As a reader who LOVEDáFirst Day On Earth, I could not wait to readáTin Star by Cecil Castellucci. I had all these sorts of expectations. Yet, as per usual, when I have expectations the book unfortunately did not live up to them. I really wanted to loveáTin Star and to feel that uncontrollable need to recommend it to every single person I know ever, however that did not happen. I mean, do not get me wrong. I do not hate this book. I do not even dislike it. I think thatáTin Star is an okay read, but it was never one where I felt drawn to the story or the intense need to pick it up on my down time. Alas, I am not won over by this book but maybe you will be.
Tula Bane was all set to go to one of the Children Of Earth colonies with her mother and sister aboard spaceship theáPrarie Rose. Yet, Tula has asked way too many questions of Children Of Earth leader Brother Blue. The last straw is when she spots the grain that should be going with the ship left behind in a cargo bay aboard a space station. This pisses Brother Blue off, so he beats the hell out of her and leaves her for dead at the space station. It takes Tula awhile to adjust, but eventually she learns the underworld so well that she is able to make a name for herself, under mentor Heckleck, a shady alien who is hellbent on revenge. Also, Tula is the only human on the space station. She also manages to get on the good side of station commander Tournour, a Loor, which is another sort of alien. Anyways, for three years Tula exists and carves out a better life for herself, but with no humans at all. Until one day, three teenage humans end up on the station. Tula falls madly in love with one. Yet, you guys, those humans are about to turn everything upside down.
In all honesty, I did like Tula as a protagonist but I was not attached to her or anything. I liked how strong she was. I liked that she kept going even though her life kind of fell apart. Tula is very resourceful and it shows ináTin Star. She is absolutely a fighter. But I don’t know, I just failed to connect with her. She’s nice and all, but eh. I don’t know. OH! Now that I sit here and think about it for a couple minutes, I think for me, I like characters in relation to other characters and because Tula is a loner except for her attachments to various aliens, I just couldn’t make myself connect. Ah, that is it. Maybe though, you will feel different when you read this.
Now, if you have read the official summary and expect that the romance is totally going to sweep you off your feet and be the most epic thing ever, you would be misled. Look, there is sort of a romance, but it is not the focus of the book. It probably gets like 10 pages of word-time. Seriously. Like, yeah there is kissing. There is feeling. BUT it is brief. It’s not as much as I had hoped or expected. Honestly, more of the book is centered on survival and overcoming adversity, not on romance and swoons and slow burns. However, there is one bit of unexpected romance that I really enjoyed ináTin Star. I think when you read this you will understand what I am talking about.
I’m not sure what to chalk my feelings toward Castellucci’sáTin Star up to. Maybe it’s the setting? Maybe it’s space? Maybe it is me? Either way, I am honestly okay with this book and I would honestly recommend it to most people, but it didn’t really do anything for me or really rev my engine at all. Take that as you will.
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