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Tin [Kindle Edition]

Parker Zane
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tin, Dead End District was a forgotten freckle of a town in the Southwestern desert of Old America. Erected after the '63 meteor showers that decimated the world as we knew it, Tin had only known sandstorms, drought, sweltering heat, lack of technology and fear. And until 2095, Sakura Blue had only known Tin.
With her parents murdered, and her giraffe ranch faltering, Sakura lived by Tin's motto. Keep your head down, tail tucked and taxes paid. Until the life of her precious sister, Fuyuko is on the line. Now Sakura has a new motto. Who can I trust, and who will end up dead?


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  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491216247
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E70T42O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5...and I really wanted to like it December 11, 2014
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The writing here was fine and the dystopian future seemed interesting. I even liked some aspects of the characters. Sakura had a pleasantly Machiavellian attitude toward using people that I appreciated. Finn was honorable and I loved his little tick. The wolf was the villain with a wounded heart. All things I like in a book.

Unfortunately, the book had a lot more that I don't. First and foremost, I finished it wondering what the point had been. Yes, the sister was found, but a whole lot of something was set up and never followed through with. Most importantly, whatever it is about Sakura that makes the narrator want to tell her story 40 or so years later. Nothing of historical note happens here.

Second, the blurb makes Sakura sound like she's going to be a bad ass. Instead she flails about helplessly basically deciding which man to attach herself to for the best results.

Third, while there was a pleasant cultural mix here it started to feel like variety was added just for varieties sake. People raise giraffe and zebra, instead of horses and cattle. Women wear saris, kimonos and obis instead of skirts, dresses or belts (not to mention pants). The food is all Indian and the villain Kenyan. Despite being set in a dystopian America there is almost nothing distinctly American left and it felt cluttered and artificial.

Lastly, for a rather short book that never manages to find its way to the point, it spends an awful lot of time on the cliché rich man beautifies a woman shtick. What's worse, the cross dressing fashion designer queen with an attitude couldn't have been more stereotypical if Zane had tried for it.

I was disappointed in this. Zane has some apparent talent, but the book left me wanting in a lot of ways.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great, with some issues. 3.5 stars. August 6, 2014
By Mira
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*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* TIN was a good, quick read. It's a simple, easy dystopian future book - there are no technical details that make this anything near hard sci-fi. It's just about the relationships and lives of a few individuals in a small town and I love it for that. It's somewhat like a young adult western, set in an empty, desert future.

I'll definitely give the sequels a try, but... I had one issue with the book that could make or break the sequels. The back and forth, back and forth, back and forth between Sakura and Wolf became exhausting after a while. How many times can we go through the same "oh no, he's a bad guy! no wait, he's a good guy now. oh wait i was wrong, he's bad! wait..." thing in such a short book? I hope the sequel(s) don't follow this pattern. I didn't find the Sakura/Wolf scenes sexy or cute - even in his absolute best moments, he is manipulative and gross - throughout the book, I didn't see quite enough reason that Sakura should be so conflicted about that.

Still, the rest of the book was GREAT and I loved the interactions between Sakura and the Banker. Love that the characters are very diverse, too! In the sequel, I'm really hoping that her sister Fuyuko is fleshed out a bit. I'd like to know more about her - all we know is that she has nightmares and doesn't speak. I hope she's more present in book two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sum Of These Words July 25, 2013
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"TIN" exemplifies the notion that things familiar, given a novel arrangement, set the best stage for telling a story. Parker Zane efficiently affords the reader a glimpse into a world full of adventure from the perspective of a dutifully charming heroine. This reads like a good Western, with intelligently constrained dialogue allowing the world she created to join the cast of characters. This isn't to say the characters lack depth, but perhaps contrast, which only serves to feed into the three principle mysteries introduced in this first installment. Like any good gunslinger playing poker at the saloon, I suspect Parker Zane has a few more cards up her sleeve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but ended abruptly... August 13, 2014
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Neat story; the setting reminds me of the show 'Defiance'; basically survival in a post-apocalyptic world trying to maintain some semblance of civilization. I liked the tough main character, Sakura, who still felt trepidation and fear inside while showing nothing but determination and an iron will on the outside.

But: The story ended suddenly and it seemed like there were a lot of story threads left untold. I was like, 'But what about...?' and 'Why didn't she...?' and 'What happens to...?' Almost as if there will be a sequel...

Anyway, I might have given this 5 stars otherwise. An enjoyable read; don't pass it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! August 22, 2013
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Oh I loved this book! It had action, suspense, romance, charm, and a bit of whimsey. I fell in love with the main character, Sakura Blue, because she was tough, smart, sexy, and vulnerable all at the same time. Probably the girl all of us girls want to be, and of course the girl every guy wants. The storytelling flowed nicely and I finished it in a day... because I couldn't put it down. I want MORE! Please tell me there will be more! Wait, does this mean I'm a Tinster? Yes, yes it does, and proud of it! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fairly good read. August 1, 2013
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Tin was a fairly good read. I am not a grammar nazi, I get what the writer implies. I was a decent "time-killer' for sure.
I just do not think I will be trying to saddle and ride a giraffe myself though. I am hoping there is a sequel.
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