Genres: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Inkspell Publishing
Released on November 6, 2012
After finishing the New Dawn series, I always meant to press forward with the next generation trilogy that followed up many generations later with the Old Earth colonists on New Dawn arriving at their Paradise 21 destination. It’s been about seven years and I was a little hazy on the details of the past books at this point, but I soon slipped right back into the world. I love the explorer- survival element that infuse these books with a natural tension though they are light on the thrilling quality.
Colonization begins when the New Dawn limps its way to the final destination of the planet known to them as Paradise 21. They are eight generations from those who left a dying old earth and developed a new survival-style culture aboard their colony ship that kept them alive and prepared them for what was in store for them. The Guide, as the instructions are called, rules all their actions. Two of these are careers and relationship matches. Each child comes of age to take these tests. Now, it is Andromeda’s turn. She knows what she wishes for a career and doesn’t need a program to tell her who her life mate should be.
But, her test scores lead her far away from Sirius who is set on a leadership position, and match her with simple Corvus.
The ship arrives and soon Andromeda and the others are met with the work of colonizing their world and taming a little corner of it for themselves. It is not long before she learns danger awaits them and the person helping her finding a way to save her fellow colonists is surprisingly Corvus.
This is definitely Young Adult and Andromeda might be in a sci-fi world, but she is a teenager to her core in thoughts, emotions, and actions. At first, we learn from her first person point of view that she is something of a naive, slightly spoiled, ‘head in the sand’ kid, but then she is forced out of her comfort zone and there she starts to shine. She discovers strengths and abilities in herself and starts to see others- really see them- and especially Corvus.
While Colonization is the start to a new series and is about a new set of people, I would definitely say that readers need to start with the New Dawn series. This book didn’t introduce much of the worldbuilding beyond what is new to this story arc. It assumes the reader knows what went before it. I think a new reader would flounder or find the story under-developed to start here.
In truth, it was even somewhat under-developed to me who had read the previous series. I felt that there should have been a longer adjustment period for people who had lived aboard a ship all their lives and all their grandparents lives. And, the events from there went swiftly particularly the individual growth and relationships. I’m not saying that I didn’t like the story or what happened, but I felt it happened to swiftly. There was a hint at a love triangle and mentions one in the blurb, but it read a bit less dramatic on that since there is a lot of focus on survival and the actual romance was rather sweet. What an adorable hero!
The rise action to the climax was done superbly and I was flipping pages quickly as they raced to save everyone. The denouement was just as it should be and left me eager to see what happens next for the others who were on Andromeda’s adventure with her.
YA warnings: none
So, if you enjoy YA Sci-Fi, this one is a good bet for a quick and easy read.
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