Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Tin Star

Tin Star
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Prairie Rose is on its way to a faraway planet for colonization. Tula and her family are with the other colonists when it is detoured to a remote space station, the Yertina Feray. The colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, is not happy with Tula’s inquisitiveness; he beats her and leaves her for dead. Heckleck, an alien who knows the ways of the station, takes pity on her and teaches her what she needs to know to survive. Although revenge on Brother Blue is never far from her mind, she has adjusted to life on the Yertina Feray until three humans are taken in on the space station and Tula must decide how much interaction she is willing to have with others of her kind. What is she willing to do to leave the space station? Is revenge on Brother Blue really what she wants?

Tin Star is a science fiction story with many elements readers enjoy. Readers will find space exploration, alien prejudices, a fight for survival, and romance. The book is not very long and readers will fly through the story and try to anticipate the next twists and turns. Most readers will not anticipate the actual conclusion to this book and should be assured they will want the next book in the series to come soon. Castellucci creates a galaxy where the fight for survival is constantly changing and readers will grow to love Tula and want revenge on her behalf. Although the protagonist is female, this should never be considered a girl only book. Boys should be willing to jump into Tula’s story and enjoy this great book.

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