Five-star review of
Between Mountain and Sea: Paradisi Chronicles (Caelestis series book 1) by
Mei Lin Yu, a descendant
of one of the ten families that fled a dying Earth for a planet they call New
Eden, knows she’s different from her peers and has disappointed her parents.
When her eye surgery prevents her from taking a college entrance exam, her nasty
older brother sends her off to her grandparents who live at the Yu ancestral
home at the base of the Mynyddamore mountains, the word meaning between
mountain and sea in the language of the native peoples of the planet. There
she’s tutored by her grandparents and gets to know her great-grandmother and
the Ddaerens, even their animals. She finds the diary of her many times great
grandmother, Mabel Yu. Each chapter starts with a piece from that diary. The
world-building and characters are wonderful. Mei Lin’s growing awareness of her
true heritage alone is beautifully executed. I’m excited to read the rest of
this series and other books by other authors but set in the same world and
following a few of the other families.