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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
So, judging by the synopsis, this seems like it would be an action-y sci-fi story, right?
Well, it’s not.
Tula, the main character, gets beaten so badly by her former leader for dubious, not really explained reasons, and left as the only human on a alien run space station. But of course, to the others, humans are the aliens. The annoying, screechy, slightly stupid aliens. She makes hesitant friends with an alien named Heckleck and earns money and stuff by trading.
But the problem? The “action” didn’t come for a good two thirds of the book, and even then, I was super confused. The grasp of “revenge” was vague at best. The word kept being mentioned but nothing was actually said of Tula’s plan. Was she planning on returning to Earth? Going to another planet? It’s never actually said. The point keeps getting made that she wants to go after Brother Blue…and still nothing happens!
Tula is also a horribly bland character. This was a perfect example of “tell” writing, and because of this, you never know anything about Tula’s actual personality. She’s the main character, but she feels like a side character. Not even a side character, but a side-side-side character.
Instead of adding to the story, the sparse writing took away. It made everything feel simplistic and dumbed down, and instead of making it flow like it was supposed to, it just made the writing awkward and clunky. If you’re looking for an epic, sci-fi adventure, I’d steer away from this book.