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Tin Star Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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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'.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Tin Star was a young adult science-fiction novel that takes place on a space station orbiting an uninhabited planet. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved this book. The world-building aspect was on par and the book had just the right pace. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lauren
This story was gripping and kept me wanting to know what happened next - to the point that I couldn't put it down! I finished it in a single day. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Neo Thomas Anderson
PSA: For all the Star Wars lovers out there, this book (and its sequel - STONE AND SKY) will provide a perfect distraction for you while you wait for the new movie to come... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carissa
Tin Star has a solid premise executed so bewilderingly poorly that I have genuine regrets about the time I spent reading it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lily bee
Cecil Castellucci is a great author. This story is well worth the read, the hardback was the right price, and it arrived in perfect condition.Published 17 months ago by Cecil Neville III
Tula is ready for her new life. She’s joined with her family to colonize another planet for human kind. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lori Twichell
This book is fairly slow moving, but it still kept me engaged and turning pages. I felt drawn into the life and problems of this character. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Reanne