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Tundra 37 (a New Dawn, #2)

Tundra 37 (a New Dawn, #2)

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by Aubrie Dionne

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Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she's shocked that he's the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles Brentwood-a man oblivious to her existence. Believing everyone will think


Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she's shocked that he's the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles Brentwood-a man oblivious to her existence. Believing everyone will think she contrived the match, she erases it from the computer's memory.

Just as comets pummel the ship and destroy the pairing system forever.

With the Expedition disabled, the colonists must crash land on the barren ice world of Tundra 37 where Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by Lieutenant Brentwood. Only in the frozen tundra does she understand the shape of his heart and why the computer has entwined their destinies.

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Tundra 37

Book 2 of a New Dawn

By Aubrie Dionne, Kerry Vail

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Aubrie Dionne
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-937044-49-7



The Expedition, 2751

Names trailed in pairs along the wallscreen as the next batch of destinies unfolded. Gemme pulled her hair into a ponytail and sipped her synthetic coffee, reviewing the computer's choices. Beside her, a constellation of stars glittered on the sight panel. She studied the spherical pattern, content to watch the world float by from the safety of the Expedition's computer analytics wing.

She'd live and die on the decks of the aging transport ship. The certainty of her fate comforted her from the black void pressing in. Consistency gave her solace, and in her life regularity reigned. She lived through her work, finding life in numbers.

After another long sip, she gazed up at the screen and read the first pair of names.

Aaron Tixton and Cassandra Smith.

She accessed their profiles with the tip of her finger on her keypad. Both Lifers tested well in energy maintenance and ship repairs. Their personalities were type ISTP and type ENFJ, and their family trees didn't intersect until third cousins in the first generation, providing a promising match. Neither showed any manifestation of the rare hypergene they'd searched for since they left Earth, but no one she'd ever matched had. There were no guarantees the Seers would last until the ship reached Paradise 18. Suppressing a moment of worry, she scratched her chin, then typed an affirmation on the touchscreen.

Ray Ellis and Melissa Stewart. Although they were three years apart, Ray being the senior, their genes were optimally compatible. With resistance to Alzheimer's, cancer, and heart disease, they would produce durable children. The touchscreen flashed as her finger pressed enter.

Molly Fritz and —

The portal beeped, interrupting her work. Who would visit so early on the first morning shift? She'd dragged herself out of her sleep pod for a reason. The Seers expected the next report by fourteen hundred, and she didn't have time for unplanned meetings.

Gemme sighed and clicked off the screen. She couldn't have an intruder spying on the new sets of matches. She pressed the portal panel and the particles dematerialized like falling stars, revealing a stellar beauty.


"Gemme." Luna shifted and leaned her busty body against the portal frame. "How are you? I haven't talked to you in years."

For a reason.

Uneasiness spread through Gemme's shoulders, making her neck tingle. A vision of Luna's highly mascaraed teen face scrunched up in anger came back to her. What am I going to do with you, you freckle-faced cybergeek? You make me look bad with all your studying and high test scores, Luna had taunted before she smacked Gemme in the chest, leaving a bruise that had lasted for two months. Sure, Gemme had pushed her back, but Luna's final shove had landed her in the recycling bin. She'd suffered in that cold, metal container for four hours before a custodian heard her banging for help.

Luna had claimed it was an accident, and as the Lieutenant's daughter, and the descendant of the original founder of the Expedition, everyone believed her. Gemme hadn't pressed the issue. No one messed with the Legacys. Since then, she'd stayed clear of the beauty and her bullying tactics. As Luna hovered over her, Gemme sensed where this conversation led, and it made the coffee in her stomach churn like acid.

"I've got a lot of work to do, Luna. What do you need?"

Luna flipped her wavy blonde hair behind her shoulder and stared at her as if she had a right to be there. "I want to discuss my pairing."

"You know I can't talk of future matches." Gemme fought to keep her tone professional. "The computer makes the decisions. I only review the pairings and double-check for glitches."

"You have more power than you let on, Gemme, dear." Luna pushed past her and slinked across her office, tapping her fingertips along the keyboards.

Hot air flared out of Gemme's nostrils. The nerve! Luna asked her to change the bylaws, to risk her job after years of bullying? Her cheeks burned like a supernova. The keys clicked under Luna's long nails in a rhythmic pitter-patter. Thank goodness she'd locked down the system.

The blinking button for the screen stood out like a dwarf star. Luna inched toward it. Gemme squeezed by her and stuck her small body between Luna's ginormous chest and the touchscreen, turning her back on her to protect the machine.

"I can't change the pairings, only approve or disapprove."

"You can disapprove of everyone for me."

The harshness in her voice made Gemme whip around from the controls and stare her down. "You're telling me you don't want a lifemate?"

"You didn't let me finish." Luna's lips slid into a smile. "Everyone, that is, except Miles Brentwood."

Of course. Gemme could've guessed that request from a parsec away. The computer hadn't assigned Miles Brentwood a lifemate yet. Five years their senior, not only was he powerful, attractive, and brilliant, his sweet charm could warm even the coldest reaches of deep space. Somehow, even though Luna was gorgeous, Gemme didn't think she deserved Brentwood, and she reveled in the fact that she couldn't honor Luna's request.

"The computer decides the lifemates, not me." Besides, pairing Luna with Lieutenant Brentwood would explode the mainframe of the lifemate pairing system. The computer's choices had an excellent success rate, much better than the statistics she'd seen from Old Earth. She couldn't imagine people choosing for themselves.

Luna shrugged as if she discussed tricking a five-year-old instead of defying a centuries-old system. "If you deny every pairing for me, eventually his name will come up."

Gemme held her nose up, but her head only came up to Luna's magnificent plunging neckline. Why didn't her uniform ever look as good? "I'm not going to bend the rules for you."

Luna pulled back and pouted her full lips. "I thought you'd say as much. That's why I brought you a bribe."

She dropped a piece of paper on Gemme's desk. Before Gemme could reply, Luna slipped around her and jogged out the portal. "Think about it. Get back to me." Her voice echoed down the corridor, cheerful, yet tense.

Gemme watched her leave, stunned. What could Luna have that she wanted, besides an apology? She'd already earned a cushy job with a cosmic view. Gemme picked up the piece of paper, feeling the strange thinness in her hands. Paper was only used for formal occasions. What could it be?

Opening the folds of the document revealed a border of glittering gold. The writing was etched in inky cursive. Gemme gasped as she studied the contours of the inscription.

Request granted. Please present this upon arrival on Control Deck 67.

A ticket to visit the Seers. This rarity was one more shred of proof the Legacys had advantages others didn't have.

Why would she ever want to meet them? The Seers had sealed their chamber for the last century for fear of weakening their fragile bodies with germs. People whispered about their transformation from real humans born on Old Earth to skeletons and machines. Just thinking about how they'd severed their arms and legs after the limbs had atrophied to have wires run directly into their torsos made her squirm.

She realized Luna didn't know her at all. Status quo contented Gemme more than any high position or special meeting. She wanted to live her life on the Expedition, drink her coffee, and play matchmaker in space.

Gemme slipped the document underneath her keyboard. She'd have to return it to Luna herself. This couldn't be trusted with interdepartmental mail and she didn't want Luna thinking she owed her anything.

After the portal materialized, she flicked on the button for the pairing system and the list of names blinked on her wallscreen.

Now where was I? Oh yes, Molly Fritz and —

A letter G stole her attention from halfway down the second column. She skimmed the names.

It couldn't be.

Gemme gasped and backed away from the wallscreen. Her touchscreen fell to the floor and rattled.

Gemme Reiner and Miles Brentwood.

Her first thought was of Luna running at her with a laser gun.

But I didn't choose it. The computer did.

She knew the day would come when her name would cross the screen, she just didn't think it would be today or it would be him. Everyone would suspect she devised the pairing herself. She'd look like the most selfish, hypocritical computer analyst in the history of the Expedition. She might even lose her job.

She scrambled to the floor and collected the touchscreen. Her hands shook as she replaced it on her desk. Wasting no time, she highlighted their names and the reasoning for the pairing. They both had history of mild high blood pressure, and a few minor propensities for anxiety in their family trees. They weren't incompatible, but they sure as hell weren't a perfect match either. Although, their first names sounded so right together: Gemme and Miles.

Shaking the nonsense from her head, she forced herself to focus. The fluorescent yellow connecting her name and his made her uneasy. Her finger paused over the word delete. For a millisecond, she thought of his strong hands touching her cheek, running across the back of her neck and into her hair.

Stop fantasizing!

Why would such a man be matched to her? Obviously the computer had miscalculated. Here lay the one glitch she was destined to fix. Gemme's finger trembled as she pressed the touchscreen. In an instant, their names disappeared, deleted forever in the vastness of deep space. Even the Seers wouldn't detect it in their nets.

A response beeped on the screen.

Pairing denied.

Gemme breathed with relief. She couldn't have people thinking she'd manipulated the system, especially Luna. Besides, attraction shouldn't factor in any of the matches.

She picked up her coffee mug just as a crash echoed above her head. The floor rumbled beneath her feet. Had her deletion wreaked havoc on the whole system?

Two monotone voices echoed in unison out over the intercom. "Comet shower approaching. Collisions imminent. Evacuate the outer levels."

Gemme froze. Danger to the Expedition? Impossible! The Seers would have detected any danger from a parsec away. They could never be wrong. The Guide said so.

Another crash shuddered the floor and she fell to her knees. The wallscreen flickered. She gazed out the sight panel at the familiar constellation. Balls of red with trailing tails streaked the sight panel. She fisted her hands. Had the Seers failed? She had no time to ponder the impossible. Her office lay on an outer deck. She had to get to safety.

Her first thought shot to the computers. Could she save her life's work? For privacy, the Seers instructed each matchmaker to store all data on the computer in front of her. The lights flickered out and an alarm screamed down the hall. One of the fiery balls grew larger, hurtling right toward the glass separating Gemme from the void of space.

Forget the data.

Taking one look back at her touchscreens, Gemme sprinted to the portal and slammed her fist on the panel. The second it took for the particles to dematerialize tugged on her nerves. Visions of space sucking her out haunted her more than visions of being stuck to the ship like the Seers. Gemme clutched her hands together and bounced on her toes.

The particles disappeared, and smoke wheezed in. Bending down, Gemme covered her mouth with the sleeve of her uniform and ran. The ship pitched sideways, and she fell into the wall, bumping her knee. Her leg collapsed, but she forced herself up through the pain. The corridors lay empty. Was she the last one on the outer decks? She hoped so. Most of the Lifers slept in their cells at the heart of the ship at such an early hour.

"Hull breach imminent. Congregate to the inner decks immediately."

Was there a hint of fear in the Seers' voices? Gemme refused to believe it. The Seers had everything under control. They always did. They wouldn't let anything happen to her, would they?

She punched the portal panel in front of the elevators, but nothing happened. Fear twisted her stomach, climbing its way up her throat. She breathed in, and the air seared the back of her mouth. Coughing, she slammed the panel harder.

Come on, you aging piece of junk.

The panel light flickered out like a dying sun.

Smoke filled the corridor and burned her eyes. She ran to the air shaft's emergency ladders. Another crash hit the hull, and another. What were the Seers doing? Had they lost their minds? She clung to each ladder rung as she climbed down, afraid another shock would send her plummeting ten levels at once.

As she reached the next deck, the air spiraled over her head. Pressure sucked the breath out of her lungs. A warning buzz sounded, and the Seers' unison voices echoed out, "Hull breach on Deck 86."

Gemme searched below her feet. She could climb down ten more rungs to close the lower hatch, or climb back up five to close the upper hatch. Metal clicked, and the emergency systems made the decision for her. Beneath her feet, the particles of the lower hatch materialized.

Panic rushed up her legs along with the dwindling air. The Seers had locked her out.

Gemme stared at the spinning particles. If she fell too soon, she'd be stuck in the particles of the hatch and the portal would rematerialize inside her. She had to wait for the hatch to become solid.

The air grew thin and she gasped for breath. The force of the suction pulled at her, yanking hair out of her ponytail. Once the hatch formed, she leaped down on top of it. Scrambling in the folds of her uniform, she brought out her keytag.

Thank goodness she'd worn it around her neck. Sometimes the cord irritated her skin, and she took it off, setting it by her touchscreen. Now, she wasn't sure if her touchscreen still existed. The thought of her office pummeled by comets flashed in her mind. She couldn't go back for anything now.

She shoved the keytag into the portal panel and typed override. A message popped up.

Please enter your security code.

The temperature dropped and she shivered, sucking in one last breath. Gemme forced herself to type slowly to get it right. One missed touch would shut her out forever.

Her heart raced as she tapped the panel and the particles disappeared.

A wave of hot air blew by her as the hatch reopened. Gemme jumped down and slammed her fist against the panel to close it above her. As the particles solidified, she climbed down to the next level and kicked something blocking her way.

"Whoa! Look out."

Miles Brentwood gazed up from the toes of her boots, his green-flecked eyes piercing the semidarkness. Gemme's heart sped up. To see any person right now made her emotions crumble, never mind the man she'd been thinking of ever since she deleted their pairing. "If you're going up, there's no way out. I sealed the passage."

"I'm not going anywhere." He took the sight of her in, traveling up her cheek to her eyes and she almost lost her grip on the ladder rung. "I'm looking for you."

Miles Brentwood had come to spend the end of the world with her? Gemme's mind reeled. Nothing that morning had made any sense. She felt stuck in some sort of quasi-nightmare turned hot dream. "What?"

Although chaos crashed around them, his hair still looked perfect, the blond wave rising an inch above his broad forehead. "I'm retrieving all the stragglers. I followed your locater number."

"Oh." She looked away, feeling sheepish and small. How could she have ever thought he'd know who she was, never mind go searching for her in particular during this disaster?

He gestured over his shoulder. "There's a safe chamber just down this hall. Follow me."

Gemme collected her scattered emotions just as something crashed against the hatch above them. The screeching sound of crushed metal echoed down the vent shaft.

Brentwood shouted over the din, "This compartment's losing pressure, come on!"

She followed him down two more levels and through a side passage she'd never have found by herself. They crawled through an air shaft, collecting dust webs under their fingers. A metal grating hung missing half its hinges. Had he come all this way just for her?

Brentwood looked back at her over his shoulder. "It's not far. You can jump."

He paused at the hole below them and waited for her to make the first move.

Of course, his valor screamed "ladies first."

Gemme dangled her legs and judged the distance from the ceiling to the floor below her feet. If she fell the wrong way, she'd break both her ankles.

He must have seen fear cross her eyes because he offered his hands. "Here, I'll help you."


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surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
A spectacular science fiction romance novel, Aubrie Dionne’s TUNDRA 37 excites and sizzles despite the chill of deep space and an ice-covered planet. Gemme’s perfectly ordered world is about to be shattered. As a matchmaker aboard the Expedition, she has life all figured out, but then she’s paired with the handsome Lieutenant Miles Brentwood. Every lady wants him, especially her enemy Luna Legacy. In a haste decision, she deletes her own pairing and finds her world breaking apart in a shower of comets. When their spaceship crashes on the ice planet Tundra 37, Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by none other than Brentwood. As Gemme struggles with her attraction to him, she must find a way to survive within the chaos of her new life. TUNDRA 37 ensnares the reader and explodes upon the page in a fast-paced space adventure filled with romance, mystery, and fantastical creatures. Gemme is an unlikely heroine, but she captures the reader’s heart, and I couldn’t help but cheer for her and Brentwood. Dionne’s beautiful way with words can pour tenderness with a single glance, and yet strike the reader with the dangers and horrors of this new planet. The scenes between the past and present read seamlessly and draw the reader further into the characters’ motives. The romance is sweet, and the science fiction is out of this universe. TUNDRA 37 may very well be Aubrie Dionne’s best novel to date!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Dionne; I was hooked by the premise, and decided to give the book a chance. Overall, it was quite enjoyable. Gemme and Miles are sympathetic characters; they are sincerely good people doing the best they can in a bad situation. And there were a number of exciting sequences, like the mammoth chase. Unfortunately, the story was weighed down by numerous flashback sequences, which really did nothing to propel the plot. The origin and nature of the orb is never explained, and throwing a past life element into the mix just muddied the storyline. Finally, there were a surprising number of typographical errors. Overall, Tundra 37 was fun. I recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet romance free of sex and swearing. Personally, I am not sure if I will be continuing with the series. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
||| A large brute slipped through the underbrush outside of the pack's camp. Despite being one of the many largest wolves there is, he walked quietly and carefully. His wide muscular shoulders rippled as he turned his head up to sniff the air. The scent of his mate was nowhere, it was as if she had dissapeared off the face of the earth. Sorrow enveloped him and he let out a low howl as he sat down. The love of his life had left him. He knew it, if only he had listened to his gut before. He could lf stopped her, protected her. It was his duty... and he had failed. |||
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im baaaaaack!!!!!!!!! FIANALLY!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Springs into action when he hears the comotion outside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sci-fi love story full of original ideas, likable characters, and the romance stays clean enough that I would also recommend this for young adult readers. I highly recommend! I will be reading more Aubrie Dionne titles!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book 2 days ago and was hooked right away... I didn't want to put it down. It's a sci-fi with a romance ... but it's much more than that. The author weaves the stories of many of the Lifers and others into the book. The primary story line is the relationship between Gemme, the Expedition's matchmaker, and Miles, a lieutenant. Gemme was not looking for a match for herself when the matching computer paired her with Miles, a highly-sought-after handsome bachelor on the ship. Minutes later, the Expedition entered a meteor shower and the matching computer along with some of the ship was destroyed. The ship had been headed to Paradise 18 but has to crash land on Tundra 37. In addition to the romance, the reader will also learn of Vira, who cannot walk. She lost her hovercraft (a futuristic wheelchair) in the meteor shower. However, she has abilities that, if she's brave enough to try, will be crucial to the survival of the Lifers. The reader will be torn by the stories of the Seers, who are the lifeblood of the ship and of James, who wasn't able to join the Lifers, and more... The heartbreaking last days of Planet Earth are told ... The author does an awesome job in bring to life thru the pages all of their lifestories of heartbreak, heroism and survival. I enjoyed this story very much and am looking forward to the next installment. I have read these in order, but, for those who may wonder, it is not necessary. The prior story (which was also very good) does not need to be read before this one. flag
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Tundra 37, by Aubrie Dionne, is the second in her New Dawnscience-fiction series. Intriguingly, this is the sort of series that really doesn’t need to be read in order, with connected histories but entirely different futures. Colonists in the previous novel searched for Paradise 21, but colonists on Expedition have a whole new destiny. When meteors hit, the colony ship seems doomed, leaking air and rocked by explosions while its stores of power run low. Meanwhile citizens race down broken corridors, crew rescue survivors, and the mysterious Seers, now little more than extensions of the ship’s primary systems, give their all to save. It’s interesting to wonder what kind of community mankind might develop to survive the centuries-long journeys from star to star. Aubrie Dionne offers Lifers a computer-pairing system, matching genes that will keep the communal gene-pool healthy and the colony filled with life. In Paradise 21, the protagonist fled from her genetic match. In Tundra 37, a delightfully and genuinely mathematical Genne simply knows she’s not worthy. When the matching computer’s destroyed, together with all plans for the future, the logical Genne has to wonder if she’s wasted her life. But fate, a curious orb, and true love might lend a hand. There’s a nice balance of action, speculative fiction and romance in this story, plus an intriguing mystery and a well-rounded background in the future history of mankind. Tundra 37 is the sort of book that gives far more than it promises, invites questions of science and destiny, and creates characters who seem as real as any in the world around us. Even the Seers prove human in the end. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel to review for the author’s Enchanted Book promotions tour
martha75 More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the paradise 21. Was well put together and thougt out. I enjoyed it very much. If you like reading a book with a love story and technology as the background then you will love this book. It is easy to read and an easy to follow story line. It is also easy to put down and pick back up and remember what it is about.
RIA_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was a rush. It took a slightly different path than Paradise 21. The ship, Expedition, is being run by twins who have telepathic powers. They have been controlling the ship since it's take off from Old Earth. We actually get to follow the story of the twins, through the eyes of Mestasis. I loved reading about what Old Earth was like before it was abandoned. I loved reading about Gemme and Miles. She starts out as this shy girl but through the book she shows that she has so much strength. She is brave and smart. Miles is caring, and concerned for all the people on the Expedition. He is brave and completes his duties, regardless of his own safety. They are both great characters. The planet, Tundra 37, sounds amazing. It may be a frozen wasteland but I am just picturing all of that white! The animals on this planet sounded very interesting. I loved the descriptions, and that alien mammoth sounds horrible. Aubrie Dionne has amazing talent. Both Paradise 21 and Tundra 37 drew me right in and kept me wanting more. I love books like that. I am looking forward to what she comes up with next!
Kayla_Tocco More than 1 year ago
Aubrie Dionne does a great job with her world-building, creating a science fiction novel that is easily believable is hard work and I found myself really feeling as though this place could exist. Taking place far in the future (and I mean far as in the 2700's) the population of the human species has lived aboard a space shuttle of sorts (think Xenon, Girl of the 21st Century) for centuries as they leave behind the destruction of Earth and attempt to make their way to a new planet Paradise 18. And while most of the people on this very large ship The Expedition won't live to see this planet because of the fact that it takes centuries to get there, they set off in hope of a better future for their offsprings offspring. On the way to Paradise 18, The Expedition is hit by a comet shower and the ship is forced to land on the first available planet capable of occupying life, unfortunately, said planet is currently experiencing an ice age, but with no choice they land and now a team must gather together in search of the proper supplies in this unknown world to keep the ship and it's inhabitant alive so that they can start building a future on this planet. Tundra 37. Enter Gemme, she was The Expedition's matchmaker, attempting to pair mates together to create the best offspring possible, until she finds her own name matched to the one man she thought she'd only ever be able to dream about being matched to. Afraid that the entire ship will think that she altered the computer system so that she was paired with the ships most eligible bachelor, she deletes the matching and not minutes later, her entire computer system is destroyed in the shower. Without a job, she is placed on a research and exploration team to hunt down minerals that are needed to keep everyone alive on the crashed ship. On his trip she is paired with none other than Lieutenant Brentwood, the very person who she was to be paired with according to the matchmaking system. Lieutenant Brentwood has never met Gemme before the comet shower but he instantly knows that she is the person he is meant to be with at all costs. However, Gemme's arch rival wants Miles Brentwood for himself and she's also one of the four members of the exploration team. Drama ensues. What did I like about this story? A lot of things really. The world building was great, and I particularly liked that the story had several different story lines in it concerning other members of the ship and their own personal journey during the crash and subsequent landing. The pacing was great, though at times I did find the constant back and forth of story lines was annoying as I kept wanting Gemme and Miles to have more screen time so to speak, but regardless, the story had me turning the pages. What problems did I have? I feel that due to the other story lines, the romance between Miles and Gemme was more a secondary plot, than the main focus of the story and also I feel that said romance was a little rushed. I know and love stories of destined lovers, but these two didn't know each other, there was more romance between them when they were recalling their past lives and dreams and I feel the I Love You's came too fast for the development of the relationship. Also, I tend to like my stories on the steamier side, though this is more a personal preference and didn't reflect negatively on the story overall, I just would have preferred to see more than a few kisses etc. and would have liked the sexual tension to be amped up more.
suttonfox More than 1 year ago
Gemme Reiner’s world is made up mostly of numbers. It’s her job to analyze data aboard the Expedition, specifically data related to human pairings. And she’s fine with that. They don’t call her the Matchmaker without reason. Her matches have nothing to do with love, and everything to do with the survival of the species. Lieutenant Miles Brentwood is charged with ensuring things run smoothly on the Expedition, and overseeing the health and safety of its human inhabitants. To him, humans aren’t just numbers and statistics; they’re real people with lives and loves of their own. Their world gets turned upside down and inside out when the best laid plans of their forefathers go awry. A field of comets not only forces a change in strategy, but reveals hidden agendas that ensure the end of everyone’s peaceful life on board the ship. Let me be one of the first to say Ms. Dionne has outdone herself with this story. While some of the plot lines might seem familiar, let me assure you they are not. Carefully crafted twists and surprises have made this story an action packed thrill ride from beginning to end. It has one of the most interesting sub plots I’ve read in a very long time. If you are a fan of sci-fi romance, you’ve got to read this book. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Paradise 21. This story is even better. If you are looking for your next favorite author, try Aubrie Dionne, and read Tundra 37. You won’t be disappointed.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Tundra 37 is a wonderful addition to the New Dawn series continuing to tell the story about a ship full of specially chosen individuals making their way to a new world after the Earth dies out. This particular expedition is full of intriguing characters, fast-paced action, scientific mysteries, and a bit of romance. With flashbacks from the past to the present and told from differing viewpoints the reader becomes quickly enmeshed in the story and as the struggle for life plays out your heartbeat races to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. The world building that Ms. Dionne has done in this book makes for an intriguing part of the story. Seeing how desperate the situation on Earth has become with its pollution, starvation, and political crises the need to go elsewhere is plainly obvious. The desperation people feel and the high hopes they have for the expedition are easily understandable and once the journey starts going wrong you can't help but feel their fear. Each character we're introduced to is unique with their own memorable backstories and qualities. From the psychic twins who have been physically connected to the ship for hundreds of years to the smart yet shy matchmaker to the young girl whose disability marks her as unimportant yet who has the ability to save everyone, I found myself fully invested in their lives and on the edge of my seat waiting to see what befell them next. Gemme is insecure but oh so likable. She's the matchmaker for her people, and using a computer she makes other couples happy, but when it comes to her own chosen match she doesn't think she's worthy enough. Miles Brentwood is one of the elite and considered quite the catch. He's honorable, handsome, and heroic. The computer says they should be together but once their world is turned upside down it's up to fate to bring them together. The sparks start flying between them the moment they see each other as the ship is falling down around them. Neither has felt such a connection before and as the story progresses you realize just how deep their connection goes. The love and attraction between them is blatantly obvious but it's never shown outright. There's a bit of kissing but nothing more. So those looking for hot and heavy action will be disappointed. But those who want a deeply emotional love played out before them will find Gemme and Miles' relationship extremely satisfying. There's a lot of scientific talk in this story that can get a bit overwhelming at times but it's nicely dispersed among some exciting action sequences. The political and socioeconomic views are easy to relate to and very timely. As a disabled person myself, the issues that are raised around disabilities were fascinating. From start to finish I found myself fully invested in the story and these character's lives. The action was fast-paced and moved along to a satisfying conclusion. This book can definitely be read on its own but with such an intriguing concept as the New Dawn series presents why wouldn't you want to read the other books in this series.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
Aboard the Expedition, the Lifers carry on with their every day tasks as the deep space vessel speeds along to a new paradise. The regular calm order is destroyed when the ship is damaged by a comet. Unable to complete the mission, they land on Tundra 37 with the hope of settling on the frozen planet. Gemme is the ship's Match-maker. Her life is quiet and full of numbers. When her name pops up on the screen along with the gorgeous Lieutenant Miles Brentwood's, she panics and deletes it. Yet it seems fate won't be denied. Gemme is assigned to be on Miles' team to search Tundra 37 for a fuel source the ship desperately needs. Out in the numbing cold, they face monsters, a greedy teammate, and each other. This story is wonderfully deep and complex. Talking about Gemme and Miles' romance alone won't do it justice. Their romance is sweet and amazing. It flowed naturally with the story and tugged on my heartstrings. I cheered on Gemme against her rival and uttered dreamy sighs with Miles' tender thoughts. I adored Gemme's character. She's different from the usual warrior-like sci-fi heroine, but she's strong in her own way. The secondary plots pulled me in just as much. I will forever have the image of the ancient Seers - the pilots of the Expedition - strung up in the ship burned into my mind. The little details Aubrie gives us are fascinating and horrifying at the same time. The glimpses of their memories of an Earth falling apart had me on the edge of my seat. (I can't wait to read A Hero Rising next!) My heart ached for them, but I loved how I couldn't figure out what they'd do next. They had their secrets just like various Lifers on the ship. Secrets passed from one generation to the next which could either save or destroy them.
Dr_Ann More than 1 year ago
Old Earth is dying. It’s only a matter of time before the planet runs out of resources. Realizing the inevitable, Thadious Legacy pulls a ship and crew together so humankind might have a chance of surviving. The Expedition took off from Old Earth hundreds of years ago. In addition to thousands of genetically-picked people, Mr. Legacy tapped twin sisters who are Seers to run the ship. After sustaining significant damage from a meteor shower, the Expedition crash-lands on Tundra 37, a frozen planet. Against this backdrop, Gemme, matchmaker for her generation and Miles discover one another. Gemme and Miles are thrown together as part of an away team to find hyperthilium, an element needed to power the ship. There’s also a mysterious orb in the control room with the Seers. Tundra 37 contains a beacon similar to the orb in that it lets people live in their memories. Long-standing hatred between the Seers threatens an already fragile survival situation. Strengths of this book are Gemme who is a sympathetic protag and the relationship between her and Miles. An issue I would have liked clarified is where the orb/beacon came from in the first place. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Ms. Dionne has completed several books in the Space Opera genre. She does a very good job describing spaceships and space travel.