Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

Paradise 21 is the first book in the series A New Dawn by Aubrie Dionne and a Sci/Fi Romance from Entangled Publishing.

Book Blurb:

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity 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 the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses 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 her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.

My thoughts:

Aries Ryder resides aboard the New Dawn - a spaceship traveling towards Paradise 21, a planet that is to be colonized by the descendants of a no longer habitable Earth.

The journey to Paradise 21 will take hundreds of years, Aries will not live to reach her destination - but it is her job to provide her genetic DNA for those that will.

Her genetic match has already been chosen, Lt. Astor Barliss - but Aries is tired of having everything chosen for her.  She wants to perform a job of her choosing and marry a man she desires and loves - not one that matches her genetically.

So she plans a daring escape from the New Dawn.

Crashing her escape pod on Sahara 354, Aries plans to fake her death and make her way on her own.  But things don’t work out the way she planned when she is confronted by the local inhabitants.

Striker is a space pirate who has been stranded on Sahara 354 for five years.  His crew mutinied, decided they were better off without him, and left him.  He has spent the last five years trying to find a way off planet - and with Aries help, he may have finally found the way.

But Lt. Barliss is not one to give up on something he considers his - and he considers Aries to be his.  He is determined to find her..dead or alive.  And if she is alive, she is going back to the New Dawn - and to the life he has planned for her.

Paradise 21 is a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

I give Paradise 21, 4 out of 5 stars.

Title: Paradise 21
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Novel – 247 pages
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-02-2
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-03-9


Blodeuedd said...

Glad to see you enjoyed this one :)
I so long for an e-reader of my own, but then again I am glad Lis helps me on my blog

Aubrie said...

Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it.