by David Litwack because I have a lot of conflicting impressions about it. Some parts I thought were downright amazing and perfectly executed, beautifully written and profoundly emotional and insightful in relation to ‘real life’—surprisingly so. Sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered a bit and felt too slow. There was a dark psychological element that was powerful, and spoke to me on a deeper level than just a run-of-the-mill dystopian. There were great characters who added to the overall story, but some who just seemed to take up space and I didn’t feel enough of a connection. In the beginning it took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on until I was refreshed enough in the events of the prior book, but I do commend Mr. Litwack for the way he gradually did the word building, as opposed to dumping it all on us at once. When I was done, I will say that I enjoyed the experience, and because I feel like I’ve invested so much in this series, I would read more books when they become available.
TabithaP1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I personally think that “The Stuff of Stars” by David Litwack is one of those rare books that will appeal to fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike (like how everyone loves “Star Wars” even if you aren’t a science fiction geek). Actually the whole series is like that (this is book 2 in THE SEEKERS series) It just tells a darn good story and comes at you from so many different angles you don’t even know what hits you…. Litwack demonstrates considerable talent for penning a fabulous story that almost anyone who reads it will connect to. It has a good, positive message, secrets, danger, action, intrigue, and creative characters and amazing energy! I chuckled at several points, and almost cried at others. I think the author is highly creative and has beautiful, passionate narration skills and can deliver the emotional payoff. So even if you aren’t a die-hard fantasy or scifi fan, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
"The Seekers: The Stuff of Stars” is a great book that felt comfortable and familiar, but still original and unique in its own way I read the first one a few months back and really enjoyed it so was eager to revisit this world that Author David Litwack created— a wonderful, bizarre, interesting world that once we visit, we don’t want to leave anytime soon! Some of the best characters I’ve encountered in a long time (love Annabel and Orah), anywhere, and I thought the descriptions and characters were wonderful, and could picture everything happening perfectly. I think the story as a whole could have benefitted from some tightening, and at times it seemed to lose some focus… just didn’t have the sense of urgency that I love when reading a novel, especially one that is YA. This has action and character development and a worthy quest with great heroes, just wish it could have more danger and emotional challenges to overcome.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars overall I enjoyed this book, “The Stuff of Stars” (The Seekers book 2) . I’ve read other novels by Litwack and he can certainly write. And the editing and formatting is flawless, rare for ebooks these days. I liked that for a fantasy/dystopian, while there were clearly some fantastical elements, the plot and the characters roles felt believable and relatable to a modern society… Good v. evil, us vs. them, right vs wring, nature vs. tech…. The pacing was solid, and the characters felt real and three dimensional. The world-building was inspired and picturesque, and described in vivid and creative way. What I didn’t like, however, was the fact that I felt the real action and tension took too long to really get started, and that a good portion of the beginning feels like things were too ‘safe’. Took too long to feel real tension or high stakes, like where I felt I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. And some parts felt really dark, for lack of a better word, and I wasn’t happy with the fates of some characters. Just disappointing. But it does pack an emotional punch and has a whole lot of story in these pages. Will be happy to read more from Litwack.
essieh More than 1 year ago
I’ve read a few books now by David Litwack and thought they were all written well and very creative, even if the plot itself didn’t blow me away. However, in “The Stuff of Stars” color me impressed!!! Once again I was impressed with the author’s narrative skills, but this one combined with a vivid imagination, a profound wisdom of love, hate, and human nature, action and adventure, tech vs. nature… and you have a truly unforgettable book that surpassed even my loftiest expectations. I found this installment to be superior in terms of pacing and overall tightness of prose. I never felt myself wandering away from the story, but was invested all the way through, which is pretty amazing considering I have a terrible attention span. The character development was fantastic and detailed, and I appreciate the well-roundedness of the players – no one is flatly “good” or “bad”, and we see their strengths and weaknesses. A compelling read, one I wholeheartedly recommend.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "The Seekers: The Stuff of Stars” by David Litwack was an enchanting and compelling read with cultural and intellectual depth that will appeal to lovers of dystopian and drama alike. It is highly inventive and imaginative, with clear, crisp writing and an engaging tone. All the characters stand out in their own ways, and are fully realized and not simply stock characters. Litwack doesn’t just tell an empty story of action and romance, it has deeper meanings, how we treat each other, and can view life differently from others but it isn’t always all ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but he tells his own story in a fresh way that makes the characters’ journey unpredictable and interesting. This is the second in the “Seekers” series and while it can probably be read on its own, I highly suggest you read “Children of Darkness” first so as to get to know Orah and Nathanial and their roles as they try to save the Keep. Definitely worth a read and I’m eager for more.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
I praise “The Seekers: The Stuff of Stars” by D. Litwack not just for the fine writing and clean editing (THANK YOU!!) but also for the deeply emotional and multi-layered complexity of themes that made it such a rich and rewarding reading experience. Rarely do I get so sucked into books like this where it feels like every page is something that affects me on some level, whether just enjoying the lovely prose, or being mad at characters, or worrying about them, or laughing at something they said, or realizing what a true to life reflection the themes convey. All we see is people taking ‘sides’ each convinced they are the only right ones and fighting against those who believe differently.… I like that this book has us look at things differently, but without being preachy or heavy handed. Ready for more from this amazing series and can’t recommend highly enough to fans of the genre.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
"The Seekers: the Stuff of Stars ” from David Litwack delivers on the things I like in a book – great writing, vivid, atmospheric scenery that transports me to another time and place, characters I can connect to on some level, and plots that are complex enough to challenge me and make me think, but not so convoluted so that I need to be taking notes as I go along (although I do admit to losing track of some characters from time to time…)This is a long and story-packed book where so much happens, and there are so many cool characters and ideas, it’s hard to describe, you just have to experience it for yourself. Liked the overall theme of technology vs. nature as this is something that we actually deal with in the real world, and this gave an interesting “fantasy’ perspective of the struggle for the balance. I can’t wait to see what happens with the next books, although this novel does seem to work as a standalone I hope there will be more!
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
Usually I tend to gravitate towards more literary, romance, or “adult” novels, but I like this author from another book of his I’d read so even though young adult fantasy isn’t really my thing, I decided to give it a shot. Well, I can definitely say that a lot of people would love this book! First off the characters are awesome, and I liked the relationship with Orah and Nathanial and Thomas and their quest to find the help needed to save their people. But there is also so much good action and interesting sci-fi elements and intelligent plot devices to keep us invested emotionally and mentally all the way through. There are a lot of characters, some more fleshed out than others, but all are realistic enough and don’t seem like cardboard cutouts. I especially like the darker psychological angle that Mr. Litwack employs that gives this story an edge over many I’ve read lately. I enjoyed this much more than expected and would recommend to others as well.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
wow, I’m actually surprised by how much I loved this book! Fantastic fantasy/sci-fi suitable for adults and teens. Although there are the familiar tropes present to make it a standard fantasy, it really struck me as so much more due to the depth of the characters and the fact that even for a fantasy the rules seemed to go out the window a few times and really threw me for a loop (no spoilers). The writing is very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough to really keep our interest – which is honestly saying a lot considering I got bored reading “Divergent” trilogy! (Shhh, don’t tell). This one just flows so much smoother and faster and keeps picking up steam as it goes along. Recommend for fans of the dystopian genre, as well as action or adventure. Ready to read more in “The Seekers” soon! Recommend for aged 15+
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I almost feel like I just read 5 different books instead of just one – so much happens, it would be impossible to sum up (I don’t do that anyways). And based on just the description, I think I expected something different… I think I expected more of an action/adventure type book, and while that aspect is definitely there, it takes a side seat to the bigger picture which was more character-driven. However, overall this book felt a bit flat to me as I never felt as connected to the characters as I would have liked. There seemed to be an emotional disconnect that would’ve made us feel more sympathetic towards them. We are always kept at arm’s length, watching the characters go through the steps and sequences of events, but I didn’t really feel the emotional attachment that I like to have while reading. But there is some great world building and cool scenes and some really creative storylines with the inventions and the greenies and their life. So overall a decent book that will appeal to fans of dystopian fantasy.
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
"The Seekers: The Stuff of Stars” by David Litwack was an interesting mix of fantasy, romance, action, high-stakes drama, and dare I say, a psychological/spiritual adventure? I can’t quite say that I’ve ever really read anything like it before, and it took me awhile to become fully invested in the book… I haven’t read the first one, so I felt a little lost, but I soon found my way and I loved the level of detailing and thought to the character development… There are many complex subplots woven throughout and while this is a pretty long book for YA, it was enjoyable and very well written. Can see fantasy/sci fans really liking it, even those who maybe it’s not their thing, there is a lot of action and has a mild romantic element. Makes me want to read the first one now.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
"The Stuff of Stars” is the second book in “The Seekers” series that takes us to the mythical world of author David Litwack, and what a crazy, fantastical, marvelous world it is! It is imaginative pulls no punches in drawing from almost every available literary element available. This is a rare novel that I thought had several intriguing concepts, dream technology and the mix of the ‘greenies’ and the ‘technos’ and how opposing sides can and should come together…. and magical/supernatural elements, danger… romance… it’s hard not to find something you like. There are dark twists throughout, and nothing is predictable or what you think will happen. Kept me turning the pages late into the night! One thing I’ll say is that I was impressed with how well the author David Litwack wrote it, there were almost none of the mistakes I frequently see in ebooks (slow beginnings, adverb abuse in dialogue tags, telling v. showing, etc.). Mr. Litwack writes like a seasoned pro and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. Highly recommend!!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
brilliantly crafted and written, “The Seekers: The Stuff of Stars” by author David Litwack is the second book in a thrilling new dystopian series that I will definitely be following through (The first one is called “The Children of Darkness” – check it out!). This world is wholly conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you guessing. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. I would also like to commend the level of professionalism in this novel, from the cover, to the formatting, to the editing (grammar, punctuation and content)– all top notch. Looking forward to more great stories from David Litwack and will be recommending to my friends. Suitable for ages 14 and older.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
Calling all dreamers!! I’ve read other books by David Litwack so I know that he can write and tell a great, captivating story. But I was in no way prepared for how totally addicting this novel would be, and the sheer magnitude of the world, the characters, the multi plots, the myth and lore and overall message as this series continues to build and become more developed… I was really impressed!! The way Litwack writes just draws you in from the beginning and you just want to keep reading and reading and not stop. It is both descriptive and has great world building (important for a fantasy-sci/fi) I was reading as fast as I could, and even though it’s a decent-sized book, I was disappointed when it was over. I am really curious to see what else lies in store for us with the rest of The Seekers stories. Recommend for fans of sci-fi/fantasy/action ages 15 on through adult.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars this book was great… lots of fun to read and very creative. Describing it is a hard task! All sorts of interesting characters, and a terrific mix of fantasy, adventure, and danger and conflict/issues. Although I did think the beginning started off kind of slow until I got more of a feel about this new world and the characters and their backgrounds, once things got moving along I really got hooked. The author does a great job of bring us back up to speed with the events of the previous book, and I liked that it was so descriptive that we can really put ourselves inside the story and experience things through Orah’s eyes. Fabulous narrative prose and the dialogue with the characters was very authentic. Recommend for dystopian/scifi fans who want a fun, literary read with an actual message and subtle commentary of technology and nature. Looking forward to the next one of The Seekers!
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed “The Seekers: The Stuff of Stars” by author David Litwack, even though I’m not a huge YA reader. But I read the first book in this series (The Children of Darkness) and I was really impressed! I really liked the characters (especially Orah) and thought that Mr. Litwack did such a wonderful job with the descriptions of the alternate-world and the different characters. There are so many of them it’s hard to keep track but I really liked Kara and Annabel and Zachariah (and the others) . Emotionally engaging and with lots of action, but this is more of a ‘thinking’ book with complex and intelligent plotlines that go deeper than just the surface. Enjoyable and well written and suitable for teens on up through adults. Definite crossover appeal. I had a great time reading this and am curious to see what will happen next!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of dystioian-fantasy and mythology books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. Having read other books by David Litwack and really enjoying them, I was curious to see how he would deliver in this next one of the Seekers series – “The Stuff of Stars”. Mr. Litwack is unarguably a very talented writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-building and sheer creativeness on many levels. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books, and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt here as well), when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and passion. I was hoping for a different ending, but it does give some closure to this storyline and leaves the door open for the next adventure with Orah, Nathanial, Thomas and the others. A must read for fans of YA fantasy/dystopian.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A young woman of the “Darkness” had washed up on the shore, a shore that came after a long journey across an unknown sea. It was a silent boy who broke Orah from her brief dream-like existence on the sand, but someone was missing. It was Nathaniel. Orah and her husband, Nathaniel, had spent “months confined to a cell in Temple City,” but had journeyed together in search of a knowledge that eluded their people for so long. Nate had been a hero of the revolution, but the time had come for them to leave, possibly to recover the secrets of the past and build yet another world. Indeed, Orah’s chronometer and sextant had guided them into a world filled with greenies and technos. Kara, a teen techno, just might be the one to take them to the mystical dreamers they’d heard about in the Village of Little Pond. It was a world overrun with orphaned techno children for their parents had entered the mountain. William, their now decrepit mentor had “forbidden the children from going into the mountain fortress until” they were grown. The greenies, who labored and communed with the land, were led by Annabel, the earth mother. Caleb was determined to destroy the dreamers, who lay in cocoons in the mountain. It was a soon-to-be doomed world if Orah couldn’t converse with the dreamers, who held the secrets of the universe. The dreamers’ minds were united as one, but their bodies were little more than decaying shells. “We call them greenies,” the mentor explained to Orah and Nathaniel, “because they believe in the land. They call us technos because we believe in machines and in our ability to someday relearn the science behind them.” Dead machines and people who couldn’t weave a decent basket, let alone weave cloth from the wild flax in their fields. The pathos of the world that lay before them could destroy the very knowledge they needed to save them. The only way to discover the secrets was to go to the mountain and enter the dream world of those dreamers. Paranoia began to erupt from both sides... Were Orah and Nathaniel taking the side of the greenies? Were the technos twisting their minds? Would they die trying to find out the secrets of a world gone awry? The Stuff of Stars is dystopian literature at its best. It’s the sequel to The Children of Darkness, a book I wasn’t privileged to read, yet I thoroughly enjoyed Orah and Nathaniel’s journey into the unknown. It could easily have been a stand-alone novel, yet is the centerpiece of a trilogy. I didn’t feel lost, but rather was instantly swept up into the excitement of these young seekers. This novel is a tug of war between two post-apocalyptic-like societies, each one firmly believing that their way is the right way for their people, for all people. I could easily imagine our world living in this dystopian society. I cast aside all doubt that this unreal world wasn’t real as soon as I began walking with Orah and Nathaniel. This book could have been the beginning in a series, but certainly not the last. It is simply one of those novels that make me want to travel along with it discovering the dreams that miracles are made of. Quill says: If you are a dream seeker, Orah and Nathaniel will take you into a world quite unlike any other, but which world will you find yourself in?