Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review 'Paradise 21' by Aubrie Dionne

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.

When Aubrie Dionne approached me for a book review about one of her books I was really excited. I read a lot of her book descriptions and decided I really wanted to read ‘Paradise 21’. I have read a lot of fantasy books and I watch all kinds of Science Fiction series and movies so I was really excited to read a SF book. I mean, I always thought that I would love SF stories since I do love fantasy stories. And honestly, what took me so long?

In ‘Paradise 21’ we follow Aries Ryder. Aries lives on a spaceship called ‘New Dawn’. On the ‘New Dawn’ everything is planned for you. Your future job, your life mate etc. Nobody gets a say in anything. The main reason for this is to conceive the perfect colony for ‘Paradise 21’, a planet like ‘Earth’ before man destroyed it. The ‘New Dawn’ plans on arriving at ‘Paradise 21’ over a hundred years or so. But Aries doesn’t find happiness in having no choices. Especially since her life mate is planned to be Barliss. A lieutenant who does everything for status and power.
When Aries escapes to another planet to escape her life without choices, she lands on a planet full with unknown dangers. But soon Aries finds out that there is more on this deserted planet than dangers, there is also Striker. Striker is a handsome guy who’s been left on this planet by his own crew five years ago. Striker is an angry and bitter guy. When Striker finds Aries he is overwhelmed by happiness to find another human being after being alone for five years. But soon danger finds Striker and Aries again.

This is the first Science Fiction book I have read and I must say I was really surprised. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like all the spaceships, the strange creatures and all the different planets. But to be honest I really enjoyed this story. Its opening a whole new world in books for me. I really enjoyed the space traveling and the kind of dangers this entailed. I loved the ‘lizard men’ and the way the people on ‘New Dawn’ found ways to make trees and fruit.

The only thing I found a little disappointing sometimes was how fast the ‘love story’ was going. It moved a little too fast for me. I think this story would be perfect if there was a little more time for the ‘love’ part. But still, I really enjoyed this book. I really liked Strikers character. I loved the way he wanted to change everything and how he fought to get a better life, not only for him, but for all people.

I loved the way ‘Paradise 21’ introduced me to the Science Fiction genre and I’m looking forward to reading more books from Aubrie Dionne.  

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.

For more information about Aubrie Dionne and her books please go to Goodreads and Amazon. Or look for Aubrie Dionne on Twitter.


  1. Thank you for reviewing my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. You’re very welcome. I enjoyed reading it.

  2. I really like science fiction and this sounds like it was a good intro to the genre for you. Hey, if you enjoyed it, check out Ann Aguirre. She's fabulous!

    1. It's definitely a genre I didn't think I would enjoy this much. But I love new things so this definitely worked out great.
      Ann Aguirre?! Never heard from her but I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip ;)


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