Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Biome (Biome, #1)” as Want to Read:
Biome (Biome, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

Biome (Biome, #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Tomorrow is the day. After months of tending the biomes, Lizzy will finally have the chance to step outside the colony and see the Martian surface for herself.

Or at least, that's how things were supposed to go. But when she wakes for first expedition with a crippling headache, she finds that the previous week has started over. And no one seems to notice.

The headache gets w
ebook, First, 294 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Ryan Galloway
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Biome, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Ryan Galloway Due to several high-intensity action scenes and the complex themes surrounding identity and empathy, I would rate it PG-13.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  80 ratings  ·  27 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Sylvia Mercedes
So once I finally pried this book out of my husband's hands . . . I'm finishing up Sci-Fi August with this book and, yeah, I'm glad I ended with this one. Because that was a GREAT finish to an AMAZING month of reading!


This one was a bit more of a slow-burn than the last few I've reviewed. The opening isn't slam-packed with action, but instead has a slowly-increasing undercurrent of dread . . . which was actually super suspenseful! I loved it, and loved that it was just a little bit
Anne Stengl
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in a matter of days! Within the first few chapters I gave up trying to predict where the story would go and simply let it carry me on a wild, extraterrestrial ride. Ryan Galloway includes plenty of world-building details to make his Mars colony feel authentic and believable, but never so much that I felt bogged down in too many sci-fi details. Instead he focuses on breathtaking action and dynamic characters, particularly the compelling character of his first-person heroine. ...more
Inside the gleaming domes of Mars Colony One, seventeen-year-old Lizzy Engram and her fellow cadets work to make the Red Planet habitable.

And every Sunday night, the doctors erase their memories.

Week by week the procedure is carried out. Until one morning, Lizzy wakes with all of the missing memories inside her head. And not just her own, but the memories of every cadet on the planet--

3.5 stars. The whole time I was reading Biome I thought it was a stand-alone, that is until I got to the giant
Biome is a dystopian sci/fi set on Mars, featuring an intriguing cast of characters that remain vivid in my mind. I honestly can hardly wait to read the sequel and discover what happens next!

Lizzy, the smart, tough, competent yet appealing viewpoint character, must unravel frightening mysteries surrounding the entire colony. The story offers friendships, competition, touches of romance, plenty of intrigue, some fascinating sci-fi aspects, and plenty of heart-pounding suspense and drama.

I highly
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
My Rating: 3 stars

Ryan Galloway sent me an e-book copy of the book for an honest review

Review coming to in October

Thoughts For Now:
Okay so this book was actually good during the beginning, but once I hit the half-way mark I got soooo bored. It put me into a slump and I forced myself to read it when I actually picked it up. This could have been really good, but the middle bits dragged on FOREVER! I really didn't like how complicated and slow it got during the middl
James Cox
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved 90% of this book but that ending just didn't work. It's a to be continued so there really is no ending. It's a shame because this really is a talented writer.
Caitlin Farley
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ryan Galloway’s debut novel, Biome, takes the reader to a Mars Colony in its infancy stages. Lizzy is one of two hundred cadets on the Colony. The cadet’s primary duty is to tend to the plants growing in the various biome domes while Mars is being terraformed. Every week, the cadets attend therapy to ensure their mental health, but the doctors in charge of the cadets have taken this to extreme levels. Each therapy session ends with a revision, a process that partially erases their memories. One ...more
Danae Dracht
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are several strong points in this debut novel. Together with a relatable leading female character, my favorite aspect of this book is more of a philosophical one. I was struck mid way through with the astute way the author guides readers to consider the question of perception versus reality. **Spoiler alert!** When we believe something is true (in this case, that Earth still exists) it becomes our tower of influence, a sound structure of selected ideas and beliefs we use for inhabiting our ...more
Lauren Stuart
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will pull you in from the start. If you aren't into sci-fi (like myself, generally) it won't matter. The author hooks you with the desire to know what is happening to these characters, what is the truth, and whether or not they will overcome the antagonist/s. The book also explores morality and human psychology/behavior, as you could see as a sort of foundation for everything in the story. As you learn more about the characters over time, you feel more for them, as one of the character ...more
Will Read
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another dystopian YA, and you think, "Why?" Well, BIOME really surprised me -- for one thing, it didn't have a "which cute guy should I choose?" (SUCH a problem!) subplot. For another, I actually wanted to find out what happened -- I read the book in a day. It has the same creepy feeling that the MATCHED series provides, and the stakes are really, really high, as the book's ending reveals. No, I won't revel it here; read the book and find out what for yourself. Main character Lizzie's not perfec ...more
Ryan Galloway
Feb 17, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hopefully there's a Tesla.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Twists galore— right up to the last page. The book is infuriating in the best possible way. The world-building is beautiful and shockingly realistic, even though it takes place on a vastly foreign planet. The twists are shocking but the details are there if you’re really looking for them. The story hints at what’s going to happen but doesn’t give it away until it’s too late to predict. A beautiful story!

I am desperate to find out what happens to the characters next! I can’t wait for the seq
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, ya
Note: I am reviewing a copy that I won through a goodreads giveaway. My copy came with a lovely note from the author, too!

The atmosphere of this book is terrific, with mystery and uncertainty in every one of Lizzy's thoughts, in the sterile and winding maze of the domes and habitats, and in the harsh landscape of a stormy Mars just beginning to support life. There are some moments of absolutely beautiful writing, especially when Lizzy is hit with a rush of memories (her own, or those of another
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Biome is a wonderful science fiction that displays a realistic interpretation of what it would be like to live on mars. The descriptive writing helps to immerse the reader into the story while the plot moves at a slow pace to build suspense. This book is one of my favorites and I highly recommend reading it.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win this in a Goodreads giveaway. It came with a lovely personalized note which entirely made my day. So thank you for that, Ryan Galloway!

This book was fantastic. It follows the life of Lizzy Engram as she works with a group to make Mars habitable. Everything seems to be going well, as the crew works together to build a new Earth, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the loved ones left behind on Earth. Each day has a routine, which flows into each week. Each week ends in r
Jordan Francoeur
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What am I going to do now? I might as well start sobbing my eyes out, oh wait, I don't think I can even do that, because the last sentence basically gouged my eyeballs out That ending is the cruelest cliff-hanger I think I will ever have to confront, ever. I can't envision one much more wicked really. The implications of Biome's finale are huge. In all honesty, the wait for book #2 better not be more than a year. I am feeling a lot of emotions at the moment and once I find a small semblance of c ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
My first thoughts on this book. Not another book set on Mars. I just read The Martian Chronicles and was burnt out on the Mars theme. It was a fast paced story. Teenage kids were sent to Mars to tend plants. It was hoped that these plants would give Mars an atmosphere like Earth. The kids lived a very controlled life and every Sunday scientists would wipe their memories clean. They said it kept the colony safe and protected, no chaos. The question became is it right to alter someone's reality to ...more
The TBR Pile *Book review site*
I love Lizzy. She is antisocial and awkward, which I can certainly relate to. Once we meet Noah, who I love by the way, and a plan starts forming, things go from amazing to freaking epic. The twists, the secrets, the truth, it all unravels and Lizzy is stuck with all that knowledge crammed in her head. No wonder she is getting headaches.

As much as I love this book, the ending is…a total let down. Why split it into two books? Why not have an ending worthy of the story? I feel like the author is
Jill Smith
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an ARC of this book, and it is amazing! It has that "Wow" factor with a very satisfying ending. Page turner. Fast paced. Well-written. Definitely worth reading! It left me wanting a sequel and would make an amazing movie!
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian future + mars + teen romance = Yum.

I would call this a binge read with no regrets. #partyinthepages
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I don't like books written in the first person, but it is an absolute necessity for this tale. As a reader, you are immediately drawn into Lizzie's state of confusion. There is no backstory needed since Lizzie has about the same amount of information as the new reader: none. The entire story is a struggle since Lizzie does not know who can be trusted, simply because none of the cadets remember anything.

This is a refreshing spin on dysopian novels that brings in a greater depth of though
Apostol Apostolov
I expected much more based on the rather interesting premise but most of Biome is rather bland and uninteresting chase run championed by a fairly unlikable girl. The book drags to almost a halt in the middle but eventually delivers a gripping ending, one you'd not expect given most of the book tries hard to deliver fake solutions to accrual problems so much, you would be fooled into expecting the same at the very end. I really wish this book does not get a sequel because the ending is just as sh ...more
Sean Randall
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I felt a little lost at the outset of this one, the complete memory regain happened so quickly and details like the Oxygen tank slipped in early on to confuse me some and that's never a good feeling with YA. But the story managed to completely grab my attention and the idea is certainly cleverly picked out. I really want to read the sequel now, which I suppose is the best sort of indicator you could ask for.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected find! Good book, I really liked the story and I wish it would have elaborated more on the plants and how they worked and how it was thought out to be but the characters were absolutely imaginable and overall well done!
Didn't really like this one. I thought Lizzy was a brat and the story didn't make a lot of sense. Neat twist at the end though.
Tina Farley
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did an amazing job narrating from the point of view of a strong female character. I was a little disappointed in the ending at first because I don't like cliff hangers. However, after thinking about it, I think the ending is good choice and I'm looking forward to the second book!
Maxximum Reads
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Woah. Although there were times I wished to fast forward but the end gave it the stars! I did not see that coming!
Jack Woodland
rated it liked it
Dec 12, 2016
Sarah Stoltenberg
rated it it was amazing
Sep 06, 2017
Carissa Leigh
rated it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2016
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Hive
  • Namesake
  • Speech and Debate
  • Shards of a Broken Sword: The Complete Trilogy
  • Five Magic Spindles
  • Draven's Light (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #7.5)
  • The Rivers Run Dry (Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #2)
  • Code Blue
  • The Midnight Dancers (A Fairy Tale Retold #4)
  • A Star Curiously Singing (DarkTrench Saga #1)
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids
  • Blaggard's Moon (Trophy Chase Trilogy, #0)
  • Oxygen (Oxygen, #1)
  • Fly Away Home
  • The Flight of Swans
  • Embers (Abiassa's Fire, #1)
  • Truth (Makilien, #1)
  • Tainted (Soul Chronicles, #1)
See similar books…
Ryan has been writing books since he was twelve years old. After an undergrad in science and a very close call with the medical field, he chose to shift majors at the last moment to pursue his lifelong dream of authorship.

On the path to publication, Ryan's day job led him into marketing. To date, he's written for a few hundred major brands, including Oprah, Starbucks, Xbox, and Nike. His books hav
“But when you’re a kid, it isn’t chaos. It’s just a heartbeat. Your house isn’t floating through space, it sits on the ground. Once you get old enough you start to see that color is just paint and doors are just wood. Then, at some point, that feeling of home vanishes entirely. And… that’s what I fear. That nothing will ever make me feel like I’m safe again. That once you leave home, you never get it back.” 4 likes
“Maybe the problem with holding onto memories so tightly is that they don’t allow us to make room for the future. Maybe the gentle decay of the past is a blessing that dulls the sharp blade of regret, allowing the possibility of rebirth.” 1 likes
More quotes…