Tundra 37, by Aubrie Dionne, is the second in her New Dawn science-fiction series. Intriguingly, this is the sort of series that really doesn’t need to be read in order, with connected histories but entirely different futures. Colonists in the previous novel searched for Paradise 21, but colonists on Expedition have a whole new destiny. When meteors hit, the colony ship seems doomed, leaking air and rocked by explosions while its stores of power run low. Meanwhile citizens race down broken corridors, crew rescue survivors, and the mysterious Seers, now little more than extensions of the ship’s primary systems, give their all to save. It’s interesting to wonder what kind of community mankind might develop to survive the centuries-long journeys from star to star. Aubrie Dionne offers Lifers a computer-pairing system, matching genes that will keep the communal gene-pool healthy and the colony filled with life. In Paradise 21, the protagonist fled from her genetic match. In Tundra 37, a delightfully and genuinely mathematical Genne simply knows she’s not worthy. When the matching computer’s destroyed, together with all plans for the future, the logical Genne has to wonder if she’s wasted her life. But fate, a curious orb, and true love might lend a hand. There’s a nice balance of action, speculative fiction and romance in this story, plus an intriguing mystery and a well-rounded background in the future history of mankind. Tundra 37 is the sort of book that gives far more than it promises, invites questions of science and destiny, and creates characters who seem as real as any in the world around us. Even the Seers prove human in the end.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel to review for the author’s Enchanted Book promotions tour
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"This second in the New Dawn series is a complicated yet fascinating tale, told mainly in flashbacks, of a future where the only chance for survival is to leave Earth. The multiple story threads come together nicely, leaving the reader with a hopeful impression of the future." - Susan Mobley, RT Book Reviews