Wednesday, April 23, 2014

REVIEW: Tin Star by by Cecil Castellucci

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. 

When I realized that this book not only takes place in space, but it also has aliens, I had to read it!
If I book takes place in space, I will automatically want to read it.
But if there is also aliens...
While the book did not have a focus on aliens, the book showed aliens as just other characters. Since the book takes place on a space station full of aliens, basically everyone is an alien.
Which brings me to what I loved about this book.
There had to be so much imagination involved in creating all of these species and this futuristic world.
So, what was it that prevented me from upping the rating on this book?
I loved the first half of the book. I was intrigued by what was going on and curious to see what would happen. But my feelings went a bit downhill when the other humans arrived.
With the arrival of the other humans, I didn't begin to dislike the book, but I began to get confused.
The characterization of the other humans was so strange.
I couldn't tell what their personalities or motives were (but I probably was supposed to not know the motives). I basically had no idea what was going on with them most of the time.
The romance was also weird.
I couldn't even tell if it was a romance. It's hard to explain, but from the beginning of the romance, it didn't seem like he liked Tulla, and there wasn't even much romance in the book.
The characterization and the weird romance are really all that I disliked about the book, but since those are both tied to the humans and the humans were such a large part of the book, it did hurt my feelings toward the book.

This was a really interesting, enjoyable read.
I loved the imagination involved in this book and the fact that it took place in space!
The only things that hurt my feelings towards the book were the confusing humans and the romance.
But overall, I did like this book and will be reading the sequel.

I hereby give this book
3.5 Wheels!
Meaning: I liked and was this close to really liking it.

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