Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review: Tin Star by Cecil Castelluci

Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Pages: 240
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley

Release Date: February 25, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

This book was definitely intriguing, and very different from other stories out there. I really think this story is one that will be remembered for awhile. I found something so compelling about this story that I just continually wanted more, and the biggest disappointment for me was how short it was. I felt that everything just happened so quickly and I would have liked the story to have been developed a little more.

I really loved the writing style of this book, it may sound weird but it felt like each word was chosen carefully to tell this story. Everything seemed to fit together so perfectly and it felt almost melodic. The words Cecile Castelluci wrote in this book really made me feel everything Tula was going through and understanding her rage and need for revenge in any way.

After Tula is left alone on a remote space station, she must learn how to take care of herself and learn the rules of getting by on this planet. I found Tula's perseverance inspiring, no matter what happens she gets herself back up and will fight for what she believes. The relationships she makes while on Yertina Feray also help her along. Heckleck is one of my favourite secondary characters in a book in quite awhile. The way he helps Tula learn how to make deals and get through each day on this isolated place, as the book continues you see how he really cares for her.

Things take a huge turn in the book when other humans crash on to the planet, when Tula gets the chance for interaction with her own kind again she changes not really sure where she is going, but still intent on revenge. The great thing about this book is that romance is not a huge factor in the story, it comes up every now and again but it doesn't overtake the story.

It took me some time to really gather my thoughts after reading this book because I wasn't sure how I felt, but the more I thought about it the more I did see how much I enjoyed the story. I don't see this book being one for everyone, but I suggest giving it a chance, there is a lot of beautiful things happening in this book, and Tula is a character to look up to. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an intriguing plot line! I like sci-fi so I might check this one out!



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