In Tundra 37, Aubri Dionne returns us to the world she created in her A New Dawn series (you can read my review of Paradise 21 here). Earth has been destroyed and a deep space transport ship is taking humanity to a new paradise ship but it is taking generations to reach the site of the new colonization. Gemme is a matchmaker for the ship, making sure that individuals are genetically compatible in order to preserve the various human genetic codes that exist. Gemme is shocked when her computer system selects the desirable Lieutenant Miles Brentwood, worried that the others on the ship will think she has doctored the system she deletes the match right before the transport ship is hit with astroids and it forced to crash land on Tundra 37.
Forced to land several hundred of years before they were supposed to Lieutenant Miles Brentwood, Miles is surprised to find himself in charge of the colonization of the ice planet. When Gemme is reassigned to the exploration team Miles is leading into the Tundra to scout for specific needed mineral deposits, Miles finds himself drawn to the quiet Gemme but more is on the line then just finding the mineral deposit. Miles must do what is best for the group, even if that means drawing away from Gemme.
I was intrigued to return to the world that Dionne created with her first novel, Paradise 21, the idea of being born, living and dying a space ship where every decision is made for you from who you will marry to what job you will have. In Paradise 21, Aeries escapes from this life but in Tundra 37 we get to know the individuals who live there. When the ship is forced to crash land years ahead of schedule, everyone is forced into jobs they never expected to deal with and grow in ways they didn’t anticipate. Dionne’s world bulding is complex and intriguing, we also get the background story on how the transport ship came to be and how people were chosen to be on the ship. If you like the sci-fi genre you will enjoy Tundra 37.
You can read an excerpt here.
A New Dawn Series:
Title: Tundra 37
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 288
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon