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Finding a new home has never been so dangerous. 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 life mate. As a great-g ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published November 7th 2012 by Inkspell Publishing (first published November 6th 2012)
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi-romance
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 qual ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Andromeda enjoyed her life on the spaceship. Everything felt familiar and she didn’t feel like she had to put in much effort into anything that she did. But with the spaceship reaching its destination, planet Paradise 21, Andromeda started to realize that her life would never be the same – her carelessness could cost her dearly and if she didn’t work quick enough to decipher the truth about why there weren’t any intelligent beings living on Paradise 21, the whole crew could suffer from irreversi ...more
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Annie was born in space. The ship New Dawn is the only life she’s ever known. When she hits her 17th birthday and has to take her tests to determine her career path and life-mate, she finds herself on the losing end because her life-mate isn’t Sirius, her lanky best friend turned hottie, but with Corvus, “the oaf.” When the New Dawn citizens start to colon
Andromeda has spent her entire seventeen years onboard a spaceship travelling to a planet where humans may have to make their last stand as a civilization. Paradise 21 is now in sight and her comfortable life is about to change. The normally mediocre Annie finds that REALLY living life can be a dangerous adventure and a part of her she never knew existed comes roaring to life-just in time! Could the fate of her people rest in her hands? Will they listen to her, trust her? Will it be up to her to ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a hard core sci-fi fan (with the exception of a few genres, but I found this story to be very enjoyable. Very clean, tight plot, the characters have life as opposed to many novels where the characters just sound like a talking head. This story has so much life and vividness to it, you can't put it down. Wonderful Job Aubrie! ...more
Kristen Kooistra
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started this book last night...and finished it last night. It was that good. I love the streak I've had the past few days because I've been reading some awesome books and this didn't let me down.

Too often with colony ship stories, I feel like some basic common sense things were overlooked. Colonization didn't do that. There was just enough details to make it believable, but not so many that I had a ton of areas to pick holes in. I completely accepted Annie's world.

After 8 generations in space,
Colonization was a fantastic mix of several genres. We have colonists from Earth that have been in space for many generations finally reaching their new home. The science fiction aspect is launched from page one on the space ship and continues throughout with some of the technologies and even a bit of an alien presence of new somewhat intelligent plant life. We have a potential romance between Andromeda and her best friend, Sirius, that has some very major overhauls right from the start. It goes ...more

I think this book may just have made me a sci-fi fan! I've read a few sci-fi novels over the years but it's one genre that I am still very cautious of reading these typse of books. This book was done in a way that wasn't wasn't too out there for me and I ended up really liking this book.

I do have to admit though that I wasn't familiar with the book or the author until I did a cover review of this book a couple months ago but I'm very glad I was able to get a chance on the blog tour for Coloni
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Andromeda (Annie) a seventeen year old who has spent her life aboard a ship called New Dawn in deep space. The New Dawn is heading to a new planet they have named Paradise 21 where everyone on board will begin their new lives. Annie unlike everyone else is not ready to reach the new planet and leave the New Dawn. She is not ready for change. She wants everything to stay the same.

With only one month left before New Dawn rea
Nadège Richards
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
My thoughts and review:

Thoughts: This is the first time I've had the pleasure of welcoming an author to my personal blog, so I'm very ecstatic! When I got the tour invitation for Colonization, I jumped on it immediately. Not only is the premise different and captivating, that cover is gorgeous! Kudos to the designer!

Review: I have the killer instinct to sense a really good book. Colonization really grips you from chapter one and never lets you go -- not even in the end! I had goosebumps througho
Christine Rains
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Andromeda likes her life just the way it is. Her comfortable world is changing, though. She's now the age where she'll be assigned her role amongst the crew and be matched with her life mate. Not only does that stress weigh down upon her, but the ship will be arriving at their destination, Paradise 21, at the same time. Her hopes crumble as she's assigned a job with her mother working with plants, and she isn't matched with her best friend and secret love, Sirius. Instead she's paired with a you ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

The colony ship New Dawn has been traveling in space for centuries. One of many ships bound for various planets the inhabitants of New Dawn lost contact with the other colonists long ago. They may well be the only humans left from a doomed world and they need to make it Paradise 21 and not just survive, but thrive.

Like the colonists before her, Andromeda Barliss has spent her whole life on board the ship. However, unlike those that came before her, at age 17, she will be landing on Paradise 2
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden love on a paradise planet that’s anything but paradise, Aubrie Dionne’s COLONIZATION will keep you guessing.

Andromeda’s life is pre-planned. She’ll take her tests, and her job and lifemate will be chosen for her. But everything is about the change on the New Dawn. After many generations, they are landing on Paradise 21, their new home. She has to face a life outside the confines of deep space and a new job. Worse, the boy she loves is chosen for her enemy. Andromeda doesn’t know how sh
L. Maci
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's no secret I am a huge fan of Aubrie's. Colonization is another winner! This YA novel is a must read. First of all, the cover is GORGEOUS! Of course the story is appealing, a perfect mixture of sci-fi, fantasy and real life issues, everything I've come to anticipate from this wonderful author.

Seventeen year-old Andromeda has spent her entire life on a space vessel. As if she didn't have enough pressure with surviving teenagehood and dealing with her secret love for childhood friend Sirius, h
3 1/2 stars. I liked the story and the characters were interesting, and I loved how the main character kept seeing the ghosts on the planet. There were parts of Colonization that were a bit flimsy though, like why we're so many teenagers over things? Where were all of the adults? There were a few, but shouldn't another adult have been appointed head of security instead of a 17 year old? I thought it was good at showing how sometimes our teenage hearts don't always know what they want, although i ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first read the summary for Colonization I got extremely excited because I absolutely love science fiction and I love space. So I found this idea to be very appealing and interesting.

The New Dawn is a space ship that left old earth generations ago in search for a new viable planet to live on. It's destined to land on Paradise 21, a planet covered in forest, that is liveable and has no threats. Well so all the tests thought. Andromeda is a teenage girl that is about to take the exams that a
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great book! Dionne had me at A Hero Rising so I knew when Colonization came out I had to get a copy. The story starts with a conversation between Andromeda “Annie” and her great-grandma Tiff insisting that Andromeda is destined to be the savior of their colony. Tiff is over 300 hundred years old and dies soon after this encounter, but this short conversation illustrates the closeness Andromeda has with her and the impact of that relationship lives on in the story.

Andromeda is 17 year
Scandalous Book Blog
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Book

You are pulled into another galaxy, time and dimension upon starting this book. Its detailed painting the perfect picture nothing was left out, and well written you felt as if you are there along with all the characters.
I felt each bump on "The New Dawn" each vine clinging to my legs and arms. I went on a journey of discovery and adventure my pulse leaped with each new discovery and problems faced. I was sucked into another world a very believable one. The crystals, greenhouse the giant
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
In this futuristic story Andromeda, better known as Annie, finds herself at 17 years old, about the face the greatest and most challenging thing in her life. Annie has spent her entire life on a spaceship, which her great grandfather is the commander of. They are about to reach their destination, and not only must she cope with that, now that she is 17, she must take a test to find out her job assignment, as well as being assigned a life mate, which is all done by computer. She longs to be paire ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
So yes, I admit that I did not necessarily want to finish the book for the review, but because I had to know how is end it.

Colonization entwines very well a SF story with one of the characters maturation. The colonization of a new planet, the solution and the hope of survival of maybe the last human beings, offer the opportunity and the set of a love story, of finding the way in life (or at least of a starting point).

The characters are attractive. Every girl can found herself in one way or anoth
Kendell Jordan
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this Sci-fi novel, the romance portion sneaks up on you before you have the chance to realize it’s a romance novel. This is Volume 1 of the Paradise Reclaimed series and I feel it’s an excellent way to start the series.

Andromeda, “Annie”, is a member of the 8th generation on the colony ship New Dawn. Earth’s sun was failing and the residents constructed 21 of these ships to continue the human race. Each ship headed to a different world with the hopes that one would survive and thrive into
S. Policar
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first true Science Fiction book I've bothered to read in a long time. I mean sci-fi with people and "exotic" animals living on a space station/ship and everything. Here you meet Andromeda, a 17 year who's great grandmother keeps insisting will do great things. You also meet Sirius, Andromeda's best friend who is constantly dragging her off to places on the ship they have no business being in.

In the first few chapters Andromeda comes off as the spoiled brat everyone naturally assumes
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A couple of weeks ago I received two books by Aubrie Dionne, ‘Paradise 21’ and ‘Colonization’. I finished reading ‘Paradise 21’ a view weeks ago. It was my first Science Fiction book and I loved it. So this week I decided to start in ‘Colonization’. This book is the first in the ‘Paradise Reclaimed’ series and it takes place in the same world as the ‘New Dawn’ series only a couple of hundred years later.

In ‘Colonization’ we meet seventeen year old Andromeda, AKA Annie. Annie is the Great grandd
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A young woman who thinks she knows what she wants out of life, a spaceship taking what's left of humanity towards it's new home, and an unseen danger determined to change all of every one's plans, all clash in Colonization, the first book in Aubrie Dionne's new young adult series Paradise Reclaimed. A spin off Paradise 21, the first book in her New Dawn series, Colonization focuses on
Victoria Simcox
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to come clean and admit an awkward fact; Aubrie Dionne's "Colonization" is actually the first Sci-fi novel I have ever read. I'd never liked this genre because I had stereotyped it as nerdy and boring. All I can say now is, “I was wrong!” Or, maybe, I was right, and it just took someone like Aubrie to crack my stereotypical mold.

From the very first page I read, I was intrigued and drawn to read on. This to me is the first sign of very good writer. The story flowed smoothly and was easy
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Colonization's cover was what completely drew me in to wanting to read this book, I did a cover reveal for Inkspell back at the end of July (found here) and when I saw that there would be a blog tour for the book I was ecstatic!

Aubrie takes the best of both worlds when she creates a space book that scifi geeks like me will love, and crosses it with an adventure/finding oneself story that everyone in between will love (and I'm not even mentioning the love story that we all enjoy!). Set in deep sp
Stephanie Ward
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Andromeda has been living aboard the New Dawn her entire life. She's used to it - she likes it that way. That's part of the reason she is so hesitant to start a new life on Paradise 21 - her new planet. Andromeda fails her colonization tests and is sent to serve a menial life on the new planet with her lifemate - Corvus, "the oaf." But soon after setting foot on the planet, alien ghosts begin haunting Andromeda with warnings that her people are in danger. Her best friend and the guy she is secre ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I wouldn't say that I'm really a fan of science-fiction books, however Colonization was so entertaining and interesting that I mostly forgot the genre I was reading, and that's all thanks to the fantastic writing that kept me intrigued and anxious to see what was going to happen on the next page.
Andromeda 'Annie' has been onboard a ship in deep space for all of her life headed to a planet named 'New Earth' after the Earth we know is no longer habitable, before they land she and all the kids her
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
Colonization is the first book in the new Paradise Reclaimed series by Aubrie Dionne. It's a sci-fi romance revolving around a 17 year old girl named Andromeda. She has lived aboard a space ship all her life along with the other colonists. They are heading toward Paradise 21 – a planet that their colony can hopefully thrive on. Before landing on this mysterious planet, she is given an aptitude test to see which boy she is matched with and also to see what job best suits her abilities on the new ...more
Christina M Condy
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Colonization is book 1 in the Paradise Reclaimed series. In this book we meet Andromeda, who has been raised on board the New Dawn, but now she is to start a new life on Paradise 21 a planet. I thought it was funny that she failed her colonization test and wound up with a boy who well you just have to read the book to find out how that all works out.

The other main characters in the book Corvus who happens to be the man Andromeda is paired up with after failing her tests, and Sirius, who is her
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Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.


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