“Forbidden love on a paradise planet that’s anything but paradise...Dionne’s Colonization will keep you guessing.” – Cherie Reich, author of Defying Gravity
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 lifemate. 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 flash of remorse turned my stomach as I wondered if the computer would use the tests to pair us up as well. I’d be stuck with a dummy mate and Sirius would get someone smart and beautiful. I clenched my teeth, stifling the rising wave of anger and frustration building up in my chest. I wanted to stand up and scream, but instead I tried harder, exhausting my memory, pulling at any information I could recall. All of a sudden, I cared about my destiny and my lifemate pairing. Too bad the wake-up call had come too late.
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About the author:
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic
elements. 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 Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing,
Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in
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Colonization is the first book in the new Paradise Reclaimed series by Aubrie Dionne. It's a sci-fi romance revolving around a 17 year old girl named Andromeda. She has lived aboard a space ship all her life along with the other colonists. They are heading toward Paradise 21 – a planet that their colony can hopefully thrive on. Before landing on this mysterious planet, she is given an aptitude test to see which boy she is matched with and also to see what job best suits her abilities on the new planet.
Andromeda is unhappy with the results of the test. She has dreamt of being paired with Sirius, her childhood crush. Instead she is paired with Corvus, a boy she has no desire to be with. As time goes by, her feelings for Corvus get stronger and stronger. A love triangle ensues and Andromeda must look deep inside to make sense of her emotions and figure out who she wants to be with. Both guys are great and they each have their own wonderful qualities. I was torn between them for much of the book.
The world building in Colonization is wonderful. The author vividly describes Paradise 21, and it sounds like a beautiful place. It's very deadly though, and Andromeda is determined to find the cause of what is infecting the colony. This seemed like a pretty quick read. There are so many interesting things happening to keep your attention – especially in the last third of the book. I don't often read sci-fi, but I feel that this has a very unique plot. I really enjoyed this, and I think that fans of YA paranormal romance would enjoy this as well.