Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an unbiased review.
I'm giving A Single Stone
4.5 stars because of the hold on it's lyrical and whimsical tone, while still conveying the darkness of a dystopian landscape. Notice I don't use the word "future" here, since there's no time period specified, and that's a good thing. The story is utterly timeless - without race, creed, or divisiveness - so many of the things that tear apart our communities today.
The only true villain in our plot is someone on the "inside," and that's not even the main story. Yes, there's an overarching theme that smells a bit of environmentalism, but does that really hurt anybody? A bit of Karmic justice doled out to those that pillage the land unjustly, and the lore that's passed down to the community because of it.
No, the story is about girls. Girls that learn to sacrifice for their families. To be proud to give of themselves in order to forage for their townspeople. And a single girl - one who starts to unravel a set of clues that began long
before the events of this story.
You'll start to put the pieces together too, but you might be slightly off-target - and even if you are, it's good. Because its the path that you take through the mountain that is the important part.