Monday, August 8, 2011

PARADISE 21 Review and Giveaway - Aubrie Dionne

PARADISE 21 by Aubrie Dionne
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
My Recommended Age Group: Adult
Released: August 2011
Blog Tour: Kismet Book Touring
Our Rating:

From Goodreads:

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.

My thoughts:

I've heard variations of this story before, but never with the fantastic elements of romance and suspense that Ms. Dionne throws into her writing. A dying race must do anything it can to survive. For Aries, one of the last human women who should keep the human race going, her duty is to pair up with the compatible match assigned to her and have children.  Without these children, the New Dawn, a spaceship taking the last of Earth's hopes to a new planet, will eventually become unmanned and another piece of space junk as its current crew all die of old age.  We all know the complexities of the human race, however.  Attempt to tell a human woman whom she should love and all heck will break loose.

Escaping the New Dawn, Aries finds herself on a world that may hold just as many dangers as the life she is attempting to leave did, save for one aspect; Striker - a man who is not genetically desirable and definitely not one that should continue the human race.  Yet, Aries finds herself drawn to him and eventually learns that she must do anything she can to keep him by her side.

Ms. Dionne's story was one full of love and passion.  One of my favorite aspects of PARADISE 21 was Aries.  I found her to be a fun character to read, full of emotion and well rounded so that she always made the story interesting.  Her relationship with Striker is one of those that keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense, waiting to see if the two will eventually find happiness together or if a darker fate awaits them. In a cold world where the logical choice should take precedence, can romance and love win?  You'll have to read to find out!


Guest Post with Aubrie Dionne

Where I got the idea for Paradise 21

What will happen when our sun dies out?

I’ve always been a worry wart, and ever since I was little I’ve had a strange concern at the back of my mind for those people born on Earth when our sun starts to die out. I know it’s millions of years from now, but basically, if humans are still alive, it would suck. They’d hear about all the thousands of years people had to enjoy life, and they’d be stuck with the short end of the stick. I’d like to think that humans will live on when Earth dies, and that was where the idea for Paradise 21 came from.

In Paradise 21, humans have ruined the Earth long before the sun will burn out. They haven’t perfected cryogenic sleep, so the only way to reach another life sustaining planet is to live on the colony ships, producing generations of astronauts in deep space. Not only would they have to share the same vision as the founders of the mission, but they’d have to watch out for inbreeding because only so many bloodlines can fit on each ship.

What if someone became disillusioned with the process? What if they didn’t like their computer designated mate?

That’s where I got Aries. And that’s where Paradise 21 begins…

My question to you is: have you ever thought about the sun burning out and what would happen to life on Earth?

About Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, A Fly in Amber, and several print anthologies including Skulls and Crossbones by Minddancer Press, Rise of the Necromancers, by Pill Hill Press, Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night by Nightbird Publishing, Dragontales and Mertales by Wyvern Publications, A Yuletide Wish by Nightwolf Publications, and Aurora Rising by Aurora Wolf Publications. Her epic fantasy is published with Wyvern Publications, and several of her ebooks are published with Lyrical Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.

Aubrie: On her Website // On her Blog


Giveaway Details

Don't forget to enter to win a copy of Ms. Dionne's eBook, Chameleon's Colors (the first in the Carnival of Illusions series) and a signed postcard.  To enter, simply fill out the form below.  If you would like to be entered in the grand giveaway to win one of three beautiful necklaces made by the fabulous Ms. Dionne, leave a comment on this post.  Each tour post that you comment on earns you another entry into this necklace giveaway.

Continue on to the next stops in the tour!

Monday August, 8th – Cinnamon, A Journey of Books / Guest Post, Where Aubrie got the idea for Paradise 21

Tuesday,  August, 9th – Tishia, Paranormal Opinion / Guest Post, Paradise 21: Space Pirates with a Chip on Their Shoulder

Wednesday, August, 10th – Jules, The Great, The Good and The Bad / Guest Post, Sci fi terminology in Paradise 21

Thursday, August, 11th- Bree, The Magic Attic / Character Interview, Striker

Friday, August, 12th – We Fancy Books / Guest Post, The baddies in Paradise 21

Monday August, 15th – Kristin, My Bookish Ways / Author Interview

Tuesday, August, 16th - Cindy, Oodles of Books / Guest Post, Luggage in Space

Wednesday, August, 17th- Rie, Mission To Read / Guest Post, Creating your own world: Positives and Negatives

Thursday, August, 18th – Grace, Books Like Breathing / Character Interview, Aries

Friday, August, 19th – Ambur, Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright / Guest Post, Character Building: Challenges and Rewards

Monday August, 22th – Nikki, Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind / Guest Post, The challenges and advantages to writing Sci Fi romance

Tuesday, August, 23th – Christie, The Fiction Enthusiast / Guest Post, Paradise 21: the twenty first planet capable of sustaining life

Wednesday, August, 24th – Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms / Author Interview

Thursday, August, 25th – Farrah, The Book Faery Reviews / Guest Post, What Makes Space Opera So Awesome?

Friday, August, 26th- Mandy, The Well-Read Wife / Guest Post, Pirate names: learn the crew of the Morphic Marauder


Aubrie said...


Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I loved your review of Paradise 21!

Cinnamon (A Journey of Books) said...

Aubrie - it was really good and pretty thought provoking! A great mix.

Aubrie said...

I'd love it if you could post this review on Goodreads for me!

Aubrie said...

Thank you so much! :)

Cinnamon (A Journey of Books) said...

Not a problem. :)

Danny said...

Great Post Aubrie! Truth to be Told I have never thought about the the sun burning out, but now that I DO think about it, it's kinda scary. I mean of course we won't happen to be alive anymore when this happens ....

But I do think that when this time comes scientists will have found a way to deal with it, either by searching for a new place somewhere else in the universe or by generating a kind of safety net around the earth...

Claudia Lefeve said...

Actually, I thought abou the sun burning out last night (I was watching the Discovery channel). I didn't get far in my thoughts, as my hubby changed the channel on me. Guess I'll have to pick up Paradise 21!

Escape by Fiction said...

Great giveaway!! Paradise 21 sounds like an amazing story - I can't wait to read it:)

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

Victoria Zumbrum said...

Paradise 21 sounds really good. I can't wait to read the book.

Diana said...

Paradise 21 has very interesting story and the trailer is amazing. I believe if have ever the sun burning out there will be no life on earth.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

lag123 said...

Beautiful necklaces!

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Denise Z said...

Thank you for the post and what looks like a fun packed tour. I will try to follow as much as I can and look forward to reading more. I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I loved the trailer!


Julie said...

Terrific guest post! I loved learning how you came up with the idea of Paradise 21. I can honestly say that no, I haven't thought about what would happen if the sun burnt out. It is just too horrific to think about. I have enough nightmares as it is :)
jwitt33 at live dot com

Abraham Phillips said...

Great write up, I want to read this now.

As for the sun burning out, it's possible, not in my life time but if it does then there is nothing you can do about it, it will just happen, I think there is more of a change Earth burning up because of the sun before the sun burning out. But thats the beauty and amazment of fiction and having a wonderful imagination.

Niina said...

Great post! The necklace is gorgeous, I'd love to take part in possibly getting it.

LoriStrongin said...
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LoriStrongin said...

Ooh, those necklaces are gorgeous!

As for thinking about life ending on earth because of the sun dying...

When I was in second grade, our class went to the planetarium where the show we saw was about this very subject. Being only 7, I missed the whole "this won't happen for 500,000 years" and freaked out. I think I cried for a week straight!


Rachel Brooks said...

Great post and happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend! I'll have to check out the other tour stops.

Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

Deborah/TheBookishDame said...

Love, loved your review, the interview and that fabulous trailer! I'm dying for a copy of Paradise 21. 'though the necklaces are pretty...I'll forego those for a chance to get a copy of the book to review.
I'm a blog reviewer as well at:
http:// abookishlibraria dot blogspot dot com

Lisa said...

I am using your review to link to my review on the 5th of Sept thanks