The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler
Format: ARC provided by Harper Collins Canada
Release date: March 5th
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys!! Its Saturday YES I can’t believe it I have been waiting for this for so long (well 5 days)! And today, I decided to tell you about a book I read during my Toronto trip: The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler, a sci-fi/thriller mix that will take you to another planet!
When Jo steps onto Tau Ceti E, it should be the happiest moment of her life. After all, she’s been training for as long as she can remember to be a cadet pilot in the International Space Agency. She’s dreamed of the day she and her family would leave Earth forever and begin life as pioneers on a new planet.
But now she can’t stop thinking of everything that has gone wrong on their mission: the terrible accident that nearly destroyed their craft, that set their voyage back years, that killed her brother, that left her unable to fly…
As Jo struggles to live with her grief and figure out who she’s going to be now, she falls in love with her new world. It isn’t hard. Jo’s team is camped out by a pristine, tumbling river at the base of a mountain range that looks like huge prisms buried in the prairie. The soring crystal peaks transform every sunset into rainbows full of colors human eyes have never seen before. And that’s just the beginning. Tau offers Jo and her family a lifetime of beauty and adventure.
Jo throws herself into helping her team, lead by her commander mother, establish their community on this amazing new world. But just when she starts to feel like her old self again, she uncovers a devastating secret her mother has been keeping from her people. A secret that could destroy her family’s pioneering dreams…if they survive that long.
With the fate of the pioneers in her hands, Jo must decide how far she’s willing to go to expose the truth — before the truth destroys them all.
Space: the final frontier
Let’s talk first about what I really loved about this book: the discovery of a new planet, the settlement of humans in this new world, because I guess a part of me dreams it could be possible and I could witness it (yup, keep dreaming girl!). It was great to follow Jo on her first steps on Tau Ceti e, discovering with her the species of this planet and its differences with Earth.. and then, what she is willing to do to save it! Because this planet is full of secrets, and maybe even dangers for the new human colony. The reports said it was safe for humans and ready to welcome them, but reality might be pretty different… and so enters the real sci-fi stuff. And by « real » I mean what I expect with sci-fi movies and classic books of the genre (not so much of a spoiler, I’m talking about aliens, even if in that case, they are the natural inhabitants and we are the aliens). How can a planet be shared? How can humans avoid repeating the same mistakes?
To be honest, I did not expect this book to take this « classic » sci-fi turn, I am not sure what I was expecting, maybe something a bit more Illuminae-ish, but I was a bit disappointed that this book, though with modern writing, came back to the old classic pattern of sci-fi pieces. I still enjoyed the story, don’t get me wrong, classic doesn’t mean bad… but I was still hoping for more!
If you go the scientist way, do it all the way
One of the fears I had when opening this book, unfortunately, was proven true… you know with presenting people exploring a new planet you have to think of everything: oxygen, food, animal and plant species, etc. Here, the author tried, really hard I think, to mention the elements above. Unfortunately, for me, she also forgot to mention a lot… including some important stuff. I’m gonna be spoilery there, so hover if you want to read: the plot is based on two or three main things, one of them being the danger of infecting some beings of the planet with an Earth bacteria that’s supposed to help terraforming, and hence, destroy the entire echo-system. Ok, I can imagine that. But then, what do you do of all the bacterias humans carry with them, in and out of their bodies? how do you know they will not interfere with living creatures of the planet?
Basically, if you bring humans to a planet, they will transform it, one way or another, just by being there, it is impossible to come and inhabit a planet and not alter it. So for me, you can’t on one side, tell that the goal of the humans there is not to change the planet and fight for it to stay so, while also being there is changing it no matter what, just by breathing on it. Know what I mean?
And now on the little things that still made me sigh…
Another thing that bothered me a little? How is it possible that a mission so well prepared for 10 years is blown out in the Prologue already? just that simply by a solar storm? I have a hard time believing that, even if yes it brought some drama to start with and some more interest to the main character. It was a bit far stretched…
Also, you go on a space mission, you are not sure you’ll ever come back… and you only bring two real pilots? (well actually one as the other is not supposed to fly?)… hum I don’t know who did the planning but I see w problem there…
Finally, how can you be on a planet with such evolved beings, insects and such and none of the humans there never fall on any animal? Evolution is certainly very different on Tau Ceti e but you can’t have just one or two species and be done with it. I really felt something was missing there…
In a few words
I had high hopes for this book, and enjoyed the space explorations part, the discovery of a new planet and its perks… but I thought that the book was really lacking on the « logical » and consistency level. What brought it up for me? The final plot twist!
See you for a cup!