Review: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

February 22, 2014 3 stars, Book Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult 8 ★★★

Tin Star

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.

​​​​​​I’m reading, and reading, and yet for how short Tin Star is it takes a remarkably long time to get anywhere. The course of this essentially spans a handful of years and I think that was part of it. Luckily, Tula is one resilient girl, I gotta give it to her and even though I didn’t particularly attach to her all that well – I still found her interesting. I don’t know how I would turn out if I were thrown into the same situation.  The atmosphere set up had me wanting to press on but alas did not get me very excited. I simply think there was something undefinable that was missing to further pull me into Tin Star. I like to really get emotionally invested into the characters I read about and the mark was missed somehow for me.

I don’t normally do comparisons but I’m going to give one. Humor me here – in essence Tin Star reminded me somewhat of the movie Cast Away with Tom Hanks, maybe thats a stretch and others that have read the book might completely disagree – its just the feeling I got. Isolation, only Tula isn’t really alone and then hey possible romance. I didn’t love that movie, but I didn’t dislike it either. I kept watching, just as I kept reading, because hey, it was still good. And what do you know? I’m curious about what happens next because ultimately this book felt like a setup for what might be to come.

Tin Star

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8 Responses to “Review: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci”

  1. Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    I really enjoyed Tin Star. I get what your saying about how it felt more like a set up for something more, but I did really enjoy the characters. I liked Tula, I just wish she would have… I don’t know, felt something. I felt she was a severely detached person. It didn’t make me like her any less, but I think I’d like to see her have some more emotions in any sequels to come. Great review!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes, I’m big on the I like each book to really stand on its own. I understand setup is usually needed but this one was just ok for me. A bit slower than I would have preferred.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think ones like that are the hardest to rate and write reviews on because you don’t have anything overly positive or negative to say at all – it just is what it is you know?

  2. Anya

    I think it was the lack of character relationships that did it for me, I just couldn’t get a good feel for Tula since she didn’t interact with anyone deeply D: I agree that it felt like a set up book and I’m now curious about where book two goes.
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