Welcome to my tour stop for The Burned Bridges Protocol by Abigail Borders. This is a YA science fiction published by Giant Squid Books.
The tour runs March 2nd-13th with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
About the Book:The Burned Bridges Protocol
by Abigail Borders
Young adult, science fiction, dystopian
Seven hundred years ago, disaster forced humanity to abandon Earth. Life on the colony ship New Edinburgh is all sixteen-year-old Lilliane, the best programmer in her year at the Institute, has ever known. A week ago, Lilliane woke up in a life-pod. Its destination? Earth itself. Because it's time to rebuild. It's up to Lilliane and the four other survivors of the New Edinburgh to reclaim humanity's ancestral home. Today, the life pod arrived at Lady Diana--the lunar holding station that was once the luxury holiday destination for Earth’s super-rich. It’s supposed to be a good place. A safe place. Not anymore. Today, Lady Di is a battlefield. Because while Lilliane and her friends thought they they were the only humans left, somebody else got to Lady Di first. And he will stop at nothing to keep Lilliane from ever getting to Earth.
I received this book from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating of the book.
The Burned Bridges Protocol was a interesting mix of science fiction, dystopian societies, and psychology. It explored so many different ideas, but everything was executed perfectly in the mere 200 pages. This was just a novella, but I would love if it was expanded into its own series (which I REALLY hope happens *hint hint*).
The New Edinburgh colony is stranded in space with a mission-- regain Earth. No one has set foot on the planet for hundreds of years, and it is up to Lilliane, Tomain, Cleo, and Becca to undo the mistakes of their ancestor and reclaim their home planet. But, as they approach their final pit stop before Earth, it becomes clear that someone does not want them achieving this goal. Together, they must fight selfishness, greed, and sassy computers to go home.
The characters were complex and the multiple perspectives, while hard to keep up with, portrayed every character in a unique way. Everyone (even the computer) had their own unique voice and role in the story. No one was left behind.
I loved the relationship between Lillane and Tomain. They have the playful humor of twins, but you could also tell that they really loved each other. They had their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, they stayed true to each other.
The relationships between the rest of the crew of the ship were also entertaining.
I also loved the subtle romance in the book. I mean, you really had to look for it sometimes, but it was still sweet and touching (and heartbreaking). Personally, I think that romance should not be the main focus in science fiction or dystopian novels, so this was perfect for me.
The plot was quick and suspenseful and full of action. A lot of events happen in this book, but nothing felt rushed or glanced over, which is hard to achieve for such a short book.
This was a quick read, but it will leave me thinking for a long time. The emotion, action, and suspense packed into this short novel is enough to keep me happy for a while.
I would recommend this book to fans of Across the Universe by Beth Revis, science fiction fans and any dystopian fans.
I give The Burned Bridges Protocol by Abigail Borders five stars.
About the Author:
Abigail is fluent in three languages, grew up in Asia, studied History in the UK, and now calls sunny Southern California her home. When not working with flowers (and daydreaming about what a ranunculus flower fairy looks like) she sings about Winnie the Pooh while baking treats like pineapple tarts and sand dollar cookies for her son, El Kiddo. She has an-going love/hate relationship with all things chocolate, although coffee will always remain her first love. She also holds graduate degrees in International Management and Special Education.
The Burned Bridges Protocol is Abigail’s first novella. Her first novel, Cyrion, is scheduled to be released by MuseItUp Publishing in spring 2015.
Five (5) digital copies of The Burned Bridges Protocol (INT) & a signed paperback copy (US)
Ends March 18th
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.