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Gr 9 Up—This futuristic thriller begins as Tula Bane, 14, and her family are on their way to settle a new human colony on a far-off planet. However, when she starts asking questions during an unexpected pit stop at the Yertina Feray space station, the leader of their cultlike group beats her and leaves her for dead. What she learns when she recuperates is that the ship exploded before reaching its final destination. Earth will not accept her back, leaving her stranded there. The aliens who populate the space station express a strong dislike for humans and offer her no help. Fast forward one year, and Tula now has a thriving business trading items through an alien black market. When three new humans become stranded on Yertina Feray, Tula uncovers the traitorous plans of one of them and uses her to discover the truth behind the man who left her for dead. The space station is a fascinating backdrop for what could be an interesting story. Unfortunately, there are not enough sympathetic protagonists to make one care about the outcome. Tula seems little more than a character sketch and the aliens, described as being physically disgusting, come across simply as grumpy old men. The time lapse between Tula being utterly despised by the aliens and one year later when she has several allies and a thriving business is unrealistic and confusing. Other inconsistencies, such as a human character with no money being described as always wearing cutting-edge alien fashions, further muddle the plot. Overall, the story is disjointed, and the characters are disappointingly shallow.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

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Castellucci grazed sci-fi with First Day on Earth (2011), but here she embraces the genre in all its alien-and-spaceship glory. Tula Bane is only 14 when her ship of colonists, bound for a distant planet, leaves her behind on the Yertina Feray Space Station—basically, the ghetto of the universe. She, the station’s sole human, is doomed until she encounters the insectile, Fagin-like Heckleck, who teaches her the finer points of being an underground trader. Three years later, three mysterious human travelers arrive at the station and attempt to befriend Tula, but by then she has forgotten Earthly ways and must relearn all those tricky emotions: “He was teasing me! And I was enjoying it.” Castellucci forgoes complicated world building to focus on the rusty, junky environs of the space station, making this one of the few sci-fi books that can be accurately described as “gritty.” Despite this, there’s a vivaciousness to Tula and the story, which recalls Janet Edwards’ Earth Girl (2013). If these are part of a new wave of spry, antidystopian sci-fis, bring ‘em on. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: HL650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tin Star (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437753
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the sometime distant future, TIN STAR is the tale of a work relationship and friendship gone wrong. At the opening of the story, Tula Bane is near death's door. Her leader, Brother Blue, is to settle select planets with human colonies. His goal is to bring human culture to the stars making trade possible with other alien planets. At the same time the colonists would still manage to keep to themselves. This was a promise he made known to Tula Bane and the others, making everyone feel special in their own way.

They were temporarily living on the space station Yertina Feray. Then Tula witnessed something she should not have seen. And Brother Blue beat her up and left her for dead.

Unfortunately for Tula, most of the alien cultures found humans abhorrent. So when Heckleck, an insect-like species, saves her life in exchange for her to run errands for him, Tula is leery. "I barter things for things and favors for favors." But a bond is formed.

And yes, I thought of Star Wars. And Soylent Green. And Star Trek. And little bits of Starman; when a human meets an alien and forms a relationship. So you get my drift. Besides Heckleck, Tula also formed an odd friendship with the local constable, Tournour, a 'Loor'. His species was probably the closest in human appearance with the exception that they had antennae and no eyebrows.

And curiously, because this is not the type of genre I normally read, I enjoyed Tula's story. Written in first person tense and something I normally don't favor, it actually increased my interest. I felt I was right along side of her when things played out. Tula became 'the errand girl'.
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In the future of TIN STAR, humans are not the dominant species. In fact, they're pretty low on the totem pole and mistrusted. Tula is part of a group of colonists, heading out to start human planets and raise the interstellar power of the species. Then she's abandoned and left for dead on a remote space station.

I loved TIN STAR from beginning to end. The science fiction setting is used wonderfully. The station is isolated and subject to mechanical and other problems. It's populated by a variety of alien species, each with their own culture. As Tula explores the station and encounters more people, she starts to realize everything she never knew. TIN STAR is a glimpse at an expansive universe with complicated politics. The status of humans is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Tula's used to sticking with humans and has to find a way to fit in and make money if she wants to survive. The other inhabitants of the station are sympathetic to her abandonment, but they aren't just going to let her freeload. Tula starts off simply wanting to escape the station and revenge herself on the man who beat her half to death. But things start becoming more complicated as she forms bonds with others on the station - and when another group of humans becomes stranded. Tula must decide on her priorities.

There is romance in TIN STAR, though it is rarely a focus. I did, however, truly love the romance and wish that there was more time for it to be explored. I understand that it wasn't the focus of TIN STAR, but I would adore a sequel. I know I've been clamoring for more standalones, and now that I've got them, I keep falling in love and wanting sequels. TIN STORY tells one heck of a story about a teen girl stranded in space.
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Book Info
ebook, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
original title Tin Star
ISBN 1596439149 (ISBN13: 9781596439146)
edition language English
other editions (2)
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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.
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The story of 17-year-old Tula Bane spans a period of several years and starts when she reveals that she knows something she was not supposed to with the end result of her being beaten, left for dead and then abandoned on the remote space station of Yertina Feray. The only human amongst the multitude of aliens who inhabit the space station Tula luckily is found, revived and healed by the station’s doctor and later on befriended by the sole Hort named Heckleck who not only helps her by giving Tula employment but teaching her about the other alien species as well.
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