Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review of Paradise 21 By Aubrie Dionne

Paradise 21 (New Dawn)

Paradise 21
A New Dawn #1
By Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Number of Pages: 249
Published: July 27, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing


Book Description from Goodreads:

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind's last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where mankind can begin anew- a planet that won't be reached in Aries' lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe,she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers rumors about pirates - humans who have escaped her before its demise - are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possess the freedom Aries' envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet's native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.

My Review:

Aries Ryder had lived her entire life aboard the spaceship the New Dawn. Aries didn't like living her whole life on a ship, she was very determined not to. The New Dawn was headed to a new planet like earth, Paradise 21. Only thing was Aries would never live on Paradise 21 and she wanted off the ship. On the New Dawn your whole life was planned out for you. The computer picked your lifemate for you and you spent the rest of your life with that person. The computer also picked your life career for you from results of the test that you took. Test that you were trained for since the first day started school. Aries wanted no part of the life that she had been dealt. So she has been making plans for a while to get off the ship. She stole an escape pod and left the headed for a planet called Sahara 354. She had no clue what she would find on the planet but I guess to her it had to be better than marrying someone you didn't like much less love besides that someone you didn't even know.

After Aries crashed on Sahara 354 she ran into a little trouble with the life force on the planet. She was very lucky that she wasn't the only human on the planet. Striker had been stranded on the planet for five years by his own crew members, people he trusted. Striker had found a map to a new planet and his crew stole his ship and left him behind. But as soon as they realized that the map wasn't going to help them seeings how Striker had encoded it so no one could find it and get to the planet without him. Striker is a very smart man; he knows what he is doing.

Lieutenant Astor Barliss the man that Aries had been matched up with by the computer went looking for her when she failed to show up for a wedding. When he couldn't find her in her personal cell he called the main control deck and had them to activate her locator he found out that she had left the ship. He told them to inform the commander that she was missing and they were going to have to turn around. Barliss was very determined to get Aries back no matter what it cost him or the people on the New Dawn. A woman that he was going to marry was not going to embarrass him like this and get away with it. Barliss is the kind of man that likes to be the boss, to be in control. I can just see him not exactly running down the corridors of the ship but at a very brisk walk not shouting but in a very loud voice saying "stop the ship, stop the ship we have to turn around, now". The kind of man he is, having this picture in my mind kind of cracks me up.

I knew I had to read Paradise 21 after I read my first novel Colonization by Aubrie Dionne. I had to know more about Paradise 21 and other people from earth. I wanted to learn how their ancestors destoryed earth. I have always been a Star Trek fan and knew that the New Dawn series would be a great read especially after reading Colonization. I love Aubrie Dionne's writing she is amazing. I love reading science fiction and fantasy novels. I can't wait to know more about other people on some of the other ships that left earth behind to find a new life on a planet similar to earth. I have all intentions of reading the rest of the series as I do own them. This is a very great series and I highly recommended that anyone who likes science fiction or even if you don't, then this would be a great series to start with.

About the Author:

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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.

Now for the professional bio:

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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