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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Without an influx of human DNA, the utopian colony on Kipos has eleven generations before it reaches failure. With Earth over ninety light-years away. Time is short.

On the over-crowded Earth, many see opportunity in Kipos's need. After medical, intelligence, and physiological testing, Abby and her younger siblings, Jin and Orchid, are offered transportation. Along with 750
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Published April 1st 2012 by 48Fourteen
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Midu Hadi
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for something different
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Denise DeSio
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am not a Sci-Fi reader. I read Other Systems because Guizzetti is a cyber-friend and I was curious about what goes on in her bizarre brain. I can tell you that my original assessment was right on the money. Bizarre she is, and yet, as another reviewer said, "believable." Time and again I kept thinking, "Whoa! How many months, maybe years, of research did she have to do to come up with this stuff?"

I have to admit, some of it went right over my head, but Sci-Fi fans and Geeks should be right in
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*

I love science fiction and I have watched many movies with aliens and space travel and read several books covering the same (although not as many books as I would like). I never really wanted to go off and become an astronaut, but I have been fascinated with stars and wondering about other planets and solar systems and if there really are little green men out there somewhere. So, I was really excited to get this book and have a chance to
 Reading Reindeer
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Reading Reindeer by: Making Connections
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Reviewed for Making Connections Goodreads Group

I reviewed an ebook copy of “Other Systems” provided to me by the author, Elizabeth Guizzetti, on July 30 2012, in exchange for my fair and impartial review.

As a child and adolescent, science fiction was one of my favoured genres. Then in adulthood, for some reason I diverged and only read it occasionally (in my 30’s I devoured Star Trek novels-go figure). But on the rare occasions lately when I do pick up a sci fi story, I re
Jill Sanders
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jill
Other Systems is a wonderful coming of age novel, set in the future and spans light years. Abby, the heroine, leads us through a journey not only through time and space, but through discovering herself. I enjoyed the development of each character, learning their history, and learning about each race, animal, and planet. Even the political climate was well developed with intricacies and depth. This novel is longer than most, but every page is worthwhile. I recommend this book to everyone, even th ...more
R.L. King
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Without spoilers, this book is nerdy, die-hard sci-fi, and a family saga that stands the test of time. I read this book over a weekend, and had to come back and read it again. I am in the middle of reading it again, and I can already tell, I will be reading this book over and over for years to come.

Warning! This book pulls you in with the very first paragraph and does not let go.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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THANKS TO: Elizabeth Guizzetti for providing an e-copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book is truly exciting, I took one look at it was immediately hooked! I haven’t read a lot of science-fiction novels before, but it’s a genre that continues to intrigue me. I was excited to dive straight into Abby’s story, which is why I was a little confused to be reading about someone named Cole, and his children. Although Cole’s story was fascinating, I did not really like
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been dragged up on science fiction and epic fantasy, I tend to keep my eyes open for any promising new authors in those genres. I do that so I don't inadvertently miss something really impressive, or inspirational, or exciting. Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti is all of those - and more. I truly believe she is one of the greatest new talents in science fiction today - and here is why...

Science fiction is both one of the most difficult and one of the most maligned genres in which an au
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the genre
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

Don’t let a three star rating fool you, I enjoyed this book a lot. The story was good, the characters were solid, the structuring was all good. Unfortunately, the book had some issues that I couldn’t quite get past and this effected the overall rating that I gave it. So let’s go through this point by point.

When I look back on the synopsis of this book in hindsight, it confuses me a lit
Zachary Bonelli
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abigail Boyd Lei lives in Seattle, Washington in the thirty-first century. Life on Earth, at least in North America, during this time period is harsh and unforgiving. Abi's family—her parents, her grandmother, her three siblings, and herself—live together in an apartment where they must share a lavatory with the rest of their floor.

Despite growing up in poverty, Abi has done well for herself. She has a job at the S
Kelsea  David
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Now, I was really excited for this book because something about Scifi makes me itch with impatience (Why haven't we achieved any of this stuff yet??). For the most part it was a fulfilling adventure about a girl who grows as she is thrust is circumstances beyond her control. She has to deal with leaving her planet and knowing that everyone she knew and loved on earth would die before she ever reached the new planet. Then once at t ...more

tl;dr - |✭✭✭✭✩| Overall, I kind of loved this book. Not to say that it was perfect, or didnt have moments where I was frustrated with the characters. But I found myself wishing there was more when I finished the story.

Description (from Goodreads) Without an influx of human DNA, the utopian colony on Kipos has eleven generations before it reaches failure. Earth is over ninety light years away. Time is short. On the over-crowded Earth, many see opportunity in Kipos's need. After medical, intellige

Stephanie Moakes
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am not a sci-fi fan. I’m not familiar with space stations, wormholes, deep space, or the solar system and aliens and the like do not appeal to me in any way but throw in a teenage girl, a bunch of heartache and a space crew looking for a planet to call their own and I was hooked. This book was nothing like I imagined it would be. It was a hundred times better. Guizzetti’s writing is really stunning and despite not understanding a lot of the terminology, it was an easy and enjoyable read. The w ...more
Lisa Hapney
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note that this review is directly from my blog therefore references to links and the like obviously won't be valid.

The difference between a good book and a mediocre or awful book is the amount of time that seems to be involved. A great book will fly by until you find yourself at the last page not wanting to read the last paragraph because it will be over. Last week I read one that I had to struggle to finish. Fortunately, a good book much like a cold beer on a hot summer day will find you
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am in no way qualified to write about sci-fi. I have never read a sci-fi novel, I have never watched star trek or anything like that, and I find them to be boring. With that said, Guizzetti asked me to read her novel. So I decided to give it a shot cause she made it sound so promising.

I had a hard time with this novel I’m not going to lie. I was a science nerd and I know about all the planets and the physics of everything. I still had a hard time, I found the language in the beginning to be a
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this review with three facts:

I’m on the fence with sci-fi books because sometimes they’re not fully thought out.
I’m a very picky reader.
It’s very difficult for me to turn off my “scholar” brain when reading a book.
Now, with that out of the way, all I can say is that Other Systems is something I would highly recommend to everyone. The general problem I have with science fiction and futuristic books is that you have to come up with a universe that makes sense within your story and s
Abby Boyd Lei and her siblings, Jin and Orchid, are given the opportunity to leave Earth and take up studies on the planet Kipos. It is a dream come true for Abby, who has dreamed of a world outside of her own. Unfortunately for her, this dream trip comes at a high cost, when she is separated from her family and sold to breed with a rich Kiposi. Cole Alekos is captain of his ship of explorers and is raising his three children. His family and team are in charge of finding a suitable planet to liv ...more
Raelyn Falkin
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I never realized until recently that I’m not a big fan of science fiction. I always assumed that I liked both scifi and fantasy (seeing as how they are usually clumped together), but I realized that I hadn’t read very many scifi books. So, I was afraid that I wouldn’t like this book but I took the chance anyway since it sounded very interesting. It also came with high recommendations from my two best friends.

The writing is very well d
T.M. Smith
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this Dystopian, Sci-Fi world Guizzetti has created earth is over populated so mankind is seeking refuge on Kipos. An ‘other systems’ planet, Kipos promises more opportunities for our children and teenagers than are readily available on earth. But when Abby wakes up from stasis on Kipos she finds a completely different world than the one she was promised.

While Abby and her family were sleeping and traveling through space to Kipos, the people of this planet decided to make a few changes in the
Ruth B
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m not a sci-fi fan but if you would say that based only on one book I could say that I love that genre. Other Systems present an original story, that never goes according to what you think should happen.

Other Systems is the story of Abby, a young girl living in a future Earth trying to live according to what is expected. Things change when descendants from people that was sent out in space returns with the promise of a better world full of opportunities.

What would you do if someone offers you
Robert Mitchell
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Guizzetti’s Other Systems is a lean, gritty immigrant’s story that also happens to be a sci-fi epic. And a coming of age story. And a kick-ass adventure. Fortunately, Guizzetti wields the author’s keyboard as deftly as her heroine Abby handles the stick and throttles of a Revelation shuttle, maneuvering through horrific obstacles and accelerating to escape velocity with split-second timing. While a degree in science fiction isn’t a prerequisite for this accelerated course in galactic e ...more
Madison Keller
I don't normally read sci-fi, but someone loaned me a copy of this book for Kindle. This isn't quite what I expected - this is more of an immigrant's tale set in space than a space opera.

The first half of the book is very slow, and I struggled to follow along with what appeared to be two separate narratives and two separate sets of characters (Abby and Cole) who interact only twice during the course of the book. Contributing to the confusion are the disparate timelines and aging timelines. In th
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
Wow! This book is really intense, I was expecting a YA book with a light fluffy story about space. Boy was I wrong! This book deals with topics such as rape, and homosexuality, there is also a lot of cussing in this book. I would not recommend it for a younger reader, or a reader who has not reading mature books.

Abby is timid and scared and I got easily frustrated with her, but then I realized that after such a traumatizing experience
Melysah Bunting
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti is a sci-fi story about a teen girl named Abby Boyd Lei. Abby works in a library. She lives on a commune with her family. One day chaos breaks out as strange ships appear in the sky broadcasting a friendly message. Can these beings be trusted?

In the year 3062 Earth isn't so livable. Perhaps these foreign beings can help. They offer to transport health humans to their planet. Abby Boyd Lei, her brother, sister and a friend pass the health tests and are taken t
Read Ng
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a GoodReads giveaway.

I really enjoy hard science sci-fi. This one does not get bogged down in the small details, but does adhere fairly well and in a readable manner with the physics of space travel as we currently understand it. It glosses over sub-light space travel, because it is not pertained to the story line. (There was one small chapter date reference early in the story that was inconsistent. Not important, except early in the story, I was still trying to determine if the tale fo
Rabid Readers Reviews
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Other Systems” is a very unique sci-fi story. The Earth is dying when aliens arrive looking for immigrants to their planet where reproduction is a problem. The author paints a stark picture of what Seattle has become. There’s overpopulation and Abby and her family live in what they call a “commune” which is actually an overcrowded slum with whole families living by the thousands in rooms in a building. The newcomers paint a lush paradise and the testing and actual technical savvy conveyed to ge ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Other Systems follows Abby from Earth as she makes the decision to leave some of her family, knowing she will never see them again, in search of a better life. Before leaving home, Abby is very idealistic and naive. She is 17 and thinks she is ready for a husband and children. She is not prepared for what her new life has in store for her and she has a lot of growing up to do. There is some mature subject matter, including rape, but it is handled well and without being graphic. Sci-fi lovers wil ...more
Derek White
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

This has the scope of a typical Arthur C Clarke novel but unfortunately there are two or even three tales here to tell and I would have preferred it if, for example, the whole story had concentrated on Abby’s perspective.
Nevertheless readers are treated to a wide range of emotions and, towards the end, travels to other worlds. Persevere though, when you start reading - - although the start is slow, it is worth t
Kristen Tarzwell
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a stunning debut novel from Elizabeth Guizzetti, Other System’s is wonderfully imagined and written. This is an easy Science Fiction novel to get into if you’re looking to wet your feet in the adult genre, nothing will be over your head and too hard to imagine. All the world building, and space travel are easy to understand, nothing is too technical or advanced to the point of being frustrating to read or hard to understand.

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Elizabeth Guizzetti currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband. When not writing, she loves hiking and birdwatching.

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