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

The Pioneer

(The Pioneer #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  61 reviews
When Jo steps onto Tau Ceti E, it should be the happiest moment of her life. After all, she’s been training for as long as she can remember to be a cadet pilot in the International Space Agency. She’s dreamed of the day she and her family would leave Earth forever and begin life as pioneers on a new planet.

But now she can’t stop thinking of everything that has gone wrong o
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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 The Pioneer, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Pioneer

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  175 ratings  ·  61 reviews

More filters
Sort order
When you requested a book because you were sure it was a standalone but apparently it isn't : a story of me.

Most little kids drew their families standing in front of a house. I didn't. My family portraits featured five crayon stick figures labeled Mom, Dad, Beth, Teddy, and Joanna, holding hands in front of a wobbly spaceship on a different world.

Okay, that gripe aside, THE PIONEER was so much more than I remember the synopsis teasing me with. This is a big time space adventure with lots of spac
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...

When Jo steps onto Tau Ceti E with her family to live life as a pioneer, it should be the happiest moment of her life. But so much has gone wrong to get them here... and now they are short one person... her beloved brother. And to make it even harder she can't be the pilot she was meant to be. As she throws herself into helping her team establish their community she falls for this amazing new world. That is threatened by a secret that could dest
Anatea Oroz
Space-Opera kind of books have always been my favorite, which unfortunately means that I have read so many of them that I often don't find them satisfying anymore. This was not the case with The Pioneer. I kept on turning the pages and wanting to know more about this curious new world of Tau Ceti e. The way Bridget describes it is so magical that you just can't help but just wanting to go there to experience all of the sensations that the new world is giving.

I also loved the fact how romance wa
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is a quick and easy read, well paced if glossing over a few parts of the plot that probably deserved a bit more attention.

The writing and characterization was ok, if not impressive, although I felt some of the dialogue was a bit weak.

Bottom line with this one is that it is an unchallenging read that definitely shows it was intended for a YA/light SF audience.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I love adventures in space! And I like new planets and such! Especially because this one kind of reminded me of... actually I won't say, for fear of spoiling stuff (for that, not this). But suffice it to say, good stuff! Anyway, some things were hit or miss, but overall I'd definitely say more hit!

The Things I Liked:

•New planet! I mean, I guess we ruined the old one, no surprise ther
Vicky Who Reads
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drcs
3.5 stars

I’ve been excited about The Pioneer ever since my first #Novel19s chat last year, and it sounded amazing and right up my alley.

And it totally was the type of book I would (and did) enjoy reading.

If you, like me, love Olivia A. Cole’s A Conspiracy of Stars (one of my favorites and only YA book I’ve read focusing on interplanetary colonialism), you’ll definitely like The Pioneer if you’re looking for something similar.

I love sci-fi (it’s my favorite genre) and The Pioneer did not fail t
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Thank you so much Bridget for sending me an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review!

I've been interested in The Pioneer since the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover when HarperTeen had revealed their winter 2019 books. I'm a sucker for anything space exploration and having to do with aliens. The Pioneer was right up my alley. The Pioneer was brilliant and different, Tyler created a planet and alien species that came alive
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It seems that I was so invested in this story because it looks promising and appealing. A 100 meets Alien: Covenant vibe. Who wouldn't want a science exploration to a new planet?

Honestly, that prologue was a total bomber because it hooked me from the start. It is like The Martian in the prologue and I told myself to invest in this story.

Jo with his parents and friends were the next in line to inhabit the new planet called Tau Ceti E. The crew boarded the ship called Pioneer and their job was to
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-arc
Quick read and awesome ending!
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Pioneer starts off right in the middle of the action, firmly telling us readers that in space, the consequences are so much higher. Dealing with her grief, but also her change in status, everything has changed for Jo. But it doesn't matter now that they're on their new home, right? But soon Jo figures out that there are secrets being hidden from them, secrets that could destroy the
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars boosted because of the way cultural/species sensitivity issues handled

The Pioneer is a science fiction novel aimed at young adults/teens. It sort of loosely falls into the space opera genre owing to its taking place in another solar system, its spirit of adventure (pioneering!) and light melodrama aspects. It's not tech-heavy sci-fi. There's a bit of handwaving about the way travel from earth to Tau Ceti e is accomplished, and the young pilots charged with shuttling people and cargo ar
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I loved this. That cliffhanger majorly sucked though. I used to get pissed about that, no I just roll my eyes. I am seriously side-eyeing this book.

That said, I loved the world-building to pieces, and I thought the pacing and storytelling were wonderful. The Pioneer definitely kept my attention what with the new planet, the apex, man-killing predators, the lies, the drama of new species coming in contact for the first time, etc.

I'd give it 5 stars because I really did love it but I can't help t
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

To be honest, when I heard about this book, I had no idea what direction the book would go. But, I still decided to give it a try since I really enjoy sci-fi. Guess what, the book was amazing! This book is a fast-paced sci-fi book that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

The book starts right off with action. Jo meets an accident on a shuttle that causes her to lose her brother and leave her unable to fly. The book then continues with events taking place a few years later and Jo is j
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this took a lot of turns. It's a solid 'earth is doomed and humans have to populate other planets' sci-fi story, with decent but not great world building. I didn't really love it because there is a lot of death, it kind of bummed me out. It does end on a cliff hanger so I would probably read a sequel just out of curiosity but not because I loved this book.
Andria Potter
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

That ending though. Grrr. Need next book ASAP please.

The action, light romance, and humor throughout this book was wonderful. Book two is now on my anticipated reads list due to that very open ended ending.

Highly recommend for all SciFi fans!
Danielle Hammelef
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll just start this review with the first word out of my mouth when I finished this book--"Wow!" Bridget Tyler has written one of my new favorites and most memorable books I've ever read. I honestly can't think of any cons to this book, with the exception that I need book 2 NOW, so you know I absolutely loved, loved my time inside these pages. Here are my favorites aspects of this novel:

1) The world-building: The fresh and 3D world of Tau Ceti e comes to life with flora and fauna and landscapes
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Provided via trade for a fair and honest review

You can find this review and others like it on the blog here:

Sometimes I get in a mood for a certain type of book, and at the moment when I read The Pioneer it was exactly what I was looking for. I had just finished reading Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and was blown away by how much I loved it and was in a space odyssey type of mood. So when I was given the opportunity to read The Pioneer I jumped all ov
Jennifer Guest
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Pioneer is a Y.A. sci-fi book that totally nails the world building, has a complex main character with depth, throws some unexpected twists at you, features terrific pacing, and is a great read. The Pioneer grabbed my interest right from the beginning and kept it all the way to the end. I devoured it in one sitting. :-)

Joanna is a wonderful main character. The author is fantastic at conveying Joanna's feelings and any inner conflict she experiences along with some wonderfully written family
Lauren AKA randomreader
Ugh, my sci fi loving heart is heavy. I was really ready to go gaga over this book during the first chapter, but my admiration for the technology and space opera themes dwindled the more I read.
The action scenes were badass, I'll admit it. Those earned this book those 2 stars because they were gory, gross, and effectively gave some "risk" to the characters. A common mistake in YA is the authors seem to make it too easy for the characters to survive because they are just that strong, or that t
It took me a while to connect with Jo since theres something about characters who pity themselves that can rub me the wrong way. I dont enjoy seeing everyone close to them get pushed away. Thankfully she goes through some wonderful developpement and becomes more self assured. It was nice seeing her get closer to her best friend and her family again. I didnt like Leela at first because of how she treated Jo, but by the end I thought she was an awesome badass. Jos sister Beth is a genius who got a ...more
Rosaria Munda
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Bridget Tyler's The Pioneer and it was a delight from start to finish.

There were a lot of reasons I loved this book. First of all, because it took me back. All the way back to when I wanted to be an astronaut and see the stars and walk on new worlds. Tyler captures that wonder and fills you up with it. It's too rare to experience a book that delights in sheer wonder, much less one that can pull it off without feeling sappy or indulgent. This book do
Kathy Martin
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This excellent space adventure introduces readers to Joanna Watson. Jo has been training to be a pioneer for all of her life. Her parents are involved in the program to resettle on a newly discovered planet as are her sister and brother. Jo is a cadet pilot when the story begins. Of course the story also begins with a near tragedy on their spaceship which results in the death of her brother Teddy and enough damage to Jo's heart and lungs that she can never be a pilot again.

Jo has to readjust he
Madeline ✯ (The Bookish Mutant)
Real rating: 4.75 stars

Let me start off this review by saying...

Can we please give a massive round of applause to Bridget Tyler for not making the aliens in this book look like humans with slightly different features? AT LAST! Creatively made, fascinating aliens in YA sci-fi! WOOHOO!!!

/Users/Madeline/Desktop/Miscellaneous/Gifs/kazoo kid.gif

I absolutely ADORED the design from the Sorrow. There was a clear, massive amount of thought put into them--everything from how they evolved, the hierarchy of
Myron Brown
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
After an accident that left her unable to fly, Jo is honored to be the first person to step onto Tau Ceti e. However, she soon discovers that it is not the uninhabited planet she was led to believe. Soon she must decide whether or not she and the other settlers should leave Tau Ceti e alone. There are surprises galore in this suspenseful novel. After an overly long prologue which establishes the lead characters, the story reads at a very brisk pace with revelations occurring in every chapter. Th ...more
Margaret Schoen
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss

3.5 stars
Settling a new planet with her family is everything Jo ever wanted and something she's trained for her whole life. And they're finally landing on Tau Ceti c, but only after an accident that killed her brother, set their mission back years, and left her unable to fly. Alienated from her friends and family, and sidelined to helping with the unpacking and kitchen duty, Jo begins exploring her new home, and falls in love with its beauty. But then she
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent YA sci-fi, about a family who's been training to run an exploratory vessel to pioneer a settlement on Tau Ceti. Really cool thought experiments about what near-future space colonization might look like, with a sophisticated political situation and a thoughtful consideration about first contact with intelligent alien species. Be warned, Bridget Tyler is not messing about when she wants it to be realistic -- characters die. There's an awful lot of 3D printing as a mechanism for building, ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Pioneer is electric, heart-wrenching science fiction that will have you turning pages late into the night. A week later, you will catch yourself staring at the park across the street. You were daydreaming again, soaring over the glittering Diamond Range and blue-green canopies of Tau.

The cover suggests that this the Oregon Trail on another planet, and the book delivers on that premise in spades. The world is foreign and startling beautiful. Every new species is at once terrifying and wonder
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-2019
Space....the final frontier.

Jo has always known what her life will be as an interstellar pioneer, carving out a new home for humanity (since, surprising no one, the Earth has been damaged to its breaking point). The best part? She's going to be the one to get them there as the project's star pilot. But when a horrible tragedy occurs before they even leave Earth, Jo is left unable to fly the ship, and unable to see where she will fit into the mission with her new limitations. To make matters wors
Sandy Conley
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bree hawkins/walker
Shelves: si-fi
I did enjoy the book but hope it was number one in a series. Stories like this one have an important part of making the reader want the story to continue. Authors need to build a world that the reader can envision. Assuming that that this is the first part of the story the author has a great start. The inhabitants of her world, though alien, are interesting and fit well in the world that her main characters have arrived at. The Pioneers don’t fit in quite as well. They find that the reports file ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I mostly read this in one day but technically started the prologue a few days prior. I was lucky to have gotten an advanced reading copy.

I’m not an avid reader so the fact that I read 95% of this in one day is a testament to how captivating it is. The descriptions of the environment- the feelings of the characters- the on going suspense and adventure made me want more with every page. Even at the end I wanted more... craved more to this story. Many characters evolve throughout this story. The co
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Chilling Effect
  • Borderland
  • Mind Games
  • Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles #1)
  • The Last 8 (The Last 8, #1)
  • Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic, #1)
  • A Thousand Fires
  • Seven Devils (Seven Devils, #1)
  • Untitled
  • Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)
  • There Will Come a Darkness (There Will Come a Darkness, #1)
  • Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)
  • The Deceivers (Vale Hall, #1)
  • The Kingdom
  • Goddess in the Machine
  • The Women's War (Women's War, #1)
  • A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, #1)
  • Through the White Wood
See similar books…
I grew up in Berkeley, California in a house filled with books. I started telling stories before I could read, so my mother took dictation until I learned how to turn the words in my head into words on a page. She knew I was going to be a writer when I grew up, but it took me a while to catch up.

THE PIONEER is about a young woman struggling to deal with the loss of her beloved big brother while h

Other books in the series

The Pioneer (2 books)
  • Untitled (The Pioneer #2)