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On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on thePrairie 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, andthe colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways...more
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Published February 25th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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Ash Wednesday
2 STARS
"Everywhere has something that'll disappoint you. It's just choosing a disappointment and having it be the most tolerable."

That sounds phonetically like nails on a blackboard but I find it quite apt for a book as… unique as Tin Star.



This review is brought to you by the word: BORED.

In an unspecified time in the future when intergalactic travel is possible, the Earth chooses to maintain an Isolationist ideal as, relative to the universe, humans are considered Minor Species. Fifteen-year ol...more
Dianne
What started as a promise of a new beginning on a distant planet for Tula Bane and her family turns into a nightmare of death, destruction and brutal deceit at the hands of a man Tula had once trusted with her life. Stranded and alone, the only human on an alien space station, Tula learns to survive by any means from Heckleck, an insect-like creature. Driven by the need for revenge, Tula yearns for the day she will see Brother Blue again and he will pay for the pain he has caused her. A career p...more
Rose
Initial reaction: This is the first time I've actually been utterly and completely stumped on how to reflect on a book, so I think I'll just give it a night to sink in. Maybe it'll make sense in the morning? (Somehow I doubt it. This book was weird.)

Full review:

"Tin Star" is only my second read from author Cecil Castellucci, and for what it's worth - I liked the first read I had from her in "Boy Proof." It was very quick to read and the author has a way of streamlining her prose so that her stor...more
David
So thankful I was able to read this; it is always a pleasure to find a little gem in the gobs of books I read. Written in the perspective of a diary, but in the format of a novel; one cannot help but get attached to the protagonist - Tula (the main character). Betrayed by someone she trusted; not just betrayed – but savagely brutalized and beaten to the verge of death. She harbors these feelings of rage and revenge for years. Befriended by an alien named Heckleck; Tula manages to scrape together...more
Amber
I was lucky enough to get an arc copy of this book and I stayed up until the wee hours reading it because, uhm, I couldn't put it down. I love science fiction and Tin Star is a great new addition to the sci-fi pantheon. Smart plotting, interesting characters, and a really cool universe kept me wanting more!
Sam
Huge thank you to Macmillian and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

3.5, but rounded to a 4.

Tin Star was an impulse grab from Netgalley. I loved the cover and the premise sounded like something I'd dig. I wasn't expecting to love the book as much as I did though.

This is my first fore ray into Castellucci's work, and I feel like she's a lovely writer. Her descriptions are very methodical and well-detailed, and she made it very easy to visual Tula's world and her struggles...more
Jennifer



This book takes place in outer space in the future. The narrator is Tula. Tula and her family are on a colony ship headed to a distant planet. The ship makes a stop at a space station called Yertina Feray.

The book starts with Tula being beaten by the ship's leader Brother Blue.

It was sort of an odd beginning. We had little back story (but we were quickly filled in). The book started right in the middle. Then jumped months and then a year ahead.

The book was a short 240 pages.

The setting (a space...more
Jen
I got this book as an ARC through netgalley.

I’m a lover of sci-fi but most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been contemporary (romance) and the occasional dystopia. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but after reading the first chapter I was hooked.

The book is about Tula Bane, young girl, that is betrayed by the man she trusted most in her life, Brother Blue—a sort of preacher leading their pilgrimage to one of Earth’s new colony planets. After questioning him about some cargo...more
Theresa Davis
I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, I was interested in it because to sounded different. I was right, it was different. The story idea is great and can go in so many different directs! It is easy to follow and Tula is a great leading lady.

Tula had to grow up quick when her world is turned upside down by Brother Blue. Tula decided then that she would survive and make Brother Blue pay for what he did. Live on the space station is not easy but with the help of Heckleck, Tula learns...more
Linda
* I read this book while it was made available to me through Net Galley, it was given to me for an honest review.*

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 mana...more
Leti Mar
This is a unique and refreshing YA Sci-Fi. It starts with Tula being left for dead and all alone on space station. As the sole human on the station, she adapts to survive and befriends a couple of the aliens. When three other humans are stranded on the station, all sorts of complications ensue, including romantic ones. The world created in the book reminds me of the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars. This had some fantastic galactic intrigue and some interesting and completely unexpected romanti...more
Allison
3.75 stars. Quick read and surprisingly enjoyable.

Tula Bane is abandoned for dead on an intergalactic space station where she is the only human being. What follows is a story that is part survivalist (but with species of aliens, all with their own customs!), a large part sci-fi, and a dash of mystery and political intrigue thrown in. First, the disclaimers: if you're looking for a novel with highly detailed world-building and logical scientific explanation of how everything works and came to be,...more
Andrea J
Tin Star is a book that will stay with you a long time after you've read it. A mature young adult novel, exploring themes of isolation and loneliness, with a fascinating world, well built, but with a distinct alien feel. The old west settlements of the US are given a new science fiction setting, with aliens replacing indians and with the settlers this time at the disadvantage to the indigenous species.

The story follows the daughter of a colonist whose mother is following a nearly cult-like leade...more
Claudia
Thanks to Netgalley I got an advance copy of this book to read. And enjoyed the world of misfits, of all species, forced by chance to live in the underbelly of a far flung space station. The feisty wounded teenage Tula is abandoned and slowly learns how to adapt as the only human on board. Evil mega church leaders leading believers into doom, corrupt political super powers, and dreadfully bad communications links help add pressure to this isolated community. I loved how the characters of human a...more
Heidi
I'll just say upfront that I am not a reader of sci fi that includes aliens. Never have been, don't get what the attraction is to those who love the genre. But was my mind ever changed very shortly after starting Tin Star. I LOVED this book. Action, loss, despair, treachery, humanity, and fear--you'll find some of each and more. Strong female protagonist who must use her wits both to survive and to figure out who she can trust. Only bad thing about this book is waiting for a sequel to be written...more
Wendy Darling
Hm. I liked parts of this a lot, but was left wanting a lot more. Mini review to come.
Tabitha (Pabkins)
​​​​​​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...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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14 year old Tula is headed to a distant planet, Beta Granada with her family to start a colony. When their ship, the Prairie Rose, stops at a space station with engine trouble, the colony’s leader, Brother Blue, beats her badly for questioning his handling of supplies. He subsequently abandons at the station and she’s left in the hands of its non-human inhabitants. The aliens patch her up, but they’re not too sure what to do with Tula. Tula is understandab...more
Jenn
Tin Star is a story about revenge – plain and simple. Normally, I like me a good revenge story. However this one made me want to gouge my eyes out from sheer boredom. Couple that with the fact that I have to finish a book once I start, this read for a loooong read with my pal Emily.

Tula has sworn revenge on a man named Brother Blue, a man she trusted, but who left her for dead on an alien space station. As Tula learns to survive amidst this alien race, she unravels more of the secrets Brother B...more
Jennifer
This ARC was available through NetGalley.

Tin Star is about a girl named Tula Bane, who has been sent on a colony ship with her parents to colonize a new planet. On the way to the Plant, the ship docks at a space-port, 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. Three Humans come to the station after there ship is destroyed and Tula finds companionship. While Tul...more
Whitley Birks
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This book had a ton of potential, but the simplistic writing failed to keep my attention.

I really was excited about this book, and on many fronts, it did deliver. The world of the space station is pretty inventive and interesting, and I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and reading about all the different aliens and customs and such. Tula being told she wouldn’t get any official help because she was just one more random alien in the galaxy shocked me at first, but t...more
Cathy
"There are few things colder than the blackness of space. But lying here, I couldn't imagine anything colder than the Human heart that left me half-conscious at the entrance to Docking Bay 12." [opening line]

Tin Star is a somewhat unusual, at least to me, story. I haven't read much in the way of interplanetary travels. Tula and her family are headed to form a new space colony on Beta Granade when their space ship, The Children of Earth, lands on the space station Yertina Feray. There Tula discov...more
Kim McGee
Tin Star is an amazing new series that pushes what we have seen so far in space novels. Tula is beaten and left for dead by the leader that has been chosen to lead a human space ship to a new colony and a better future. Brother Blue has other plans for the humans and Tula is abandoned at the space station fearing that her family and the others have perished at the hand of the one person they trusted to save them. Tula must find her way in this foreign environment and begin to form relationships...more
Nick
The elevator pitch for this must have been something like "Podkayne of Mars meets the Mos Eisley Cantina on Babylon 5."
Tula's family is part of a religious movement to colonize other planets, even though Earth is mostly isolationist after finding out there really are aliens out there. Then, things go horribly wrong, and Tula is left behind on a space station on the far side of nowhere. For a teenaged girl, separated not only from her family but her entire species, life is difficult, and involves...more
J.D. Ursini
I enjoyed this book.

I found it to be a quick and entertaining read. There were parts where I was unable to put the book down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I really loved the fact that the aliens in this novel didn’t like humans because we were… well… human. I enjoyed that they didn’t know much about us either (for example not being able to tell genders apart) and that they didn’t know what to make of us because we were nomads to them.

I only wish there was a little mor...more
Jazmin
I hadn't heard of Cecil Castellucci prior to reading Tin Star, but- oh my word!- do I know of her now. Tin Star is one of those rare novels that not only encourages you to take the characters into your heart and create a place for them there, but to feel their pain, their triumphs, and, especially, in the case of Tula, their longing for the familiar comforts of friends, family and an Earth that, though virtually destroyed, is still home.
I was blown away by the complexity of Tula's various relati...more
Jessica Strider
Pros: fun, engaging protagonist, interesting alien races

Cons: takes Tula a long time to figure out something fairly obvious

For parents: kissing, some violence

Sixteen year old Tula Bane arrives on the Yertina Feray as a member of the Children of Earth on their way to colonize a new world. But when her questioning puts her at odds with their leader, Brother Blue, she’s left for dead on the station as they move on.

Surrounded by numerous alien species who think little of isolationist humans, and wit...more
Lilliam Rivera
I was lucky enough to read this and can't rave enough about it. It's a sci fi book that doesn't bog down on scientific terms. I loved the protagonist, how she's the lone human stuck in this desolate space station with all these aliens. I liked her interactions with the aliens and her longing of wanting revenge but also wanting a home. You are in for a treat.
Jeff Raymond
I've been a fan of Cecil Castellucci for some time now. I haven't read everything she's done, but she's always had interesting takes on the things that I have read. Noticing that she was taking a dive into science fiction was an exciting opportunity for me, and so I looked forward to seeing what she was going to do with the genre. The great news is that the book is pretty solid, but it's a lot darker and starker than one might expect.

The story itself is both fairly typical and still feels unique...more
Heather
I don't usually tell you I have DNF'd a book, but I'm going to start telling you. Every book I read can't be great, right? And when I've taken my time to read a book why shouldn't I tell you why it didn't work for me? So here goes, and I do say this with great respect because I know how hard it is to even attempt to write a book.

Tula is boring. There is absolutely no depth to her character. I have read to page 67 of the e-ARC and I know nothing more about her than I did when I started the novel....more
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books, most notably Boy Proof and The PLAIN Janes. Upcoming in 2014 is book one of her new sci duology TIN STAR.

She is also the author of The Year of the Beasts, First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool and Janes in Love. Her short stories can be found in various anthologies such as After, Teeth, Truth & Dare, Th...more
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