Date published: February 16, 2016
Where the book can be found: Amazon
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
When you’re 200 trillion miles from home . . .
With mankind on the brink of economic collapse, a population growing at an unmanageable rate and a limited supply of natural resources, there is only one place we can look to for our future . . . the stars. A deep space mining tug is sent to a planet codenamed New Dawn to begin a mission to relocate humanity.
. . . the only person you can trust . . . is you
The mission falls into chaos when a crewmember dies unexpectedly. Geologist Jake Brooks must keep his wits about him to uncover what really happened—but are the confines of the ship clouding his judgment? Is there really a sinister motive behind the death—and the mission—or is he letting his mind get the better of him? What really awaits him on New Dawn? He must push on to reveal the truth, no matter who or what stands in his way . . .
Please note: New Dawn is not a hard sci-fi novel.
Before I start my review, I am going to let you guys know that I am switching up my review style again. The list 3 things I liked/disliked will be in here but I will be writing the review instead of putting up the 3 things. My style of reviewing is always evolving…lol.
Now saying that here is the review:
I loved the storyline. I mean, you got a crew on a deep space mining ship that is going to survey a planet that could be habitable and be a new Earth. Then the unthinkable happens and a crew member is murdered. Who do you trust and better yet, who do you believe?
I got into this book. I mean, you couldn’t help but like and sympathize with Jake when all hell breaks out on the ship after the first death. I mean, you are on this tiny vessel with crewmates and someone could be a killer. And when the body count goes up to 3, the tension came through the book. I did feel bad for Jake because the team was torn apart and mentally, it was tough on him.
I wasn’t too keen on the almost-love story. To be honest, that part could have been left out. I could have done without reading about Jake’s attraction to a certain Dr.
The relationships between the different characters were tangible. You couldn’t help but root for them all (even the bad guys, as weird as that sounds).
The ending was great and on spot for this book. There was a twist that I kinda saw coming. Enough hints were dropped but it took me by surprise.
3 Things I liked about New Dawn:
- The storyline
- The ending
3 Things that I disliked about New Dawn:
- The almost love story between Jake and the ship’s Dr
- Sadie’s death
How many stars will I give New Dawn: 4
Why? It was a very well written book with characters that you couldn’t help but start to care for. Written in journal style, it might not be for some people (I loved it). It did lag a tiny bit in the middle but the author did a great job of getting the momentum back up.
Will I reread it? Yes
Will I recommend it to family and friends? Yes
Age range: Teen on up
Why? It is a relatively clean book. No kissing and minimal violence. There is a section, though, where Jake pops pills to keep awake while drilling.