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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Lydia is pulled through spacetime into Jordan’s plane of existence, she finds herself immersed in a world controlled by the Guardian, an artificial intelligence. The Guardian’s sole purpose is to protect the power source that runs the planet; but it does so at the cost of all who live outside of its city.

Sheltered in the Colony, beyond the city’s borders, Lydia is bef
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by BookBaby (first published June 30th 2015)
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Mar 31, 2018 marked it as dnf-not-my-cup-of-coffee
I usually read sci-fi of authors I know or based on recommendations from people I trust. However, the blurb for this one piqued my interest, so I gave it a shot. Sad to say I abandoned it at 16%.

I wouldn’t have catalogued it as sci-fi ever. Just because our main character is having a conversation in her head with some guy from an alternate Earth and then miraculously finds herself in that alternate world, doesn’t make it sci-fi.

The writing is childish, to put it mildly. There is no worldbuildin
N.N. Light
Lydia believes her life is over and that she’s a shell of her former self. The five most important people in her life are gone and she’s left all alone in the world. Worst of all, she’s scarred both physically and mentally. How can she go on when there’s nothing to live for?

One day, she starts hearing a male voice in her head. At first, she thinks it’s just herself going crazy but it feels different somehow. His name is Jordan and he says he’s from another world. They grow close and she starts
Connie Lacy
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating idea – a parallel universe – where a depressed young woman is drawn from Earth to another plane to be with a man she falls in love with as he repeatedly enters her mind. But when Lydia arrives, she finds a fractured, dystopian society controlled by The Guardian and its Wards, where people are reprocessed and reprogrammed to do The Guardian’s bidding. Where others who’ve also been lured by loving voices in their minds have created their own colony outside the walled city.

A bit of “T
Nikki Landis

Wow, this book was amazing!!!

I love a good science fiction novel and toss in a sweet romance with soulmates and I'm hooked. One of the best science fiction romances I've ever read, The Colony kept me riveted from start to finish. Jordan and Lydia's story melted my heart over and over, their undying love for one another superbly written. LOVED it!

This is a well-crafted sci-fi story with so many unique plot twists, anxiety ridden moments, and action that I was gripping my kindle tight and comp
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up for good story idea

Lydia lost her family one after the other, and when she starts to hear a voice in her head she is not surprised that she is finally going crazy. But the voice, Jordan, convinces her that he is real, and with nothing to lose in her current life she agrees to join him in his dimension.
However – his world is not what she expected, and not what she had been told. The city is controlled by a machine, and she ends up in a colony of involuntary rebels.

This book
Ellie Midwood
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Colony” was one of the most original, imaginative stories I’ve read in a long time. After losing her husband to a car accident which left her scarred both physically and mentally, Lydia only hopes for those scars to heal, or at least forget the pain she’d been experiencing daily. Soon, however, a strange voice starts talking to her inside her head, belonging to Jordan - a man, who will literally offer her a whole new world, if she decides to follow him, that is.
The Colony and its inhabitan
Lana Campbell
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing sci-fi/fantasy. Lydia has hit rock bottom in her life after the untimely death of her husband in a car wreck that also left her scarred. She battles a void in her that threatens her sanity. She really thinks she's loosing it when one night a man speaks to her in her head. But there is such warmth and gentleness of spirit in this voice she begins to listen to and communicate with. His name is Jordon and soon Lydia not only realizes Jordon is a real person on a different plane living a ...more
Joshua Grant
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had a conversation with yourself as you tried to pick through some difficult emotions? In RM Gilmour’s The Colony our main character certainly has plenty of those, but she never has to go it alone. On one early reverie, she is suddenly joined by a mysterious voice named Jordan. This leads to some fun conversations as Jordan innocently asks a slew of naïve questions. It was also very interesting and touching to see how this simple daily interaction can lead to so much change in a ch ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Colony
Author: R. M. Gilmour
Publisher: BookBaby
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Dimensions could not keep them apart, but can the A.I. controlling his world?
Lydia felt him before she heard him.  His presence filled her, he warmed her soul.  His voice moved her, awakening the life inside her that she thought was lost forever. For he was her soulmate, Jordan, and he lived in another plane of existence.
When he pulled her
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored the premise of this story. Part The Host, part Daughter's of Smoke And Bone, and part The Divergent this sci-fi novel is intriguing from page one and something about the clarity of the world building drew me in. With strong characters and a unique parallel world there wasn't one moment when I wanted to skim over the pages (which I admit I often do with sci-fi novels). At times the book reminded me of Soylent Green, The Giver, or Logan's Run, and the author did just as good a job at turn ...more
Don Viecelli
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Review Number 137:

This review is on The Colony by Roslyn Gilmour. This is the first book I have read by this debut author, but it won’t be the last. Welcome to the Writers of SciFi world.

The story begins by introducing the main character, a single woman named Lydia Henchwick. Lydia seems to be a fearful, lonely, depressed woman who is still suffering from a recent tragedy in her young life. Lydia is currently seeing a therapy doctor who is trying to help her cope with her pain and personal lo
Mary Yarde
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Stephenie Meyers, The Host, then you are going to love this book.

The Colony draws you in from the beginning, and keeps your attention. The writing is super-engaging. Spellbinding. It is one of those books where you think you have it all figured out. Then BOOM! - something completely extraordinary and unexpected happens. However, you don’t have time to sit back and contemplate these change of events, because the story is so fast paced you have to keep reading.

The Colony is al
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent writer. I am a little exhausted though....grin. Every time I thought I had this figured out there was another twist or turn. This is SciFi, thriller, and mystery all together
Tabi Slick
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lydia has had a hard couple of years. Not only is she mourning the loss of her husband, but also the loss of her entire family. She has chosen a life of solitude, except for her therapist who believes she should institutionalize herself. That is, until one day a voice speaks to her that fills her heart with the promises of hope. The only problem is, the voice belongs to a guy living in an entirely different dimension...

The characters:
The main character is Lydia, who is contacted by a guy named J
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was movingly well-written when describing Lydia's (the main character) grief in losing her loved ones, as well as, describing the connection between Lydia and her love interest. I was emotionally impacted by many passages in the book and felt very connected to Lydia's experiences.

I have become a bit bored of the YA-dystopia-love-triangle-romance trend and I do find that, though well-written, this book followed the recipe for this sort of trend too closely for my taste. This is great f
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. The main character Lydia is going through a very difficult time in her life and finds herself falling in love with someone from another dimension. The man’s name is Jordan and after a while he asks Lydia to come be with him, and she does. Once she gets there, she sees what his world is like, and it’s not a nice place. It’s controlled by a machine and she learns more about how she was lured there, and that she isn’t the first to be brought in such a fashion. I don’t w ...more
Cindy Davis
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Romance and adventure in a parallel world.
The concept is very good. This story is intriguing. The reader has to feel for the disfigured and grieving Lydia who rarely leaves her home after a devastating accident. Then she meets Jordan--is he really in another world via computer or is he in her head? For a long time I wasn't sure, but it didn't matter since he was helping her get over her phobia. For about half the book the scenes were mostly all in Lydia's home.
THEN the story took a change when s
Lisa Diggs
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprised and pleased.

If you had asked me to give a rating on the first half of the book, it would have been a four. Not because the writing isn't good but because the story was okay. It was interesting, but not engrossing. Then we come to the second half the book and I say wow! I ran the gamut of emotions, and the story picked up and raced to the end with one action after another. It has it all, love, surprise, mystery, action, friendship, and villains. You can't go wrong with this book. The au
Joshua Grffith
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing and wonderfully written story

I thoroughly enjoyed this one! The story revolves around Lydia and her dark depressing life due to losing her family and husband. As if things couldn't get any bleaker, she starts hearing a voice in her head that goes by the name Jordan. She soon learns that he lives in a different dimension and they're soulmates. Lydia gets pulled into his world and finds it both wondrous and deadly. There's plenty of action and suspense that will keep you turning the
Ed Ryder
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Lydia is a broken woman weighed down by grief and trauma, both mentally and physically. Then one day she starts hearing a voice in her head claiming to be a person called Jordan from another plane of existence. At first she dismisses it, but then it won’t go away and she feels strangely drawn to it, his presence making her feel whole again. After a while Jordan explains to Lydia that he can bring her to him, and before she knows it she’s on a strange world outside a walled city she can’t enter. ...more
Richard Abbott
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I was drawn to The Colony by reading an extract online—not a very long extract, but it convinced me that here was an interesting main character, dropped into a challenging situation. I was hooked.

RM Gilmour's story begins in a familiar Earth, but quite rapidly shifts to a wider focus. "Our" Earth is only one among a small set of alternate parallel worlds. The inhabitants are recognisable, but each has pursued a slightly different line of development, both biological and technological. There is a
Jonathan Spradlin
Lydia is a scarred woman- mentally, physically, emotionally. She suffered profound losses, and her face and body were damaged by the accident that took much more from her than her looks. In self-imposed exile, her life has become a maze of depression, analysis, and memories of loss. Out walking alone, she believes her mind has finally snapped as she begins to converse with the voice of a man in her head, Jordan. Jordan tells her that they are connected by a powerful resonance,and that he is a fi ...more
Harry Fox
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and Provocative

The Colony is an interesting and provocative read. The writing is brilliant and strong. But it is not the typical sci-fi space opera, nor is it the usual fantasy with mythological creatures. It is a human story, even though the humans are not all of this earth. The interactions are deep and persuasive. I was particularly impressed by the love interest between Lydia (the narrator) and Jordan and the delicacy that the author used in describing the lover's relationship. T
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and totally different read. The opening scenario, in which 1st person protagonist, Lydia, hears a voice in her head, is haunting and hard to put down. The voice is not a mental disorder. Lydia soon realises that it belongs to a real person, someone with empathy and understanding. She becomes enthralled by the person, who identifies himself as Jordan, and she wants to meet him, properly, not just as a presence in her mind. And here is the first problem. Jordon is not of this Earth. ...more
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Good story and passionate characters. This is a good choice to read during a travel
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RMGilmour was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in sunny Florida with her two children, two cats and a turtle.

Writing stories since she was a child, she recently came to the conclusion that all of those characters were in her head for a reason, and made the decision to publish. Along her writing journey, she has discovered that writing and editing are equally satisfying.

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