Finally, my first review about a book that I recommend 100 percent. Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci came out a month ago, so I know not as many people will have read it already; thus the post is labeled with and without spoilers where appropriate.
Review (no spoilers):
Tula and her family left Earth on the spaceship Prairie Rose to colonize Beta Granade, a planet in the outer edge of our galaxy. Before they reach the planet, the ship breaks down, forcing the Prairie Rose to stop at a remote space station named Yertina Feray.
In Yertina Feray the colonists' leader, Brother Blue, purposefully leaves Tula behind after she accidentally stumbles on dangerous information about the colonization mission.
As the only human in Yertina Feray, she befriends the alien Heckleck and begins to learn about the other types of aliens and their lifestyles, subjects that Brother Blue had forbidden colonists to learn about. Tula dreams of escaping Yertina Feray and getting revenge on Brother Blue.
One day three humans crash land on Yertina Feray. Can Tula use them to get off the space station and get revenge on Brother Blue?
This book was the perfect combination of dystopian and science fiction all neatly rolled into a YA book. The world is fantastically built and the characters aren't two dimensional. I read this book in one sitting and now I'm writing this review urgently so I can talk to people about it asap.
Recommendation: Get it now. Like now. Seriously now.
Discussion (SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS):
Castellucci handled the romantic relationships in a refreshing way compared to other YA books. Even though Tula enjoyed her time with Reza, the focus of the book was never on their romance, nor did she never became obsessed with him like in other books (Twilight and Divergent come to mind). Yes, Tula and Reza were physical, and they had emotional connection too, but she didn't even consider them dating and she had absolutely no intention of returning to Earth with him.
Tula and Els were also physical, but it wasn't romantic, it was manipulation by both parties. Despite their reasons, there was no slut shaming nor did Castellucci feel the need to explain their sexuality, both of which I am pleased about.
Lastly, I am SO GLAD that Tournour confessed his love for Tula at the end. That is the relationship that I am rooting for.
What did you think? Do you know any books similar to Tin Star that you recommend? To check out my other reviews, click on the tag JS Book Review.