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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Home Rule is a work of fiction in the science fiction, interpersonal drama, and sociocultural writing subgenres, and is the third novel of The Tribal Wars book series. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience. In this compelling and psychologically rich space opera penned by author Stella Atrium, we find ourselves immersed once more in the tribal struggles of Brianna Miller and the women around her as she seeks a fragile peace treaty in Urbyd. Meanwhile, the political drama unfolds at a wedding that Kelly has traveled to, followed by shattering events that will have ripple effects across the stars.
Author Stella Atrium has crafted a truly literary work of science fiction, one which deals with layers upon layers of themes, atmosphere, politics, society, culture, and war to offer us a powerfully creative lens reflecting many of the worst qualities of humanity. There’s something so stark and shocking about the acts that incite much of the plot and action in this novel, not because of any blockbuster-style melodrama, but because of the very real passion for justice, independence, and solidarity that the characters have as they enact their very personal revolutions. Foregrounding women in political drama is a huge strength and central feature of Atrium’s work, and the dialogue and narrative skill to paint portraits of these women’s lives provokes many important questions about our own current attitudes and culture and where we’re headed in the future. Overall, Home Rule is an accomplished work that will impress fans of the existing series, and I would certainly recommend the series in general for literary sci-fi fans everywhere.