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Achilles

(The Deep Sky Saga #1)

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The year is 2221, and humans have colonized an earthlike planet called Thetis in the Silver Foot Galaxy. After a tragic accident kills off dozens of teenage colonists, Thetis's leaders are desperate to repopulate. So the Mayflower 2, a state-of-the-art spaceship, sets off across the universe to bring 177 new recruits to the colony.
For Jonah Lincoln, an orphaned teen who'
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Published September 26th 2017 by Diversion Publishing
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Schizanthus
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Achilles, the first book in a planned trilogy, follows Jonah Lincoln, a first year cadet on board the Mayflower 2 on its way to Thetis, a planet in the Silver Foot Galaxy, accessible from Earth through a wormhole. After crash landing on one of Thetis' moons, Achilles, Jonah and the other survivors start to try to come to grips with their situation. Suddenly all of the adults vanish, leaving the kids alone in a world they know almost nothing about, despite the 1,200 plus page report about Achille ...more
Inge
I love me some survival stories, so I practically smashed the Request button on NetGalley when I saw Achilles. Because not only is it a survival story, it is a SPACE survival story! And I agree with Michael Kelso from That '70s Show on this, that pretty much everything is better with "space" added in front. SPACE UNICORNS! But back to Achilles where there are no space unicorns, but a whole plethora of new flora and fauna for us to discover.

Earth has become practically inhabitable, which means it
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Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~

2.5 stars...GoodReads, half stars would be great at ANY time!

I wanted to love this book. It sounded so cool, and like a break from the ton of fantasy/fairy tale type books I’ve been reading. Achilles was a book that, try as hard as I might, I just could not really get into. However, if you’re big on science fiction you might love it! It did remind me of the first season of LOST…which, I, ahem, also discontinued a couple of episodes into Season 2 because
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Maddison
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book was insane! Jumped right into the action, nice and gory XD It wasn't as hard-core sci-fi as I was led to believe, and I'm really grateful for that. The only down-side for me was how much concentration it needed, and as I did this on audiobook I got lost somewhere in the middle as I tend to get a little distracted and then was off for the whole end of the book. I tried picking it up but couldn't connect all of the threads and characters and stuff. I loved the whole idea ...more
C. Erani Kole
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: take-me-zaddy
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from NetGalley*

This was cool. I don't always find a sci-fi novel I like, but this one was something I clicked with immediately. Enjoyed the writing style, the flow. I loved the action and gory details- another surprise for me -and it was just pure adrenaline from start to finish. Jonah was an interesting character to follow, cautious. The others made up for what he didn't outright express in the story, taking lead or choosing the role of psyc
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Lia
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopic
Let me just say from the start, this book could have been really good. It had the potential to be so much more than it ended up being. This is because the author made one vital flaw: the characters. The book starts off with Jonah's ship crashing, and on the ship, there are a lot of people. You don't get to know many of those because the majority is death after the crash. However, you do get to know A LOT of characters, and most of them aren't even important. In the beginning, I thought a few cha ...more
JosiesBookishObsession
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*

2.5 stars.

This story is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. It wastes no time in jumping into the action.

The only problem with it being so fast paced is I felt the character development was compromised.

I must admit, sci-fi/space novels aren't really my thing - so if you are a fan of high action sci-fi books then you should definitely give this one a try!
Amy Leigh
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Jonah is a 16 year old cadet on a space ship called Mayflower 2 with 177 other people in the year 2221. They are on a resettlement journey to the planet Thetis and they're almost there. After being moved from foster home to foster home when his parents died in an earthquake Jonah can't wait to start over. He's finally getting the chance to start his life over by being a cadet and going on this mission. The journey abruptly ends when the ship unexpectedly crashes on a moon called Achilles right o ...more
Brianna
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
***received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***


The book starts off strong with tons of action but I found myself getting somewhat bored a bit. I did enjoy the book and will continue the series when more come out but for now, I'm sitting at a 3.5 rating. I will go back and reread it at a later time.
Genni Eccles
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This review was originally posted here on my blog, Ready, Set, Read!

If I'm going to be honest, I really didn't want to write this review. I have a lot of pros and cons to Achilles; I struggled to read Achilles at times, and other times I was enjoying what I was experiencing.

One big issue I had with this book was the pacing. For most of the time, I felt like nothing was happening. These kids were stranded of this planet, but after the initial crash and night, I was not interested. The middle j
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Avery ☆ bforbookslut
This review first appeared on B For Bookslut. More reviews like this can be found here.

As I started reading Achilles, I came across a couple of very negative reviews on Goodreads and I’m usually very swayed by reviews, especially if they resonate with me and I go, “yeah, that’s what I was thinking as well”. But, long after I’ve finished reading Achilles, what really sticks with me was how terrifying it was. And I say terrifying in a good way because I’m only very freaked out if I watch horror m
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Emma Lemin
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
How to explain how I feel about Achilles. Huh. It gave me anxious feelings...like the entire way through. I was on the edge of my seat and not necessarily in a good way. I will say first thank you very much to Diversion Books for sending this to me. Let me give you all a little run down of the plot...
We follow Jonah, who is an orphan who has been passed around from foster home to foster home and he's looking to restart his life and find his place again. A chance comes up for him when a disease
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C.R.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I marked this book as DNF.

Summary: Jonah and several hundred people are on their way to colonize a planet called Thetis. When they’re a day away from reaching the planet, their ship crash lands on one of Thetis’s moons, Achilles. Despite what was believed about this moon, it’s not as uninhabited as they thought. Not many people survive the crash, and while everyone is trying to figure out what to do, the adults in the group go missi
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Stephon Parker
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The year is 2221, and humans have colonized a planet called Thetis in the Silver Foot Galaxy. After a tragic accident kills dozens of teenage colonists, Thetis’s leaders are desperate to repopulate. So Earth sends the Mayflower 2―a state-of-the-art spaceship―across the universe to bring 177 new homesteaders to the colony. For Jonah Lincoln, an orphaned teen who has bounced between foster homes and spent time on the streets of Cleveland, the move to Thetis is a chance to reinvent himself, to be s ...more
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
4/5
Date Reviewed:
D M 2017
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

Thank You Diversion Publishing for giving a copy in exchange for an honest review.

In Achilles, a group of people are on their way to the new home planet of Thetis in the year of 2221, where their ship suddenly crashes on its moon, Achilles, instead. Upon landing on Achilles, Jonah realizes there is something deeper going on when all the adults g
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Jasmine
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Achilles is the first book in a sci-fi trilogy by Greg Boose.

Set in the year 2221, Earth is basically being ravaged by war. However, scientists have discovered a wormhole in space, which lead them to the discovery of a new galaxy, complete with a habitable planet called Thetis.

The first attempt to populate Thetis goes horribly wrong, and the teenage colonists are killed in an accident. So the Mayflower 2 sets off for Thetis with a new set of teenagers and adults. Unfortunately for them, they d
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A. Aaroones)
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Achilles is a new young adult science fiction novel packed to the brim with adventure and fear. The story mimics American colonial history, but it is set in the future and taken to space. Greg Boose brings rich imagination to his writing while playing to traditional science fiction elements. Even though Achilles is directed towards the young adult audience, the novel can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Science fiction is one of those genres that often comes with heavy storylines and plots that
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Desiree Shay
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5
I received this E-ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I still haven't entirely decided how I want to rate this book, so I'm sort of just going middle of the line. Once I got into the book, I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to see what was going to happen. But at the same time, I found myself annoyed with some of the things that were happening - vague explanations, weird things just happening in general in events and progression. Barely being int
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Jennifer Macaire
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ACHILLES:
Wow, just wow! I started reading Achilles, the first book in the series, and ended up at 3 am, bleary-eyed and completely hooked. The book starts with a horrific crash, as a ship carrying cadets, doctors, and scientists smashes onto an alien planet. They were supposed to go to Thetis, a new colony in space - instead they are wrecked upon Thetis's moon - Achilles. The main character, Jonah, is a teen, an army cadet, and completely overwhelmed by everything. The author gives us bits and
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Christie
I think I'd rate this 3.5 stars, if Goodreads let us do that.

I found this to be a pretty engaging read. I especially sped through the last half just to figure out what was going on. A blurb somewhere said it's like the tv show Lost, and I'll agree with that--a bunch of kids stuck on a moon most of them know almost nothing about, with lots of strange creatures, and symbols in rocks that open up portals, and other interesting things. It seems like a pretty good start to a series that I'd keep read
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
When I read the summary for Achilles I knew I had to read it as I have been looking for a book or movie about spaceships and people living on another planet for a long time. I saw the reference to The 100 and Lost and that just sealed it for me. I have been looking for books and shows like The 100 and Lost ever since I saw them for the first time this year.

Humans have been trying to colonize the planet Thetis for a while now so when an accident kills most of the teenagers on the planet Thetis c
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Nicole(Newbookcats)
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways-won, arc
DNF Page 80
I cannot do it. I just cannot. I feel no connection from this book. I do not want to read this book since it is so boring and so bland. I dislike the main character, Jonah. Ugh, I was really hoping to like this since it is science fiction.
Full review soon to be on blog, explaining in further detail of why I do not like it: www.newbookcatsreads.blogspot.com
USOM
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
this is like a 3,5 because it had some great characters, even if they were a little type cast, but above all it has all the suspense and mystery of a gripping thriller. if you love the 100 and lost, in a ya SF book, this is for you.

disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Sirena Cardenas
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Its not that good but its OK, the story is pretty good putting aside the lame insults, but the crazy psych *whistles* Greg sure nailed that part.
Harold Cardona
The pace is too relentless for me. The protagonists suffer multiple wounds and kept going without any consequence; adrenaline can't do that much.
Mandie
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Achilles is like a sci-fi lord of the flies meets lost. I loved it and I can’t wait for the next one!
Kelly
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good beginning to a series. Could be a bit confusing with all the "new world" names.
Brian Dille
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great sci-fi, well plotted with memorable characters!
Salla
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seven days after completing Achilles, I still can't decide if I liked it or not.

The world it's set in is something out of this world (forgive the pun), but the characters and some parts of the plot made it really confusing and weird sometimes.

Full review:
https://bookstoldmeso.blogspot.fi/201...
Sara R.
rated it liked it
Feb 23, 2018
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The fourth of six kids, Greg Boose grew up on a large produce farm in northeast Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, and then later received his M.F.A. at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he focused on screenwriting and fiction.

Greg is the former Los Angeles and Chicago Editor for BlackBook Magazine, and his work has appeared on/in many magazines and websites,
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The Deep Sky Saga (2 books)
  • Thetis (The Deep Sky Saga #2)