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Earth is a distant generational memory for a group of colonists traveling to their new home, Paradise 18. That is until an incident causes them to crash land on the closest habitable planet of Tundra 37. The mystery of this strange frozen world and the half human pilots, known as the Seers, suddenly starts to unravel.
The book takes the precarious perspective of various people aboard the ship. One a disabled but very sharp girl, that doesn't really fit in the new world the colonists are working to build. Another is the perspective of one of the Seers, a once human girl who is now more machine and controls the ship, along side her twin sister. Through her flashbacks, we get a bit of a glimpse back to the Old Earth and the causation of the devastation that catapulted these survivors into space in the first place. We also get to see the story from Gemme and Miles perspective, which held the majority of the romance in this book.
I thought the romance was spot on, but a bit tame. More YAish than I first expected, but it was still good. The best part of the book was the main story. Well constructed and damn interesting, I thought every perspective and scene was well placed and edited. It all seemed to fit well together. However, I do have to comment that there seemed to be quite a few mistakes or typos throughout, but not enough to be truly distracting.
Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she's shocked that he's the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles Brentwood, a man oblivious to her existence.
Believing everyone will think she contrived the match, she erases it from the computer's memory. Just as comets pummel the ship and destroy the pairing system forever. With the Expedition disabled, the colonists must crash land on the barren ice world of Tundra 37 where Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by Lieutenant Brentwood. Only in the frozen tundra does she understand the shape of his heart and why the computer has entwined their destinies.
In summary, If you are looking for a good Sci-Fi story with a bit of romance, then this book might be for you. As a self-proclaimed UF lover, I really did enjoy this book. If you are looking for steamy romance, then I would suggest a book called Demon Possession. This book is labeled as book #2 in a series, but it reads like a standalone and I didn't miss anything from reading this book on its own.
Note: Safe for 15+
Miles Brentwood has an ear with the Seer's, the centuries old twins who run the ship. After the accident with the comets, he begins to suspect more is going on than he is being told, but he doesn't immediately question his orders. He takes his team of four out on their mission. Soon Miles is given a secondary mission to complete, one that must be done is secret from 2 of the other team members. To find a genetic anomaly and bring it back. He begins to question what they are doing on this secret second mission while he fights an unexplainable attraction to Gemme. But soon he begins to realize that something is up with what they are sent to retrieve and it may not be for the good of the ship or their community.
Together, Miles and Gemme have to learn that sometimes it is good to question the establishment and do what you feel is ultimately right, not just for yourself but for the good of everyone.
The second book in the Sci-Fi series, A New Dawn, was a little on the out there scale for me. The storyline with Gemme and Miles and their crews journey to complete both mission was excellent. I found myself wanting more and more of the foursome on the page because I enjoyed them so much.
Where the book took a weird turn for me was with the Seer's and the orb. The present and past flip flopping and how that storyline related to where we were today (or not) just did not capture my interest. I hate to say it, I would speed read through those section just to get onto something more interesting. I just felt we could have gotten away with a little less of how the twins got to where they are now.
As with Paradise 21, there isn't a hot romance between Miles and Gemme. Instead the story focuses on the characters trying to save themselves and the rest of the ship's crew along with solving the mystery of the orb and why the Seer's want it. Most of the story was very engaging and kept my interest...with the exception of the Seer part.
Gemme's perfectly ordered world is about to be shattered. As a matchmaker aboard the Expedition, she has life all figured out, but then she's paired with the handsome Lieutenant Miles Brentwood. Every lady wants him, especially her enemy Luna Legacy. In a haste decision, she deletes her own pairing and finds her world breaking apart in a shower of comets. When their spaceship crashes on the ice planet Tundra 37, Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by none other than Brentwood. As Gemme struggles with her attraction to him, she must find a way to survive within the chaos of her new life.
TUNDRA 37 ensnares the reader and explodes upon the page in a fast-paced space adventure filled with romance, mystery, and fantastical creatures. Gemme is an unlikely heroine, but she captures the reader's heart, and I couldn't help but cheer for her and Brentwood. Dionne's beautiful way with words can pour tenderness with a single glance, and yet strike the reader with the dangers and horrors of this new planet. The scenes between the past and present read seamlessly and draw the reader further into the characters' motives. The romance is sweet, and the science fiction is out of this universe.
TUNDRA 37 may very well be Aubrie Dionne's best novel to date!
Gemme is the ship's matchmaker. It is her job to double check the computer's read of a compatible couple's DNA and aptitudes then assign the match. She is a gal who loves analysis so she's perfect for the job and lives for her work until one morning she is astounded to discover that an old enemy as far back as childhood days wishes to bribe her into matching her up with the captivating Lt. Miles Brentwood. Gemme withstands the bribe and secretly yearns for Miles in her own right. But much to her surprise, she discovers in the next batch of match-ups that the computer has paired her with Miles. Gemme is terrified that someone will think she rigged it so she deletes the match of her dreams.
There is no time to think about it any further because all of the sudden things start going terribly wrong and the adventure of Gemme's lifetime begins. Her ship is bombarded by asteroids and Miles rescues her. The damage is too much so the ship alters course to a hostile environment planet. The ship requires vital energy resources that lie some distance to the south of their landing point and wouldn't you know it, Gemme ends up on Miles' exploration team. Then again, so does her rival. And if that weren't enough, there is intrigue and conspiracy that goes back generations in regard to a hidden powerful foreign object on the ship.
Can the exploration team survive to bring back what is needed to save everyone? Will Gemme get her chance with Miles?
This plot had multiple angles just like the last book and there is no small amount of delving back into the past through flashbacks. It was interesting getting the perspective of the two cyber-human pilots and their history and the young girl with disabilities who was discounted because of them so it was almost like three stories together with the Miles and Gemme romance and adventure. I have to say that while I enjoyed this book that I liked the first book and the prequel better. Gemme had some gumption, but she didn't shine as bright as heroine like Aries. Then Miles, while heroic, wasn't as exciting as Striker or James.
Now the intrigue and mystery in this one was more pronounced and I loved the build up to the discovery of the truth and how it tied in with the life and death survival stuff too. As I said before, the Sci-Fi world building was awesome.
Definitely a good strong installment in the series and I can heartily recommend it to all the Sci-Fi Romance fans who like their romance light and their adventure heart-thumping.