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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  87 reviews
A new dystopian sci-fi YA series from the New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck

Warning all Astronauts:

In the future, a terraforming ship lands on a perfectly green planet.
Two perfect young men, one a budding colony leader, the other an engineer, compete for t
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Colleen Houck
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Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2020
This was such a good book!! I’ll admit, I had to take a star off because Astra was driving me nuts for a minute there. I mean it’s one of those things where you’re yelling at the book because the main character doesn’t see the blatantly obvious truths before her. She is even told the truth multiple times but it just isn’t clicking. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Otherwise, it was super good!!

It was a little bit of a slow start, but once they got to the planet and the mystery started to unfurl, I was hooked. I had
May 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 3-and-4
Thanks to Trident Media Group for providing me with a digital ARC of Terraformer in exchange for an honest review.

Terraformer felt more like a draft than a book. Not because its riddled with mistakes and plot holes necessarily because Terraformer has clearly been processed and edited expertly, but this feels a lot more like someone describing a story than like someone telling one. A lot of what feel like they should be important moments are narrated instead of being told through speech. Upon 2
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Terraformer is a young adult science fiction/ dystopian novel by Colleen Houck. Terraformer is not like the typical books that I normally read. I don't read too many science fictions stories anymore, but I enjoyed this book, and it makes me want to venture outside of my comfort zone and read more dystopians and sci fis. (leave me recs of your favorites in the comments below!)

In Terraformer, our main character Astra boards a ship with her parents to travel to a distant planet, Crillain IV. The pl
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Cute cover... I thought it's going to be about fairies but it's set in space (not my thing) but I like Colleen's books. ...more
Varsha Sabarinathan
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Astra Meador woke up from her hypersleep before the destined time. The dream which woke her up was strange, you don’t dream in hypersleep. It was the beginning of the strange happenings. The pod containing her father was empty, data says he was dead and disposed into space. Her mother was prisoned right after she and her family went to hyper sleep. The greatest botanist of all world never made it to the ship. When they landed finally on Crillian IV, the planet was nothing like they expected it t ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book at first reminded me of the movie Passenger. Then as I kept reading I would say this is for fans of Across the universe series and has the earthy quality of Uprooted. This may be for fans of these series but is unique and original. I always love what a unique writer Colleen Houck is. She does a great job with her world building.

I first wanted to read this just based on the stunning cover. The cover did feel more fantasy then Science Fiction. This is not a fantasy novel. I then was lik
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I will admit immediately, this is not the kind of book that has an impact so big I will think about it for years to come. It is mostly a dystopian young adult with a love triangle and teenage coming of age in an unsafe world, while the main character cannot be sure who she can trust. And that is completely fine, I love reading those books sometimes. (I do wish the love triangle was over and done with though! I've learned it'
Cassie Quach
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and Trident Media Group for providing an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have to be honest and say that I really wanted to like this book in the beginning, but at a certain point, I knew it had lost its promise. At first, it was giving me strong "The 100" vibes, which I enjoy. I was looking forward to a story that had a similar premise and feeling with it being a dystopian world where mainly young adults/teens were forced to live and repopulate on an
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don’t know how to quite put my feelings into words for this book. So I’m going to list what sticks out for me in this book. I did not like any of the main characters. Astra was “I’m not the smart one, I’m so weak, my brother is smarter”. Astra kept going around asking dumb questions. Jax was just creepy. Thane was so obviously the “hot jerk who won’t get the girl” character. Nash was so strange that it was obvious what what going on with him right from the start. The siblings weren’t honest wi ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Interesting concept... poor execution.
Just a warning, the synopsis on Goodreads is slightly misleading.
My biggest grippe is with the characters:
Astra - the perfect meek botanist.
Thane - the cocky leader.
Jax - the brooding engineer.
Nash - the strange brother.
Uncle Harm - the boomer.
And that's about it. The rest of the characters were pretty much non-existent.
They were all one-dimensional and their interactions were downright cringey. None of the relationships felt believable to me because there
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
This book was given to me through Netgalley for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is a sci-fi, and I normally don't read this genre, but I'm happy that I got to read this book.
I like the start of the book, it is interesting, there are some things that I just read through quickly because I don't care that much for technical things, but otherwise I like the start and pacing.
But overall I actually liked this book, and read it in almost one sitting! 3,5 stars from me!

I feel
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

O . . . kay. That was quite literally one of the strangest books I've ever read. And if I'm being honest, I am currently reconsidering my desire to read her other books. Perhaps this one is a fluke--I don't know. But if Terraformer is pretty standard for this author's writing, then I'm out.

Where to start? I guess I'll just say things as I think of them. Shall we begin?

All of the characters were written lik
Kirstie Ellen
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
This was really fun! I admit things got a little strange towards the end there and I was all for a 5-star rating until about the 75% mark. But on the whole another amazing and unique story from Houck that is totally addictive to read and full of great characters.

This is Houck's first sci-fi novel and I was impressed! It's all about a terraforming mission but edges ever so slightly into the thriller genre. Our main character Astra is among the crew on a s
Karen M
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is Science Fiction and very well done Science Fiction. Don’t let the fact that the main protagonists are teenaged fool you into to thinking this is strictly a Young Adult book. This is Science Fiction and if the main characters were ten years older the thought of YA wouldn’t cross your mind but if you are looking for a YA read then yes, this has young people in it.

Now that’s out of the way, I loved the characters, the storyline, and most of all I loved the feel of the planet on which all th
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
While I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of this story, I was very disappointed in the actual book. When saying that sci-fi isn't believable, it is not because the created world isn't believable. It is the behavior of the characters that is unbelievable. Maybe it is because I know so many young adults and not a single one would behave the way these characters do, but I think it is more that there seemed to be a political agenda with this book. It is one that I happen to agree with, but still felt tha ...more
Francisca Pinto
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalleyarcs
I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was amazing.

I love science fiction and this book didn't dissapointed me.

This books begins when Astra wakes up too early from hypersleep and then, she discover 2 things: first, his mother nerver made it on board because she was arrested and two, her father is dead. Obviously she was very scared because she thinks her mother was arrested because of her, her family have a very depest secret about her and that is the rea
Amber Myers
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
The plot was initially intriguing but executed poorly and felt like it just fell apart the further along I got in the book. I've enjoyed Colleen's other books quite well but unfortunately this one was just not for me. ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a mixture of Annihilation and a cheesy romance. Yes, there are a lot of cringe moments, plot-holes and non-understanding of science but... you have to keep in mind it's YA - that means it is not intended to be read by graduated PHDs in physics and engineers. For what's worth, the book is very original, entertaining and there were so many plot twists I did not see coming! It's a solid 3.5 stars for me (and not a 2-star book at all!)
Terraformer was graciously provided for free from th
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book, I really enjoyed this world, and these characters, and the science. Astra was fantastic to read about!
Kelly Risser
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow. What an an absolutely unique and fully imagined story. As a longtime fan of Colleen Houck, I’ve come to expect interesting, well developed characters and immersive worlds when reading her books. While Terraformer is her first foray into science fiction, it can stand with any of her previous novels. It is a quick read and very engaging - I finished it in one day.

I really liked Astra and Jax. I adored the planet and the beings that lived there. If you like science fiction and mystery sprinkle
Kira Brighton
*Received free e-copy via YASH*

At first, I was hopeful that this book was a step in the right direction for Houck, but it turned out to have the same biases and flaws that weakened her other books, including a lack of respect for boundaries in romance. The last part of the story also edged on absurd. So it wasn't what I'd have liked.

Content Warning: eugenics/ableism, corpse nastiness, unaddressed imperialist mindset
Lillian Freire
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction, arcs
Thank you Trident Media Group and NetGalley for providing me the advanced digital copy of this book in exchange of an honest review! And would you look at that! I finished it just in time - its official release is tomorrow! (May 12th).

Let me tell you I'm the kind of girl that sees the slight hint of science fiction and I just already want to dive into it, and this is what drawn me to this book. The exploration of a new unknown world in the hopes of colonizing it to keep humankind alive is indeed
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^^^^^Nut Shell^^^^^
A beautifully crafted world with mysteries, science, and creative world-building. Where it may falter in the human Characterization, but alien personalities she created were fun and intriguing. We follow the MC caught in a struggle to choose to save her people or save her planet.


The premise takes place sometime in the future where Earth has reached the point that it entire ecosyste

May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley, courtesy of Trident Media Group, in exchange for an honest review**

I really loved this book. Not only did I finish Terraformer in only a couple nights, this book also managed to kick me out of a long reading slump. It reminded me of how much I love Colleen Houck’s writing. Now I just want to devour all the books she’s written all over again.

Can I just say that Colleen Houck has evolved so much as a writer! The prose in the first few pages are stunni
Meg K (fiction_gryphon)
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I was provided an ARC copy of the book through NetGalley courtesy of Trident Media Group*

This sci-fi/fantasy was so fascinatingly unique from any of Colleen Houck's prior books! Having read all of her titles to date, I was expecting the formulaic structure I've come to know and love about her books, namely a curse to be broken, mythological influences, and love triangles to sort out by the end of the story. Those elements are still here in Terraformer, but they take on an entirely new life in t
I have been reading Terraformer for years. YEARS. Long. Drawn. Out. Angsty. Dramatic. Teenage. Dream. Years.

Ok, not really. But, it felt like it. Usually, when a book drags as much as this one did, I DNF. I have no problem DNFing. I will legit DNF on page one. Weirdly, quite like the plot of Terraformer, I kept being drawn to this book. I saw it multiple times on Netgalley but I never requested it because I already had/have 3718119 other books to review. I kept thinking about it some more. I sa
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to hug a tree after finishing this book! I enjoyed Terraformer. Colleen creates a compelling and interesting future where the human population has grown so much it's now colonizing other planets. Also, technology has advanced (and morals changed?) so that most humans also genetically modify their offspring to be "perfect." Except, Astra has health issues, and her very presence aboard the terraforming mission to Crillian IV could be criminal. A weird dream wakes her up from hypersleep (whi ...more
Julie Angela Yu
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: interested
This is the first time I'm reading a Colleen Houck novel, and I must say it did and didn't meet all of my expectations.

For one thing, I like how the story was reminiscent of the movie Avatar and also reminded me of Naomi Novik's novel Uprooted. They had several things in common: they were all inspired by a Greek myth, have an amazing worldbuilding, a protagonist deeply connected to this world and of course, the man versus nature type of conflict. However, it wasn't enough. Though I never get ti
Lee Sharp
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Colleen Houck and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this advanced reader copy.

This work was not what I expected from the title and that is a good thing. While it is science fiction, there are elements to the book that would lean toward fantasy as well, so it is a good "cross-over" book. While there is a significant romantic element to it, that is to be expected in a "coming of age" work. The main character is a flawed female with distinct weaknesses, who, through perseverance,
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Let me just start by saying that Colleen Houck is a fabulous author!! She never fails to amaze in one way or another....

Which is why it's so hard for me to write this review. I absolutely adore The Tiger's Saga and The Reawakened Series by Colleen Houck. They are some of my all time favorite books!! This book however was found wanting.

Let me start with the positives! First off, I don't know of another author who has the ability to world build like Colleen! The writing and descriptions were so s
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New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge as ...more

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