I received this book for free from JeanBookNerd Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Terraformer by Colleen Houck
Published by Colleen Houck on May 12, 2020
Genres: YA Science Fiction
Source: JeanBookNerd Tours
A new dystopian sci-fi YA series from the New York Timesbestselling author Colleen Houck
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NOTE: NO RESCUE ATTEMPTS WILL BE MADE
In the future, a terraforming ship lands on a perfectly green planet.
Two perfect young men, one a budding colony leader, the other an engineer, compete for the affection of one perfect young woman training as a botanist.
The only problem?
She’s not perfect.
Astra has a secret.
A big one.
And someone or some thing just maybe trying to kill her for it
Deadly toxins can be hidden inside the most beautiful flowers.
That’s what Astra Meador’s famous biophysicist mother taught her.
As her mother’s apprentice, Astra has developed skills in botany, chemistry, medicine, and, most importantly, in keeping secrets.
In fact keeping Astra’s secret was the reason her family decided to leave the Earth and join a terraforming mission to colonize a distant planet called Crillain IV. But when Astra wakes early from hypersleep, she discovers that her mother never made it onboard, her father died in transit and his body has been ejected from the ship, and she suspects that she’s not the only one awake.
When the ship finally lands and she’s reunited with her brother, Nash, Astra hopes to settle into a new life, especially when she meets the charming young engineer, Jax, and is recruited by the mission commander to train alongside his handsome son to be a future leader of the small colony.
Then Astra learns that she’s not the only one with a dark secret.
As both young men contend for her affection, Astra searches for answers, trying to determine who to trust. But with theft and murder occurring in the colony along with the sudden disappearance of her beloved brother, Astra can’t listen to the whisperings of her heart, especially when someone or something else on the planet is whispering to her mind even louder.
Praise for TERRAFORMER
“I was rooting for Astra and entranced by the seamlessly crafted world of TERRAFORMER! Colleen Houck gives you a chilling glimpse into what can happen when technology and nature collide.” —Kimberly Derting, author of award-winning young adult novels The Body Finder, The Pledge, and The Taking
“A richly imaginative page-turner!” —Melissa Landers, bestselling author of Blastaway, the Alienated trilogy and the Starlight duology
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As I’ve come to expect from this author, I was immediately dropped into a beautifully vivid story that I could see all of the beautiful scenery and not so beautiful events just come alive off the page as I read. The cover gives you a perfect idea of how this planet the ship lands on must look. You might think it is a fantasy story, but no, this is science fiction. From the space travel, to looking at how we had polluted the Earth and our own human weaknesses coming about, it hit very close to how many people feel about the world these days.
There was a lot intrigue and mystery to keep you turning pages along with the creative science fiction aspects of the story. While this might be a YA series with the main characters being around 17 or 18, it had so many twists and turns and deeply hidden trails it was comparable to many adult science fiction novels I’ve read in the past.
Personally I’ve always been not the biggest fan of plants. I mean I have a total black thumb myself, can’t get them to grow when I try or keep them alive either. And then I’ve always been a bit creeped out by things they can do without what we would think of as a “brain”. Then the author threw in a part with flowers that could echo or speak, and that reminded me of the plants in The Ruins by Scott Smith, a favorite book of mine, but also one that is very creepy!
The creatures that developed on the planet as well as its history or background in all life in the universe was so incredible to think about that I just ended up enjoying it all and taking time to stop as I was reading just to try to picture in my head what the author had described.
I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by this author, and I intend to read more and even go back and finish up the ones I have not read yet.
About the Author:
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New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
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