"Tin Can" is an exciting space adventure. Eight year old Billy, fourteen year old Jacob, Quincy a genetically altered Lemur, and their parents, Dave and Lucy Edwards, embark on a mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, hoping to find it safe to colonize. Storms and radiation caused by the sun’s instability have battered Earth, forcing people to live underground and destroying the food supply. Knowing the danger they are in, Dave drives Jacob to learn as much as possible about the ship, thinking Billy incapable of learning. A tragic accident leaves the boys and Quincy to survive on their own, and the crisis brings out the best in Billy. While Billy can barely read, he understands space from a unique perspective. And Quincy, bred for only simple tasks, in truth has a much higher intelligence and is capable of much more.
"Tin Can" by Colin Noble is a fascinating and entertaining space adventure. The tale is fast-paced, and Noble keeps up the pace until the very end. The lead characters have tremendous depth and it is fun watching them develop and grow. Jacob, Billy and Quincy have to learn to work together as a team. Each has unique talents that were never appreciated before. Suddenly these talents are essential. At the beginning I was reminded of the TV show “Lost In Space” of the 60s, but I quickly realized this space tale has more depth. Noble drew me into the story and made me part of the crew. I highly recommend “Tin Can” and the author Colin Noble.