Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Title: Tin Star
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Publisher: Macmillian Children's Publishing Group/Roaring Brook Press
Publish Date: February 25th, 2014

On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci is an addictive sci-fi novel I couldn't put down once I started it. It was full of action and intrigue and just a touch of romance, but the thing that made it so addictive was the fact that, for most of the book, I had no idea what was going on. I knew enough to understand things in the moment, but nothing about where the book was going to end up. Would Tula get her revenge on the man who left her for dead? Would she be betrayed by the people she saw as friends? Would she fall in love or move on to a new home? Nothing was what I thought it was, and, for me, that's what set Tin Star apart.

Tula, the main character, is extremely naive for the entire course of the novel. She's a smart girl and she understands most aliens motivations, but she has no idea what's going on when it comes to humans. Or emotions, for that matter. She did what she needed to to survive, but it left her cold and detached. Fortunately, that didn't make her a less appealing main character, it just made me wish she'd wise up or, at least, show her true feelings to someone!

Romantically, I really had no idea what was going on and I'm pretty sure Tula didn't either. Everyone romantically linked to Tula seemed... manipulative and untrustworthy in some way or another. They all wanted something from her and would go to any means to get it. I had such a deep mistrust for some of these characters I felt like I was waiting for some huge twist to come and show how they were all manipulating Tula, but it never came. Though I do still have my doubts about them. I believe for someone so cold, Tula trusts much too easily and it's only proven to cause her trouble so far.

Tin Star was entertaining and mysterious enough to keep me reading late into the night and, when it was over, I was left craving more. With it's space station setting and eclectic mix of aliens, it's definitely my kind of sci-fi book. I love galactic political intrigue! Tin Star reminded me of a mix between Across the Universe and the video game Mass Effect. If you're a big fan of sci-fi I definitely recommend Tin Star!

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  1. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one so much more than me. The romance...haha you described that perfectly - what really was going on i say? lol

  2. Ooh! Twisty-turny books are the best! But this book doesn't really seem to be heading toward any particular direction. Is it a revenge or is it a romance? It's sort of confusing...

    1. It's a lot about survival but mostly it's about Tula wanting revenge. She's just got a lot of other things going on trying to survive on an alien space station without any other humans.

  3. This sounds interesting but I usually don't like books that are too heavily sci-fi, or main characters that act a lot younger than they are. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts, glad you enjoyed it =)


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