I have to admit, I was somewhat hesitant to add The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler to my TBR initially. Of course, that initially that I’m talking about lasted long enough for me to read just the first half of the synopsis and then flipped almost instantly. I think the thing is that I’ve read so many books in which a character is dealing with the grief of a deceased family member, and brothers in particular, that I just wasn’t sure what would be new about the book and found myself leaning, just slightly, toward believing this book would just be too similar to things I’ve already read. But there are some differences to it and I think there’s some merit to giving this book a little more than a passing glance as I navigate the world of the written world in search of something new to read. The Pioneer could turn out to be an amazing novel and I am looking forward to seeing how everything comes to pass.
This book has a secret, you see, and that is what ultimately led to my decision to add it to my TBR. A devastated young girl serves as our main character, dealing with the death of her brother and the somewhat disaster that has become of her family’s expedition to pioneer a new planet. Her commander, who is also her mother, has been keeping something from the group of people under her command who have traveled to this place in order to colonize a new planet. And the truth of it is life threatening. I can’t really tell much more than that as I don’t have a lot of guesses for what might be going on within the bulk of this story, but I’m looking forward to finding out.
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.
And now, to you. Will you add this book to your TBR? Are you feeling hesitant for any reason? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. And happy reading, everyone!