Finding a new home has never been so dangerous. Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned life mate.
As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus? The oaf? But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus. Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus. Can she save the colony and discover her true love?
A couple of weeks ago I received two books by Aubrie Dionne, ‘Paradise 21’ and ‘Colonization’. I finished reading ‘Paradise 21’ a view weeks ago. It was my first Science Fiction book and I loved it. So this week I decided to start in ‘Colonization’. This book is the first in the ‘Paradise Reclaimed’ series and it takes place in the same world as the ‘New Dawn’ series only a couple of hundred years later.
In ‘Colonization’ we meet seventeen year old Andromeda, AKA Annie. Annie is the Great granddaughter of Commander Barliss. Commander Barliss we have met in ‘Paradise 21’. Now, many years later, Annie is part of the colony of the New Dawn and the ship is ready to land on their new planet: Paradise 21. Even though this is a huge happening, Annie isn’t looking forward to it. She loves her home and she is terrified of all the changes that will happen when they land. But that’s not the only thing that scares Annie. Annie has taken the aptitude test to determine her new ‘job’ and her new life mate. Annie was hoping her new life mate would be her childhood friend Sirius, but unfortunately the computer decided different. Her new assigned life mate is Corvus Holmes and Annie really doesn’t like him. Torn and sad of this new development Annie is anything but happy when they land on Paradise 21, but soon there is more to worry about than life mate assignments. The new planet Paradise 21 has a couple surprises ready for the new colony.
Although I really liked the book ‘Paradise 21’ I must say I totally loved ‘Colonization’. From the very first page I was really intrigued by the characters and I really wanted to know what would happen next. I really enjoyed Annie’s character. I liked how she didn’t immediately ‘love’ their new home. She was a little skeptical of this new planet and I really understood that feeling. I loved that there was a little ghost-thing going on in this book as well. It made this story even more interesting.
The other character I really liked was Corvus. I loved how he was nobody in the beginning of this book and how he fought to get Annie’s attention and grew into a important character.
There isn’t really a thing I didn’t like about this story. I liked the way this story continued in the world that Aubrie Dionne created in the ‘New Dawn’ series and how these new characters finished the quest that was made hundreds of years ago. I would definitely recommend this story to every Science Fiction lover out there.
About the Author:
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.
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