[Review #50] Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

Title: Paradise 21
Series: A New Dawn
Book one
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Published: 2nd August, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
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Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew–a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage. 
But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates–humans who escaped Earth before its demise–are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.


I love Science Fiction books. Especially if they’re set in space. That’s what drew me to this book.

The plot:
Aries, a lifer aboard A New Dawn, one of the last ships holding human kind, has her life planned out for her. Her designated match, her job, the way she lives. This is so when their ship reaches the new world they will inhabit and make home, the best of the best are the ones to populate the world. The genetically desirable and only the genetically desirable. They left the rest on planet earth years and years ago.

Aries was matched to Lieutenant Barliss, a man she has no interest in and repulses her. She feels like a prisoner on board the ship and decides to do something about it, so she plays the game well while secretly planning her escape.

She manages to escape to a desert planet by crash landing her escape pod, then moves on hoping to find somewhere permanent to stay. She soon finds out that there are dangers on this planet, the lizard men and the large monster worms, both of which travel under the ground and attack by surprise. She loses all her carefully saved rations to the lizard men and nearly dies at the hand of one of the large monster worms.

Luckily another human stumbles upon her, the only other human on the planet; Striker. He’s the most handsome man she has ever laid her eyes on, but he’s also a space pirate and she knows she can’t trust space pirates. But with him being her only hope at survival what other options does she have?

The bottom line:
This book is interesting, it was a little different to what I had expected. There weren’t many things about ‘space’ happening, but it was set on another planet, it focuses more on the romance and how it develops rather than anything else. That is the main plot line. Even at that though I did feel that the romance was rushed through, they were kissing before I even had the chance at believing that Aries felt that way about Striker.

I had fun reading this. It was interesting and the setting was different. It was written in three points of view, Aries’, Striker’s and Barliss’ so that was interesting to read each characters point of view. But I do think this is the reason why I thought the romance was rushed and there wasn’t much of a build up. There wasn’t that much time to lay down the ground work when alternating between the three.

Overall, I thought this book was interesting and fun to read.

Paradise 21 has a mixture of Science Fiction and Romance with intense action scenes that has you holding your breath until they are over, and a love that tests the distance of space.

I recommend reading this book if you enjoy Science Fiction laced with romance.

Miss J


9 thoughts on “[Review #50] Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

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  2. You find the most obscure books… like I have to go waaaaaaay out of my way for them to cross my sight… haha … hmm with my current mood, I’m going have to say pass on this one, if the romance is as you said it was…

    • Hahahaha yeahh, I only came across this series when I found her Aubrie’s YA series Paradise Reclaimed, from what I gather the first book relates to The New Dawn ship that is in this book.

      The second book in this series is actually a lot better than this book though. This was a romance, the next book isn’t so much of a romance which I really liked. I’m not that fond of the romance genre, I like more to happen! Action, fighting, end of the world, life ending high stakes, zombies even… I get bored too easily when there isn’t anything else going on :/

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