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Dome 17 is the only safe place left on a dead Earth. Life in Dome 17 takes a dramatic turn after some adventurers return from evaluating other domes. The struggling remnant of humanity cannot remain safe in the dome much longer. The question is where to go and how to get there? Can the lost colony ship program provide a possible refuge? Seven vast colony ships were launched 100 years ago, but can one of them be located? Will it offer a chance to survive?
Cammarry and Jerome are faced with going on a mission using unproven technology. Will the faster-than-light ship work? It can only carry two people, so how will the other 1,500 survivors find safety? Will they reach one of those enigmatic, old, and mysterious colony ships? Will they be able to set up the new teleportation system to bring everyone from Dome 17 to that ship? Will technology work or fail?
What will these brave adventurers and Sandie, their new artificial intelligence system, find on their quest for the Conestoga?
Book one of the Colony Ship Conestoga series.
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4 out of 5 stars
By trixie on 12-23-17


An interesting sci-fi book is quite interesting but I I didn't really like some of main characters. If you're into sci-fi books you'll find this book quite absorbing most of the time. All in all it was a good audiobook to listen.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Soopy on 01-07-18

Good Science Fiction for the Young Reader

This is my first book in this Science Fiction series created by John Thornton. The books prior to this one fill you in on more of the story that provide you with a better understanding of the backstory.

I enjoyed the premise of the book and it tackles some scenarios that kept my interest. Some characters were definitely more interesting and further developed than others, but the ones that were more developed I found engaging. I'm not sure if the prior books developed these characters further, but a little more time with them would have gone a long way.

Even though I enjoyed the story line, the writing is more geared toward the younger audience. I still found it enjoyable and it was easy to understand what was going on during the progression of the story. It made it a book that I could easily multitask while listening to without getting lost or having to constantly rewind 30 seconds.

I thought Erin Macdonald did a decent job as a narrator. There were spots that could have used a little cleanup between sentence breaks, and her voice range between characters could have been a bit better to help differentiate between characters. Overall, I found her narrating did the story justice.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 01-24-18

Cubie blue knows what to do.

The first in a new quest to save the last remnants of humanity on Earth in John Thornton's Colony Ship universe. This time the story follows Jerome, Cammarry and their AI, Sandie, as their scout ship heads for the old Colony Ship, Conestoga. The last message received at Dome 17 seemed to indicate that it had located a possibly habitable planet. With the life expectancy of Dome 17 now estimated at only 100+ days, if a teleportation platform could be built on the planet, or even in the old Colony Ship, the last of Earth's survivors could escape their deadly planet. But first the Conestoga had to be found.

The initial section of the book is again dedicated to the days in Dome 17 leading up to the hasty despatch of light speed scout ships, each with just two brave travellers, in search of the ancient Colony Ships sent out over an hundred years before to look for a new life for it's human cargo. The happenings in Dome 17 are again reprised, but this time from the point of view of Cammarry and Jerome, giving the reader a new insight into what actually was happening there - a fascinating addition to the series as a whole.

Erin Macdonald's narration, with good articulation, fast paced reading and distinctive character voices, is sadly marred by the dreadfully unpleasant rendering of the AI, Sandie. So little-girlie grating, it made the computer sound imbecilic and made it very difficult for this listener to continue. A great pity as, without this, both story and narration were good.

This is a fun series which becomes addictive. I am glad to see that a different narrator reads book 2 of the Conestoga series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 01-08-18

Interesting sci-fi looking for a new home.

An interesting sci-fi story set in a bleak further near lifeless earth. The story focus on the main characters life in that world and then their attempt to find a better one.

The story is well written and well paced. The characters are relatable but have been clearly hardened and learnt self discipline living in such a hash world. This seems to leave them to just get on with things when bad things happen being far less emotional than people form today. This may make the characters less engaging to some listeners.

The narration is good, easy to listen to and each character is granted a unique voice. The recording quality is fine and the only errors I noticed were a few lines that were repeated.

All in all an interesting listen and I want to know what happens next.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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