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Posted June 11, 2013
This is the first true Science Fiction book I've bothered to read in a long time. I mean sci-fi with people and "exotic" animals living on a space station/ship and everything. Here you meet Andromeda, a 17 year who's great grandmother keeps insisting will do great things. You also meet Sirius, Andromeda's best friend who is constantly dragging her off to places on the ship they have no business being in.
In the first few chapters Andromeda comes off as the spoiled brat everyone naturally assumes she is. Especially with how she feels about the major changes happening in her life as well as her life assignment. I was very happy to see her suck it up and realize there was little else she could do except accept her circumstances.
The further into the story you go the more interesting it becomes. Paradise 21 is strange place with even stranger inhabitants.
This book will appeal to anyone who likes the YA genre.. it being a sci fi story shouldn't even really factor in to the reader since the main point message of the story is to tell you to trust in yourself and your gut... Even if the whole world (or in this case ship) thinks you're crazy.
I absolutely loved this book. The writing style is very good. And considering my copy is an unedited arc, there were minimal errors that I could see. This author has woven a tale that will truly make the reader sit and think about everything they think they know.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws and look forward to Reconnaissance.
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Posted June 4, 2013
I was given this book for an honest review.
Andromeda is in a space ship headed for a new planet. She has to take an aptitude test which will place her in a job and will be assigned a lifemate through a computer program. Annie, as she prefers to be called, is the granddaughter of the Commander so wants to do well, but her friend Sirius who she’s in love with makes her lose her focus. She doesn’t score as well as she could have and is now paired with Corvus, whom she sees as an oaf…especially compared to Sirius. She will try and buck the system to try and have a chance to be with Sirius, including sending him into a dangerous place in her attempt to investigate a threat to the colony. What happens is she has to start listening to her heart and find her way, with the colony, but also figure out which man she truly wants.
I loved this book, I had read something else by Aubrey Dionne and knew she was a good story teller but wow!! I dove in and immediately formed my own ideas, Annie is a bit of a selfish girl and does try to use her family name to help herself. In the end however, she truly finds her own way, and everything comes out well. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a science fiction type novel; without a doubt this is an excellent book for younger people too. I couldn’t wait to dive into the next book as I was excited to see where everyone would go next, especially Nova. Kudos to Aubrey Dionne for a well written story, which I have been thrilled to be able to read. I give this book 5 stars!
Posted March 4, 2013
Great YA/Sci-fi story!
The colony ship New Dawn has been traveling in space for centuries. One of many ships bound for various planets the inhabitants of New Dawn lost contact with the other colonists long ago. They may well be the only humans left from a doomed world and they need to make it Paradise 21 and not just survive, but thrive.
Like the colonists before her, Andromeda Barliss has spent her whole life on board the ship. However, unlike those that came before her, at age 17, she will be landing on Paradise 21 and making it her new home. Whether she wants to or not. Annie would rather stay on board the ship than go out onto a strange new world and build a new life. When she gets her work assignment she’s happy she’ll be working with her mom, but very unhappy when she doesn’t get her best friend Sirius as her lifemate. What will she do? Is the planet as safe as they’d been told all those centuries ago? What about her Grandma Tiff telling her she would save the colony? What’s up with that? Annie is about to find out many things about her fellow colonists, Paradise 21, her lifemate and, most of all, about herself.
This is a great sci-fi story, well-written with an interesting plot and well-fleshed characters. I found Annie to be a bit of a whiner, but she gets herself together by the end. I’m curious to see where this series is heading and I’m going to look into Dionne’s A New Dawn series since they seem to be loosely tied into the Paradise Reclaimed series.
*Many thanks to Inkspell Publishing for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
Posted February 23, 2013
Colonization had the perfect amount of alien adventure in an unknown land, with the thrill of growing up, finding love, and danger and drama all thrown in for good measure. I fell into a lull or two while reading, but for the most part I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. For someone who doesn't typically enjoy reading science fiction, I think this is a big deal. Colonization by Aubrie Dionne was provided to me by the CBLS Promotions for review. The opinions are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2013
A Good Beginning for a YA Sci-Fi Series
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A young woman who thinks she knows what she wants out of life, a spaceship taking what's left of humanity towards it's new home, and an unseen danger determined to change all of every one's plans, all clash in Colonization, the first book in Aubrie Dionne's new young adult series Paradise Reclaimed. A spin off Paradise 21, the first book in her New Dawn series, Colonization focuses on Andromeda Barliss, the great-granddaughter of Commander Barliss, a previous villain turned good guy in the series, and her adventures as their spaceship has finally reached the planet, Paradise 21. With a few likable characters, sharp dialogue and a mystery to solve, Ms. Dionne's story kept me turning the pages.
Andromeda Barliss, the great-granddaughter of Commander Barliss, can't believe they've finally reached Paradise 21. Suddenly resentful of the changes her life will be taking, Andromeda doesn't want to leave the spaceship she's known all of her life. Hoping her childhood friend, Sirius, would be her assigned life-mate, Andromeda resents when she's assigned someone else. Being the only person who can see the ghosts on their new planet, is just the icing on the cake.
Assigned to help her mother grow food for the colony, Andromeda's resentment turns to confusion when she begins to have visions of imminent danger. Unsure about their colony's future, Andromeda isn't sure about what she should do. Ms. Dionne did a good job developing Andromeda's character; at the start of the story she's immature, somewhat spoiled and very insecure. As this story progresses, Andromeda begins to realize she's not as ill prepared for her new life and the partner she didn't want becomes much more important to her - his belief in her helps to make her more secure.
Will Andromeda discover the danger headed straight for their new colony? Will Andromeda learn that sometimes what we want isn't really what we need? You'll have to read Colonization to find out, I enjoyed it and I think you will too. I look forward to reading more in this space opera world.
Posted December 6, 2012
In this Sci-fi novel, the romance portion sneaks up on you before you have the chance to realize it’s a romance novel. This is Volume 1 of the Paradise Reclaimed series and I feel it’s an excellent way to start the series.
Andromeda, “Annie”, is a member of the 8th generation on the colony ship New Dawn. Earth’s sun was failing and the residents constructed 21 of these ships to continue the human race. Each ship headed to a different world with the hopes that one would survive and thrive into a new civilization.
Annie lives life hoping that things will continue on as they have. She prays they never reach Paradise 21. She enjoys the life she has lived with her best friend, Sirius. Annie dreads the finality of Paradise 21. Each generation has lived by ‘The Guide’, a computer program that assigns everyone what they need to continue surviving. When they arrive at Paradise 21, the Guide will assign Annie a job and a life mate. She fears she will fail her school tests and get a low level job, and she dreams that she gets Sirius as a mate. She decides her job as a Species Integration Specialist isn’t so bad, but her mate is Corvus, someone she has always referred to as ‘the oaf’.
She begs her grandfather to change her mate but he refuses. While trying to do her best to cope with the situation she has been forced into she starts to see alien life forms, but the catch is she’s the only one that can see them and no one else believes her. After being frightened out of her mind several times by the encounters she realizes they are trying to tell her something.
Soon the head of security is found in a coma and all Annie’s focus is bent on trying to find the cause of his coma. She wants to prove to everyone she can do her job as she tries to make up for what she considers recent failures. After the head of security dies from an alien virus Annie finally discovers her true gift.
The character development in this book is true to life as the plot twists and turns in the final chapters. During her experiences on Paradise 21 and living the role she has been forced into Annie finally realizes where she belongs. But is it too late? Will Annie be able to do what her grandmother told her she was destined for? Has her determination and resolve grown enough for her to save the colony? What will happen to her if all of her new dreams come true? What if they don’t?
The story is an action packed plot with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. As all of the plot lines are finished with the ending of the book I am not quite sure where the next volume will go, but I do know I can’t wait for it to come out and find out how Paradise 21 is treating Annie. Or should I say how Annie is treating Paradise 21?
Posted November 9, 2012
Colonization is the first book in the new Paradise Reclaimed series by Aubrie Dionne. It's a sci-fi romance revolving around a 17 year old girl named Andromeda. She has lived aboard a space ship all her life along with the other colonists. They are heading toward Paradise 21 – a planet that their colony can hopefully thrive on. Before landing on this mysterious planet, she is given an aptitude test to see which boy she is matched with and also to see what job best suits her abilities on the new planet.
Andromeda is unhappy with the results of the test. She has dreamt of being paired with Sirius, her childhood crush. Instead she is paired with Corvus, a boy she has no desire to be with. As time goes by, her feelings for Corvus get stronger and stronger. A love triangle ensues and Andromeda must look deep inside to make sense of her emotions and figure out who she wants to be with. Both guys are great and they each have their own wonderful qualities. I was torn between them for much of the book.
The world building in Colonization is wonderful. The author vividly describes Paradise 21, and it sounds like a beautiful place. It's very deadly though, and Andromeda is determined to find the cause of what is infecting the colony. This seemed like a pretty quick read. There are so many interesting things happening to keep your attention – especially in the last third of the book. I don't often read sci-fi, but I feel that this has a very unique plot. I really enjoyed this, and I think that fans of YA paranormal romance would enjoy this as well.
Posted November 8, 2012
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I think this book may just have made me a sci-fi fan! I've read a few sci-fi novels over the years but it's one genre that I am still very cautious of reading these typse of books. This book was done in a way that wasn't wasn't too out there for me and I ended up really liking this book.
I do have to admit though that I wasn't familiar with the book or the author until I did a cover review of this book a couple months ago but I'm very glad I was able to get a chance on the blog tour for Colonization.
Like I said previously, the book was written in away that it wasn't too out there. I don't know about you but with a lot of the sci-fi novels out there I have a problem when they get to involved with aliens. Luckily this one was really good. It reminded me of Across the Universe by Beth Revis in a lot of ways but still remained it's own novel.
I thought Andromeda (Love her name) was a great character. Despite everything she was very much still a typical teenage girl with a bad case of forbidden love for her best friend Sirius. Thank goodness for no insta love! However, circumstances require her to get closer to the boy she's matched up with Corvus and eventually her feelings for him grow and a love triangle ensues which I surprisingly didn't mind because there was much, much more to the novel than the romance angle.
I thought that the fact that Aubrie used ghost aliens in the story was pretty neat because I personally haven't seen that occurr in very many noves so it was rather refreshing to employ them in the plot. The whole book was a refresing, adventurous and compelling read that had me wanting more and more the further I got into the writing. I can't wait to read the second book in this new series. Strong characters, well developed plot and a great writing style is what made me love this book so much.
I thought the book was great and it definitely has me wanting to read Aubrie's other novels because she's got a gift for making the sci-fi dystopian angle her own that isn't too out there for the unintiated to the genre to enjoy and I really hope that they're like this one. I would highly recommend this novel to fans of the Across the Universe Series by Beth Revis.
*I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my FREE and HONEST review.
Posted November 7, 2012
In this futuristic story Andromeda, better known as Annie, finds herself at 17 years old, about the face the greatest and most challenging thing in her life. Annie has spent her entire life on a spaceship, which her great grandfather is the commander of. They are about to reach their destination, and not only must she cope with that, now that she is 17, she must take a test to find out her job assignment, as well as being assigned a life mate, which is all done by computer. She longs to be paired with her best friend, the oh so hot Sirius. When this doesn't happen and she finds herself partnered with Corvus, and is very distraught. As they land in this new world and acclimate to it, establishing their colony there, strange things begin to happen, which Annie finds herself right in the middle of. She also begins to find herself having feelings she thought she never would for Corvus. Corvus is a hottie to, but in a different way than Sirius. When a strange illness threatens the lives of two people, and Sirius disappears after Andromeda convinces him to help her find the answer to what is going on, it is up to Annie to save them.
With Corvus' help, the two of them set off to find Sirius and his crew, and hopefully find the answers that will save the colony. Their perilous journey also brings Annie and Corvus closer together, as she sees a whole new side to him that she hadn't opened herself up to before. They must race against time and the elements to save not only her friends, but the entire colony, but as circumstances get more serious, will they be able to do this, and convince everyone of the truth before it's to late for them all?
Colonization is a YA science fiction/fantasy/romance that I enjoyed. The story was original and entertaining. At first I wasn't sure if it was for me, but soon found myself engrossed in the story. I loved Andromeda/Annie, who ended up being quite the heroine. I also really liked Corvus, he was sincere and desired nothing more than to help and support Annie, and he turned out to be hero material himself. I enjoyed the relationship that developed between these two, as Annie struggled with her feelings for both Sirius and Corvus. Both Annie and Corvus were kind of slackers in school, but impressed me in that they rose to the occasion and really proved themselves. I liked Sirius also, but he tended to let what those in charge thought of him take priority over his relationships. Annie has to face her feelings and choose between the boy she has always loved and the boy who is now winning her heart. There was quite a bit of adventure, paired with the science fiction and fantasy elements, as well as romance. Overall, I enjoyed this story. If you are looking for a quick and enjoyable read, and are a science fiction fan, then you might want to check Colonization out.
Posted November 13, 2012
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