Release Date February 25, 2014
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Source: NetGalley e-ARC for review
e-Book 240 pages
From Goodreads-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 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. I know what she does every day. I know what Heckleck asks her to do. I know where she lives in regard to the space station she lives on. But I don't know how she thinks. It does say she's numb and if the author wrote it this way intentionally, well I'd say well done. But for me, I just don't care about Tula.
The second problem is that nothing is happening. Absolutely nothing. The first exciting thing just happened a couple of pages ago and now it's over and nothing is going on. It's even less happening than before. And again, this may be intentional to show us how life is for Tula, but I don't need 67 pages to show me that. I got it in the first couple of chapters. The pacing is just too slow.
I am giving up. And I'm reviewing it now because the book is one that has to be read on my computer and expires on Saturday. I won't remember it in February and I want to be able to answer your questions if you have any. It is not a terrible book by any means. It's just not exciting or holding my attention. Nothing in it makes me want to read it. And I have other books that I do want to read.
So sadly, lack of depth of characters, lack of progression of the story and slow pacing all prove to be just too much to make me continue with this story. I'll be eager to see if anyone else has a different opinion and can show me what I missed. But this one is a DNF for me.