Although Tin Can seems to be a novel that relies primarily on science fiction motifs, these are only used in such a way to make the audience comfortable with some interesting character work later in the novel. The pacing fluctuates, slowing at times to delve into the mind of the younger brother, while speeding up in the last leg of the novel as the brothers get closer to their goal. Stranded in space, the brothers Jacob and Billy, along with a genetically engineered lemur named Quincy, work together to find the last hope for humanity.
Billy and his brilliant mind lie at the crux of the novel. It is explained that since Billy’s long gestation took place in space, his brain developed in such a way as to give him a distinctly unique perspective of the universe. The slower pacing in places allows the reader to delve into his mind, see the world the way that Billy does. Although the story of a family lost in space seems like one that we already know, the attention Colin Noble pays to the fascinatingly layered mind of his character makes this novel a delightfully unique and more intimate reading experience.
Tin Can is great for winter reading and can be shared with the whole family – while your teens are restless during the holiday break – or as something to help tuck you in at night. All around lovely novel.
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