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Amber Houston was born light-years away from Earth aboard the enormous colony starship Dandelion.

By the age of 14, she has spent her entire life training as a Ranger, ready for the day when she will be among the first humans ever to set foot on an alien world and build a new civilization.

When Dandelion suffers an emergency toward the end of its journey, Amber and her fellow young rangers are evacuated and land on the planet Newhome years ahead of schedule. While the adults left behind on Dandelion slow the ship and turn it around to come back - in eight years - Amber and her friends must build lives for themselves amid revelations that will change humankind's destiny forever.

Meanwhile, aboard the ship, secrets that were buried over three hundred years ago finally come to light....

©2020 Philip R. Johnson & Justin C. Louis (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Solid old-school science fiction

This strongly hearkens back to the days of juvenile science fiction from Heinlein and contemporaries. A group of teenage "rangers"--on an interstellar journey but being trained in planetary survival--are suddenly thrust into peril on an alien world, where they will discover they have strengths they never considered. Pretty much on the nose for the genre right there.

That having been said, the prose was relatively flat, and the few focus characters were so strongly archetyped that they lacked any room to surprise. And putting our heroes into a mess but *with* thousands of years of advanced technology and customized genetics prevented any real concern for their predicament, ever. Heinlein would've had them lose everything but a belt knife and revert to Lord of the Flies; here, they stop a battle with a flare gun, slice a sword in half with a nanoblade, and shake off deadly poisons with just a tingle. So, it's a little dry--but a solid effort overall.

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Loved it

Having read his Deathworlders serial for years I was very excited to listen to his first novel. It was different yet the same. Amazing character development that leaves you wanting more.

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Just get it.

If you liked the Bobiverse books then you will most likely enjoy this book. I look forward to future books in the series.

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Could not get past the heavy British accent

I tried, but for the first time I could not engage in the story because of the narrator's heavy British accent. The story was not compelling enough to overcome the narrator for me.

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Not a bad or good book.

Maybe I am to old for this book, there was simply such little tension that it almost felt like an average day for the cast.
The story is structured and written well. There are few is no swear words and the story is better for it. The world building and exposition is done in a great way that doesn’t feel like a massive information dump.
But there is simply not enough tension, nothing really bad or good happens. And the finally just kinda felt flat and forced..
there is just no action, no characters really disagree or opposed each other. Even the bad guy in the story is agreeable, anytime it feels like there could be an issue it is resolved either in that chapter or the next.

The book was not bad but it’s not a book a would recommend. Maybe I could recommend it to a child of 8-12 which is strange because the MC is 19

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Can't wait for book 2!

It's not the Deathworlders (would love to get an audible copy of that!) but it's excellent nonetheless. So much more story to tell with an interesting universe. Ican't wait for book 2!

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Slow start but keep going!

This audiobook starts out fairly slow and juvenal, but stay with it ... it will start speeding up as the back-story fills in the intellectual gaps! I look forward to the next book!

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A solid beginning

The narration was a little off for me at first but got better as the story progressed.
The story itself is slow but not to slow. The author does a solid job of giving enough information at rate that maintains interest. I wouldn't call the plot or story itself innovative, but it's solid in it's genre

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Pretty Good

I thought this book was pretty good, though not as good as the author’s Deathworlders series. Stakes and tension tended to be low, but the concept is fun and seeing as this is the first book in the series and seems to mostly be setup, I can excuse that. Writing quality is great and the narration is good, though I would have preferred it be narrated by Zren who has been reading the Deathworlders series on YouTube. Solid book, and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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Amazing story

This book is full of well rounded characters and amazing story telling. I fully recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi

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Sci-Fi at it's best

Not only plausible and thoroughly considered, through both the setting and vibrant personalities of its characters, Dandelion presents and plays with the ideas sitting at the limit of human potential.
Simply gotta love it.

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  • 07-25-21

A good start, waiting for more

A good start to a series! Excellent performance. Although a bit slow at times, it none the less kept me engaged all the way through!

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  • 06-26-21

You’ve got to listen to this

Fantastic audio drama

Can highly recommend with very good plot twists and turns. Very well written and performed