Astraeus

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jan 2019

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Earth is on the brink of extinction. The only solution: find a new planet to inhabit before it’s too late. Dr. Sakota Thorell is one of the crew on Sleipnir and her mission is to find a planet equal to Earth somewhere in the galaxy. It’s been a year and so far, nothing but all that changes when she discovers an alien floating in space. She’s drawn to Astraeus and it’s more than scientific curiosity. A romance blooms but along with it comes danger. Can they find a home for humans or has the rescue of Astraeus signed their death warrant?

 

What a thrilling space adventure! While reading, I could hear whispers of Picard and Riker. The premise of Earth dying and a need to go out into space to save all of humanity is a timely one. The characters leapt off the page and for this space girl, I loved every minute of it. Yes, there’s romance but it doesn’t detract from the main plot. Plenty of action and suspense to please any science fiction reader. My favorite scenes were with Astraeus, for obvious reasons. Who doesn’t love a smart, intelligent, sexy alien?

 

If you’re looking for a space dystopian adventure, pick up Astraeus today!

 

My Rating: 5 stars
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A very good SF with a touch of romance!

The idea is good and the writing flows smoothly.

I liked how Astraeus was described. Not his physical description (even if that's not bad at all! LOL), but his ability to survive in space, to read and influence minds! How cool it would be if we could do that!?!!!

The heroine was interesting too and the chain of command aboard of the human starship was very well described! It seemed so real!

I didn't like how her authority was undermined by the captain and the chief security officer, but, at the same time, I think that's exactly how things would roll if this was real life! 

The action part, when the hostile aliens attack, was a whirlwind of almost suicidal actions that cost almost everyone's life! But that too would be like that in real life.

There was only one thing that I couldn't accept: how could she speak for Earth and the human race when she couldn't force her ways with the crew? But, I suppose, if the author decides to write a sequel would be explained there! I know that I would like to read it!
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Sakota is a doctor on the space ship Sleipnir, on a mission to find a habitable planet for humanity to move to because Earth can no longer sustain human life. But while Sakota's scientist friends believe their priority is to do scientific research and learn, the military regiment on board is convinced they have to treat anything alien with extreme prejudice because it might be a potential threat.
After a mysterious alien is found floating outside, wounded, Sakota has to do everything in her power to stop her shipmates from torturing or killing her patient.
But Astraeus is not the only alien out there...

Astraeus is a dystopian science fiction novel.
The premise was fun, and the book is fast paced and full of action. The prose is simple, easy to read. Though at one point the main character uses the word 'indigenous' to mean primitive and uncivilised, which I felt was problematic.
I loved Sakota's interactions with Astraeus and her colleagues, and the romance was well done, but the military crew were such a bunch of brainless, aggressive misogynists! No wonder humanity destroyed the planet if even this crew of 'the best of the best' is constantly fighting among themselves. In contrast, Astraeus seemed more human than any of them.

A depressing look into a future where we don't get our stuff together in time to avert global disaster. I think the message of this book is clear: We should all treat each other with a little more humaneness.
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One Exciting Ride!

From the first page, this riveting book pulled me in. It's an original, fresh story about Dr. Sakota Thorell, who's a part of a mission to find a habitable planet, as Earth is dying due to pollution and global warming. Sakota finds a man (an alien) in space who they call Astraeus, and as Sakota works through the mystery of his origins and the threat of him being hunted, an intense romance surfaces between them. While romance is a catalyst with the mystery, it's primarily an action/adventure sci-fi novel, suitable for both teens and adults with minimal swearing and a clean writing. Astraeus could also be considered  in the Young Adult category. The story's well written and packed with suspense, intrigue, and believable world-building. There's also a subliminal commentary on pollution in the book which I found poignant and in line with today's society. There was a lot of subtext I enjoyed, but the book doesn't bash you over the head with it. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Check it out & let it haul you along for the ride. Loved the ending.
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