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  • ISBN-13: 9781937044039
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Series: A New Dawn Series , #1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,324,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines. When she's not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.
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  • Posted August 1, 2011


    In Paradise 21, Dionne introduces us to Aries and Striker, a romantic pairing full of chemistry and spirit. The romance is a bright light in a world where mankind is fighting for survival in a hostile universe.

    Aries shuns a life aboard a colony ship traveling to humanities' last salvation. Computers dictate careers and assigned marriages ensure that humanity avoids a genetic bottleneck. Following in her friend's footsteps, Aries makes a bid for freedom, and ends up on a desert planet full of hostile creatures and the handsome, marooned pirate, Striker. Unfortunately, Aries' unwanted fiancé is hot on her trail.

    But the journey doesn't end there for Aries. Indeed, the adventure is just getting started in this gem of a Sci-Fi romance. Come August, you cannot miss this one!

    I can't wait for the next installment of this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Amazing sci-fi adventure mixed with sweet romance!

    In Aubrie Dionne's Paradise 21, the chance for freedom resides where the heart is.

    Aries is a Lifer, residing on the New Dawn and bound by whatever fate test scores and a computer cook up for her. Longing for a life of her own, she escapes to Sahara 354, a land of eternal day, sandworms, lizard-people, and a smoking hot space pirate named Striker. When her betrothed-to-be lands on the planet in search for her, Aries may have to give up her long-lost freedom for the man she loves.

    Paradise 21 is beautifully written. Each word sings on the page and lends importance to the plot, setting, and characters. Ms. Dionne brings to life new worlds from cold, deep space to the desert planet and its strange inhabitants. We feel the heat and the isolation within the universe. As a science fiction novel, Paradise 21 explodes with action-packed drama; as a romance novel, it oozes with sweet romance. The strongest part of this novel resides within the characters. They are flawed and wonderful. Their issues and how they overcome them moves the plot forward. There is never a dull moment! Each character shows growth in who they are, although some characters never change, like people. Ms. Dionne yanks the reader into the worlds she creates and doesn't let them up for air until the last page. Best of all, Paradise 21 reminds us freedom is sacred, sacrifice involves love, and every creature is important.

    Aubrie Dionne's Paradise 21 catapults me into outer space where anything is possible, but most of all love, and I love this novel and highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Space ships, pirates and aliens - a fantastic mix!

    Mankind's last hope, space ships, desert planets, pirates, and aliens! I knew I was going to love this book before I even started reading, and I wasn't disappointed.
    The story cleverly weaves together a number of themes: freedom, duty, the cost of survival. The central romance between Aries, who dreams of freedom, and Striker the marooned space pirate who dreams of a new world for everyone, is beautifully done.
    But what really made the book for me, was the richness of the secondary characters, who were all uniquely individual and brought fantastically to life. Especially, Tiff, the tough space pirate who secretly yearns for the very things Aries is running from, a secure home and family of her own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    Exciting & Intriguing Start of a Marvelouw Space Adventure

    This book is unquestionably, without a doubt, my favorite Science Fiction book this year. It began well, and by the end, I was just totally blown away. The characters captured my imagination and tugged my heartstrings. Each of them is distinctive and fully-fleshed, with believable history and motivations. Aries is a beautiful woman who dares to flaunt the rules and restrictions imposed upon all the pioneers aboard the colony ship. Regardless of consequences, she is determined to escape the confines of the huge vessel. She has no desire to be mated to the man that was computer selected for her, nor does she want a lifetime of a computer-assigned career in a field that holds no interest. It was easy for me to relate to Aries. It was easy to feel compassion for her predicament. At the same time, though, I could understand the necessity for her to fall in line, indeed, truly, the possible survival of everyone aboard the colony ship could be in jeopardy if the group were to lose her unique and carefully selected DNA. Aries is an intelligent, strong woman, and a fierce, cunning fighter. She meets creatures that are unusual and exceedingly dangerous; against all odds she perseveres. Then she encounters another human on the blistering desert planet. Striker is a space pirate who has been marooned for five years - tricked by the woman he had loved and trusted. Striker and Aries share a dogged determination to survive even with the odds stacked severely against them. I thrilled to share vicariously in their many adventures. They encountered and overcame adversity; determined to follow their own paths and, in the process, give the desperate, wretched, orphaned survivors of a barely functional space station new hope, and a chance for a future ripe with possibility. It is almost unheard of for me to re-read a book, but honestly, with this one I may have to make a rare exception. Reviewed by Laurie-J

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Action, Adventure, Ethics and Love

    I've enjoyed author Aubrie Dionne's beautifully lyrical Seasons of Fantasy short stories and, as an aspiring writer, wondered how her prose would translate into a full-length novel. Having just read Paradise 21, I can confirm the musical qualities of her writing blend well with the speed, direction and depth of a science fiction novel to create well-drawn characters, complex situations and a really good read.
    Coming from two dystopian futures, protagonists Aries and Striker find a third way. Aries, fleeing from arranged marriage on a colony ship, meets renegade Striker on a barren desert planet where he's been marooned by those he loved and trusted. The scene is set for simple romance, and romance is certainly offered. But the emotions in this novel run deeper, as do the ethics and the implications of future history. An entertaining, action-filled adventure follows, with quiet questions lurking like fluted refrains, drawing the story together into something more.
    How do we fall in love? Why do we break the rules? How much should we care for people we've never met? And where do politics and ambition fit into personal relationships? The story moves forward like a well-plotted movie (think Star Wars at its best), and the background score of questions and misconception plays beautifully. In the end, as the characters are drawn to a well-rounded conclusion, there's just the right space left for ideas to linger in the reader's mind. Not too short, not too long; not too simple, not too complex; not too fanciful, not too restrained; Paradise 21 is well-written, well-imagined, and well-read.

    Disclosure: I got a free ecopy of this book as part of the author's blog tour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Across The Universe Meets Dune

    I enjoyed the triple storyline of the New Dawn crew, the space pirates and Aries and Striker as they converge on the desert planet. It's a fresh, science fiction adventure which contrasts the ultra sheltered life Aries hated on New Dawn with the freedom and despiration of the space pirate. I guess the grass is always greener applies to space as well as neighborhoods.

    What kept me reading was Aries deep POV. She makes tough choices and grows into an independant heroine. With so many plots in play, I can't wait to see where this story goes next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

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    Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne ¿¿¿¿¿ Earth had been unlivable for

    Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

    Earth had been unlivable for some time, and Aries had grown up on a spaceship called the New Dawn. To keep their race populated, people were matched together to wed and have children. Aries did not like the life partner chosen for her or the caged-in space ship. Aries decided to take her life into her own hands. She escaped onto a desert planet that could sustain life and that she had believed to be uninhabited by humans... until Striker had found her.

    Striker was a pirate who was marooned on the planet by his crew members and Aries was the first human he had seen in years. They worked together to repair an old alien ship to escape the desert planet and find another planet more like earth in hopes to leave before the New Dawn came back for Aries.

    This book was a different read for me and was more on the sci-fi side. It took me a while to get into it since it was a different world, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was a major, fast-paced, action-packed adventure. I read someone’s comment stating that it read like a movie and I agree. This could be made into a great movie with all of the action in it. There wasn’t room for dull moments.

    I liked that this book had multiple point of views, some of them I probably could have done without, but that is most likely because I liked the other characters better and just wanted to be focused on them - especially Striker, because he was awesome.

    The author created a wonderful adventure and I loved how there was always something going on. She knew how to keep me interested. It was a fun, well-written book. I look forward to continuing this series when I have more time.

    I received this book from the author for review.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Great story full of engaging characters!

    Paradise 21 was a very refreshing read for me. The setting is far in the future. The Earth has become uninhabitable and humans are forced to live in space. The heroine, Aries, escapes from the New Dawn, a spaceship full of people who are locked into their lots in life by the very genes that make them who they are. Their genetic makeup decides their jobs and even who they have to marry.

    Intent on escaping her supposedly computer-arranged marriage, Aries takes an escape pod to a dangerous desert world, where she meets the space pirate, Striker. Striker carries his own emotional baggage after being abandoned on the planet by his crew, and the one person he thought he could trust.

    This is an exceptional tale. Aries is a bit naive in the beginning, but grows a lot as a character throughout the story. Striker grows as well, although he didn't have quite so far to go, in my opinion. There are also many very engaging--and not-so-engaging but still intriguing--secondary characters. I'm excited to read the next book of the series!

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended Sci-Fi Romance!

    Aubrie was a new author to me and I loved this book by her! Once I started the book, I didn't want to put it down.
    Aries is a lifer on a Colonial ship and her genetic code is needed to continue humanity as they search for Paradise 21, a replacement for planet Earth which has been destroyed by man. She is betrothed to a dedicated lifer who she can't stand.
    Stryker is a pirate that Aries meets when she attempts to escape from the Colonial ship.
    Lots of pirates... and dangerous creatures... and alien technology... and romance...
    I'm looking forward to Book #2 in this series!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Science Fiction Romance

    I will say up front that I am not usually a science fiction enthusiast. I enjoy classic science fiction like War of the Worlds or The Time Machine. I chose to review this book because it was a romance, and it was something a little different.

    I went into this reading with an open mind. And I really found the writing style interesting, and I was intrigued by the story line. The love story fascinated me, and the science fiction elements were not too "out there."

    About halfway through the book, I found myself losing interest. But what kept me going was the love story. I just had to know what happened. And I was not disappointed.

    What did disappoint me was the the last 10 or so pages left many unanswered questions (maybe setting up for a sequel??) and tied up loose ends way too fast. I felt like the author threw the ending together and tried to hurry too quickly. Just my opinion.

    For true science fiction enthusiasts and those who love a good romance, this story would be a nice, light read. Be warned that there are some adult words (i.e. profanity), but they are not too prevalent. I did feel that they were usually unnecessary. There were thankfully no sex scenes--I always appreciate that!

    I was given a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Great Entertainment

    Aries is a spunky, strong-minded young woman who had me cheering for her from the first page. She's determined to carve out her own destiny, no matter the odds. And the challenges she faces are steep. Escaping from the New Dawn is one thing, surviving that escape is another thing entirely.

    Although labeled a pirate, Striker is pure hero material through and through. He'll do what's necessary, and he's not afraid to make difficult choices when needed. A soft spot for the underdogs and a hard edge for those who'd take advantage kept me reading to the end just to see if he'd attain his heart's desire.

    Three cheers for Ms. Dionne. She's created an engaging cast of characters, each desperately struggling to live their lives and find happiness in a universe where living things have all but become extinct. Her skillfully drawn characterizations are captivating.

    The world building is believable from the first page and enables you to sit back and enjoy the thrill ride that is Paradise 21. A tightly woven plot and a masterfully developed sub-plot will keep you turning pages.

    If you are sci-fi romance fan, I highly recommend this book. It's a fast paced adventure that's hard to put down. So hard in fact, that I read it in one sitting! I'm glad this is a series. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Paradise 21 takes you on a ride you'll never forget.

    Paradise 21 takes you on a ride you'll never forget.

    Aries finds herself trapped in a world where she has no choices. As a Lifer, her husband and profession are chosen for the good of future generations.

    Determined to be her own person, Aries takes the ultimate risk and escapes the confines of New Dawn, a ship traveling toward Paradise 21. Landing on her targeted planet, Aries finds more than she ever expected - dangerous life forms and another human.

    Aubrie Dionne did a wonderful job. The story is well-written, vivid, and heart touching. I'd recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced story that delves into a sweet romance set in a futuristic atmosphere.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    An Exciting Sci-Fi Romance!

    There's nothing I love more in a romance novel than a strong female protagonist, and that's exactly what you get in Paradise 21. I liked the heroine, Aries, instantly; from page one I knew she'd take me for a ride that was--pardon the pun--out of this world.

    Rejecting her oppressive life aboard the New Dawn, where one's destiny is determined by a cold, sterile process rather than their heart's desire, Aries sets off on the dangerous journey of a lifetime.

    Ms. Dionne's emotively written Paradise 21 is about hope, the fight for a better life and forbidden love...with a sexy pirate. I highly recommend this new release in which the exciting plot is driven by unique, 3-dimensional characters you won't soon forget.

    Rhiannon Ellis--author of Bonded in Brazil and Dark Wolf Protector

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