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Posted February 7, 2012
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!
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Posted February 22, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2013
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Posted October 7, 2012
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.
Posted March 22, 2012
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
Posted March 12, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2012
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!
Posted March 2, 2012
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.
Posted March 2, 2012
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.
Posted February 28, 2012
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.
Posted February 24, 2012
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.
Posted February 8, 2012
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.