Earth has been destroyed and abandoned, now the colony ship full of humans makes it way to a paradise that is centuries away. In Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne, Aries has been genetically matched to her perfect mate aboard the colony ship, too bad she can’t stand the man and believes she should be able to choose her own future. So Aries plans a daring escape, something that has never been successfully accomplished from the colony ship. When Aries crash lands on the desert planet Sahara, she realizes that getting away is just the beginning.
Striker is a space pirate, a descendant of the humans who were abandoned by the colony ships as being genetically impure, he has been marooned on Sahara by his space crew and now ekes out a lonely existence. But Striker has a plan to get off the planet and to colonize a paradise planet he discovered, he just needs some help getting the plan going. Then Striker rescues Aries from the dangerous creatures living on Sahara and can’t believe his good luck in finding someone who can help him leave the planet. As Aries and Striker get closer, trouble comes from all sides and Aries realizes she must choose her freedom or the life of the man she has come to love.
Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne is a great sci-fi romance. Dionne’s world of genetically “perfect” colony ships where everything is predetermined by a computer, to the point where innovation is regressing because humans have been on the ships for so long and no new genetic material is being introduced in either humans, animals or food is intriguing and slightly appalling at the same time. Left behind the space pirates have had to fight for everything they have and their society is crumbling from the lack of materials. Despite the futuristic setting, Dionne’s characters are warm and believable. I flew through Paradise 21 and thoroughly enjoyed the extreme settings, from the hot desert planet to the cold isolation of outer space.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: Paradise 21
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 234
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 2011
Available for purchase: Entangled Publishing,
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.