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

Daisy's Run

(The Clockwork Chimera #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Life in deep space could be a drag sometimes, but Daisy supposed things could have been worse. They were still alive, after all, which was always a plus in her book. Now if only she could figure out who, or what, was endangering her return home, things would be just peachy.

It had been one hell of a way to start the day––being rudely snapped from a deep cryo-sleep, and in
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Curiouser (first published November 14th 2018)
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 Daisy's Run, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Daisy's Run

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.98  · 
Rating details
 ·  629 ratings  ·  113 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Daisy's Run (The Clockwork Chimera #1)
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wasn't especially surprised to find out, at the end of this book, that the author works in Hollywood (as an on-set doctor). A lot of it only makes sense if you apply Hollywood logic; consists of Hollywood cliches; or makes mistakes that Hollywood makes.

For example, people in real life don't sit bolt upright after they wake from a nightmare. It's a Hollywood cliche, to convey an internal experience in a visual medium.

The far side of the moon is constantly referred to as the "dark side"; anyone
Montzalee Wittmann
Daisy's Run
(The Clockwork Chimera #1)
by Scott Baron
This was a great book! Daisy is the main character and she is a tech aboard a ship headed home to Earth. The opening scene has the cyborg waking everyone up because the ship was hit by debris and there are several fires he can't find. They don't go back to cryosleep but all stay up and fix things and do maintenance. Daisy and the other tech Sarah notice small differences in data that they get and the ship's AI. Things get real bad, Daisy knows
Shani Asokan
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This book is incredibly confusing to review because every single chapter in the first 50 per cent was a struggle to get through. I seriously considered DNF’ing after the first sex scene because it made me cringe so, so hard.

And it’s not just that it was badly written either. I mean, it was terribly written but in addition, every single thing Daisy does, ends in badly written, cringeworthy sex.

However, after you get
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I'm doing the BookTube thing now: Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller!!

[2.5/5 stars] This was almost a DNF.

I put the book down around the 45% mark, and it was only a random set of circumstances that had me picking it back up again about a week later. And what good fortune that I did, because only a few minutes into the revisit, the plot suddenly turned on its head and went from a basic scifi space story to an interestingly original take.

The book had a lot of good setup, but IMO it took way t
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even as a kid growing up in the 80's with all the "firsts" of space exploration, I never dreamed about being an astronaut. Oh, sure, I'm a TNG Star Trek fan but beyond that, I can't say there's anything about space or science fiction that I really geek about. (And I'm not so sure that I'm not just a Patrick Stewart fan, because, c'mon, it's Patrick Stewart.) Ya'll are probably tired of hearing me say "I'm not that big of a sci-fi fan", yet I still keep reading it, don't I? Well, here are some re ...more
Doctor Science
Nov 16, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
Didn't finish. This isn't a science fiction novel, it's a treatment for a scifi movie or TV show. Not a particularly up-to-date one, either: all the characters seem to be white (e.g. distinguished by hair color) with similarly Anglo names. These days, that's a kind of future uniformity that needs to be explained, not assumed as "normal": it made me feel as though this was a Retro Hugo candidate.

Further, the space ship is run by an AI (as per current SF standard), but there don't seem to be the u
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has already got there first and is waiting for it."

Daisy is a typical snarky tech guru who wakes up to find to the ship she's serving on in need of emergency repairs. Those seem to be the least of her worries. I mean just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

This was a really fun ride. There was snark, aliens, handsome cyborgs and a big giant twist I d
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A ball of cliches wrapped in cringe

It has been a while since i've read a book bad enough to inspire me to write a review. But Daisy's Run has achieved that dubious honour.
When writing a book it can be hard to avoid cliche, so much has already been done it is difficult to come up with a truly original idea. This doesn't mean however that you shouldn't try to avoid cliche. It most certainly doesn't mean you can use all the cliches you want as long as your characters point them out, almost as if t
Tony Hisgett
There is certainly an interesting start to the book, but it doesn’t take long to develop into a mediocre soap opera, which just happens to be set in a spaceship.
I also struggled to develop any empathy for the characters and I especially found Daisy quite aggravating. The author doesn’t provide any back-story so the main characters are quite anonymous. Also the rubbish sex scenes don’t help.

About a third of the way through the nature of the story changes and it becomes more of a mystery and inves
Emilia || Dark Side of the Book
One day I saw that „Daisy's Run” written by Scott Baron was free on Amazon. Not only this one book, but three in „The Clockwork Chimera” series were free. I downloaded all of them and I read the first installment of this series yeasterday.
And I really need this book on my bookshelf!

Daisy is a redhair, electronics engineer gril, which was in deep cyro-sleep. One day all crew were awakened because something was wrong with their ship and it needs repairs. Daisy and her crewmembers started fixing
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s been a bit since I’ve read a complete female led sci-fi story. I really enjoyed this world building the author took in this book, I sensed part the way through this would be a series and look forward to the next one.

The lead character is fun and frustrating and just interesting to read. The book itself has a lot of technical reference peppered throughout the story, which for me added to the telling.

I look forward to book 2!

Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Publishing Date: November 2018

Publisher: Curiouser Publishing

ISBN: 9781945996184

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.6/5

Publisher’s Description: It had been one hell of a way to start the day––being rudely snapped from a deep cryo-sleep, and in the middle of a ship-wide crisis to boot––but Daisy was pleased to note that the ship had not decompressed, the crew hadn’t been blasted into space, and, most importantly, they hadn’t simply blown up. At least not yet. So, they had that going for them, but being stuck o
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Enough Books Logo

As someone who is a very big science fiction fan, when I was offered a chance to read Daisy’s Run, I jumped at the opportunity. It isn’t often that you come across a sci-fi book where the lead character is a female. And especially one who is as strong and snarky as Daisy.

Daisy’s Run is one of those books that hits the proverbial ground running. Right from the first page we are thrust in to a dangerous, and possibly deadly, situation. The space ship has been damaged by debris and if repairs a
John Tobler
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space Journey Ahead!

I must admit that I got taken by surprise several times while reading Daisy's Run, by Scott Baron. This eBook is the first volume in Scott's "The Clockwork Chimera" series. As I got deeper into the book, the book got deeper in me. You can look forward to great characters, fast action, and thought provoking themes.

I have read several space novels that started out with a human crew being awakened from cryogenic stasis due to some onboard emergency. Was this just another one? We
C.D. Tavenor
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daisy's Run: With a Slow Start, yet a Solid Sprint toward Future Tales

Daisy's Run immediately thrusts readers into a harrowing tale of the perils of space. Through twists and turns, readers will learn there is much more to Daisy than meets the eye. And not only is there more to Daisy, every character has their secrets to hide. As Daisy tries to unravel the truth, new discoveries meet her at every corner, and the story's final revelation surprised me, even as my skepticism meter had increasingly
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Having previously read other works by Scott Baron, I was excited to pick this one up. This one feels a bit distinct from the ones I've read in the past, as it has a lot more sci-fi elements to it. The main plot focuses on Daisy, who has just been awoken from a cryogenic sleep on a spacecraft headed to earth.

I think the highlight of this book is definitely the amount of attention and imagination that went into world-building. There's a very futuristic spin on all of the technology present in thi
Ria the Wannabe Librarian
I’m still thinking about this book. I stayed up until about two in the morning to finish it (couldn’t sleep anyway, so why not read a book if you’re tossing and turning?), and was left wanting more due to it cutting off rather abruptly at the end. The book is set in the future, there’s some romance going on, and there’s lots of action, conspiracies, and general futuristic “how can this have happened” type of stuff going on.

Warnings/slightly spoilers sorry: romantic relationships with cyborgs, d
John Purvis
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Daisy's Run" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Scott Baron ( Mr. Baron has published six novels. This is the first novel in his "Clockwork Chimera" series. 

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. The story is set in the future. The primary character is Daisy Swarthmore, a twenty-five
Faith Jones
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There were a few fiddly incongruities in Daisy’s Run (it's a 4.5 rounded up) but I don’t think I should be too critical about those because I enjoyed the adventure overall. I did wonder if it had been published in the wrong media as the sets and type of work it has been influenced by are all televisual; 2001 A Space Odyssey, Red Dwarf and the first Alien movie spring to mind, but I suppose Deepwater Black was the most comparable and that started as a novelisation (trilogy) and then morphed into ...more
Space Cowgirl
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something Scary👹 This Way Comes!

Adult Sci-fi Suspense with Adult Romance!
Human spacers are on their way back to the moon base near earth from deep space, in their ship VALI. All of the crew is in cryo sleep except for Harry, a cyborg, and the ship AI, Mal. Some sort of tiny space junk or object hits the ship, goes through the shields, and causes decompression and small fires in one pod section of the ship. The crew is woken up to make repairs.
The ship begins to exhibit small malfunctions month
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek, and really enjoy female protagonist-driven stories.

Daisy's Earth was invaded by aliens and the humans were annihilated. Some of the AIs managed to escape with the hope of saving humanity. There are some interesting hiccups along the way, of course.

The AIs are well-developed characters, and do everything from running communities to piloting ships and planning military ops. There are also cybernetic replacement parts for humans.

The characters are well-crafted, en
Ruth Turner
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will admit this is my first adventure with this genre of book - and the reason I chose it - I am shallow and my daughters name is Daisy, but I am absolutely hooked. Forgive me if this is off base, and I am by no means big on sci-fi usually but it put me in mind of a cross between Lost in Space and Star Trek (the tv one with Captain Jane, admittedly the only one I've seen!). You can absolutely tell that Scott Baron works in the movie industry - this book has "big screen adaptation" written all ...more
Helgaleena Healingline
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daisy wakes up from cryo-sleep early to help her ship's crew fight an unexpected hazard from external impact. With all she has to deal with, not being to remember her past properly gets put on the shelf until one of the crew gets sucked out an airlock while tracking an oxygen leak-- and ends up inside Daisy's head!

It turns out that there is more going on than she understands, and this run to Darkside lunar base for repairs is not at all routine. What's more, she has simply got to get over her p
Josh Jacobs
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Damn, so given that I had no idea what I was in for when I started this, it was a bloody fun ride! Definitely reading the next one in the series because while it didn't end on a cliffhanger as such, I really want to know more about this world and the about how Daisy will tackle the problems given to her in the last 10% of the book.

(view spoiler)
Leslie Wiederspan
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First things first, I normally stay away from spacey sci-fi stuff. It gets all technical and makes me feel stupid. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I enjoyed the Cowboy Bebop and Star Wars references. And for some reason Final Fantasy VII kept popping in my head when certain characters were mentioned (Sid, Barry). I did get a bit lost on the technical jargon, but it wasn't overwhelming. I was excited to see what Daisy would do next; which systems she would change on the ship, wha ...more
Thomas James
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just read Scott Baron's short biography. Being a Californian, I can agree that California is like another world - especially Hollywood - and begins to explain his inspiration for Daisy. Having dual personalities in California is almost required! Kudos for Baron for raising the Sci/Fi bar, which is not an easy thing to do. There are thousands of Sci/Fi and Fantasy writers and rising above the herd takes a special talent. Baron has that. I saw few, if any, serious grammatical errors, th
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well that was fun. And emotional, and crazy, and a whole load of other emotions.

Daisy is... unique. I'm not totally sure if I liked her, but when your in her situation, I guess I can't very well blame her. She's a protagonist who goes through it all, and while she comes out intact, it makes sense and doesn't feel like plot armour.

Now the plot is great. It's intricate, it's fun, there's lots going on and it will never be boring. I won't go into it, because it's really something you need to experi
S White
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a pity

I fell into this universe! The characters and twists kept me reading despite some seriously drawn out "action" sequences.
At 68%(yeah I noted it) the book took on a new direction. I started to worry! How could the author possibly complete the story with so little space left?!
Spoiler alert! They didn't. It is hard not to use profanity.
No I will not be following up with the next "book".
Barrie Davis
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Brilliant

What an amazing start to a series,Awesome characters literally leap of the page,a storyline that is totally immersive interwoven with numerous subplots to keep you turning pages this book has it all .Innumerable twists and turns to keep you guessing and a final revelation that you definitely won't see coming,I'm off to read the next in this astonishing series can't wait,Highly recommended a must read,Baz
Bridgett Cleaveland-Lopresto
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely kept my attention the entire time. It was hard to put this book down as I was continuously rooting for Daisy to do everything she has to complete in this book. I could not believe the direction it took and what we find out at the end. I recommend this book to any and all. Just be prepared to be shocked in the end. Can't wait for the second book. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Updating an ASIN 2 21 Dec 19, 2018 11:04AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Alien Artifacts (Cade Korbin Chronicles Book 2)
  • Admiral Bob (Bob and Nikki Book 15)
  • Some Assembly Required (Jane Bond #1)
  • Centaur of the Crime (Fantasy & Forensics #1)
  • The Bounty Hunter (Cade Korbin Chronicles, #1)
  • Roo the Day (Bob and Nikki Book 13)
  • The Messenger (The Messenger #1)
  • Keep Your Friends Close (The Kurtherian Endgame - Out Of Time Book 1)
  • Point of Impact (Nuclear Dawn #1)
  • Crossroads of Bones (Katie Bishop, #1)
  • Black Sheep (Flight of the Javelin, #1)
  • Lt. Reilly 2321: (Lt. Reilly book #1)
  • Firestarter (The Valens Legacy #15)
  • The Last Descendant (Sanyare Chronicles, #1)
  • For Steam And Country (Adventures of Baron Von Monocle, #1)
  • Deadbot (Bob and Nikki Book 14)
  • Crimson Tempest (Survival Wars, #1)
  • The Vacuum of Space (Space Janitor #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Scott Baron is an American author with a penchant for oddball stories with O. Henry-esque twists.

Born in Hollywood, Baron credits growing up in Los Angeles with skewing his humor towards the offbeat and absurd. He studied abroad in Italy during his college years, returning to Los Angeles to work in the film industry as an on-set medic. In addition to writing shorts and novels, Baron is also a scr

Other books in the series

The Clockwork Chimera (5 books)
  • Pushing Daisy (The Clockwork Chimera #2)
  • Daisy's Gambit (The Clockwork Chimera #3)
  • Chasing Daisy (The Clockwork Chimera #4)
  • Daisy's War (The Clockwork Chimera #5)

Related Articles

While all Goodreads members love books (or so we assume, otherwise this would be a weird way to spend your time!), there's a dedicated subset...
109 likes · 11 comments