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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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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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Narration done in a interesting accent

I loved the story but the narration accent made it seem out of place.

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Unexpectedly boring.

Im not sure how someone could take a space exploration/new planet colonization/first contact story and make it boring...but this book managed. Somewhere between everybody being superhuman and every situation being completely under control and planned out (even the "emergency launches" weren't an emergency) and the characters having every single need provided for, all the fun went away.
It also doesn't help that this story has the feel of a story being taught by a professor instead of being told by someone living it. As a reader, I would always prefer to be SHOWN how a character feels, versus just being told "hey, this person is feeling sad". This book takes this a step further by telling you EXACTLY how every single character is feeling, what they are thinking, and what their motivations are.
All of this is complicated by the fact that the "main character" is a 14 yr old girl but the narrator is a middle-aged male who just "reads" the story without even trying to get into character. Its also hampered by the fact that the story fluctuates wildly between a coming of age type story about children and a military and technical lesson on human motivation.
Its too bad, because this kind of storyline is exactly what I wanted, but it is ruined by the storytelling. All in all there was no way as a reader to be invested.

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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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Good Start to a New Series

I really liked the concept and plot. I think this has the potential to be a great series. This first book leaned towards young adult in the writing style (not that there is anything wrong with that) but there are some underlying concepts that pull it towards mature science fiction.

I was a bit surprised by the choice of a male narrator as the central character is female but I think he did a really good job with his cadence and accents. There are several view points from a male perspective and he did those really well.

This has the potential to be a fascinating universe and I'm eager to see where they take it. Overall very enjoyable.