Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review: Colonization by Aubrie Dionne

Colonization by Aubrie Dionne, paperback edition book cover

by Aubrie Dionne

Series: Paradise Reclaimed #1
Genre: Sci-fi, dystopian, YA
Date published: November 7th 2012
Publisher: Ink Spell Publishing
Source: Publisher
Buy: IndieboundAmazon


Summary (Goodreads):

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 keep her 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?


My Thoughts:

Before I read this book, I thought I'd liked it. I don't know what happened why my rating of Colonization dropped into three hearts.

Maybe the fact that the mystery of this book was about a deadly plant, all along. I don't see the special-ness of it. It was new for me, yes. It isn't really about aliens or any scary creature that they could found in a new planet. But I still can't feel it.

The main female character, Andromeda, and the POV of this book is also confusing. And sometimes, annoying. She have this spoiled brat attitude, insecure and has no decision of her own. The story started about her wanting to be with guy, Sirius, but it's against the law coz you can only be with the person you are assigned to after the aptitude test. Then her spoiled attitude came and I knew right then that I might not like the overall of this book. One of the most important impressions about a book is coming from the narrator, or storyteller of the book. And here, I think it failed.

That wasn't the only time I disliked her, there were several times. I think the only time I liked her was when she became the hero.

The love interests were also very confusing. I don't really know who's better for Andromeda, and I have no idea who she's really ending up with, but was that the author's plan all along?

I was just disappointed on most parts of this book, though I really think it'd be better. It has a really nice blurb and cover. If the series would go on, I think the author must put some more epic ground-breaking scenes.

You should try it, maybe it wasn't just for my taste. Who knows, this might be your next fave book?

This book is about colonizing. A new world. If you liked Across The Universe by Beth Revis, you'll like this one, too.

Book cover comment/s:
Like I said above, the cover was really nice. With my review and the cover, I think it already said a lot.

* Thank you so much, Ink Spell Publishing for providing an e-ARC of this book!

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