Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons The moment Lieutenant Alison Ash steps aboard the Persephone she knows her life will never be the same She will never again watch the sun rise over the asteroid belt never again see Earth from a han

  • Title: Unknown Horizons
  • Author: C.J. Birch
  • ISBN: 9781626399389
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • The moment Lieutenant Alison Ash steps aboard the Persephone, she knows her life will never be the same She will never again watch the sun rise over the asteroid belt, never again see Earth from a handheld telescope, and never again see her family.In less than three weeks, the ship will dock at the Posterus and begin the most important journey humankind has ever undertakeThe moment Lieutenant Alison Ash steps aboard the Persephone, she knows her life will never be the same She will never again watch the sun rise over the asteroid belt, never again see Earth from a handheld telescope, and never again see her family.In less than three weeks, the ship will dock at the Posterus and begin the most important journey humankind has ever undertaken More important than discovering fire, creating language, or even abandoning Earth to live confined in biospheres among the asteroid belt over 100 years ago.What Ash doesn t expect is that by keeping her recent memory loss a secret she is jeopardizing not only the Persephone s mission but humankind s launch of the first ever generational ship Nor does she anticipate her attraction to Captain Jordan Kellow, but both will change her life forever.Words 52,000Cover Artist W.E PercivalEditor Katia NoyesGenre Speculative Fiction

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    About "C.J. Birch"

    1. C.J. Birch

      CJ Birch is an author, photographer and digital artist based in Toronto She holds a number of degrees, certificates and diplomas, all of which have nothing to do with her day job When not writing or devouring books, CJ works as a video editor, which is a great excuse for getting paid to watch movies all day.Librarian note Multiple authors with the same name in the GR database.

    384 thoughts on “Unknown Horizons”

    1. 2 1/2 Stars. Have you ever finished a book and thought "what the hell did I just read?" It has only happened to me once or twice, but it absolutely happened after reading this book. I'm struggling to process what I just read, how to review it, and even how to rate it.I love lesfic sci-fi, and will happily read any new books in that category that come out. I was really looking forward to this. I'm just so torn. I thought the setting and world building really worked. The book is very fast paced, a [...]


    2. Wellat was one fast read. Couldn't tear myself away from the book, not even to post updates here. :) A page-turner indeed. That said, I did find the book too short (50k+ words only), the world-building inadequate, the lead character not very smart (acts too YA--impulsive and not thinking things through), and it ends on a (view spoiler)[dang cliffhanger! :((hide spoiler)] As for the romancewhat romance? There is so much going on, this book needed to be 20% longer to tackle the romance properly, a [...]


    3. Have you ever read a book that left you thinking wtf? Well this one did to me. There is no explanation to why what or where. You jump straight in. Now that can be a good thing admittedly getting straight to the story but I needed just a little more information.Now, I liked what I read but I'm still feeling a little dazed. Let me see if I get this right. Earth is no longer populated due to it being unable to support human life. They now live amongst the stars. Ash the first officer was held hosta [...]


    4. Ash is the new first officer of a generation ship about to set off into space, for a century long trip to a new home that she herself will never see. She has memory gaps from a previous event. Concealing those gaps makes life difficult at first and then quickly leads to the main storyline.I am not quite sure what to make of this book. Told in first person, present tense. That took some getting used to. The writing is a little uneven and could have done with more editing. Some details are glanced [...]


    5. *ARC provided by Netgalley and the Publisher for an honest review*I absolutely enjoyed this storyline and couldn't put the book down which means that I sat up all night until I finished it. The premise of this book was unique and interesting and there was so much more potential for it but then I got I the endAnd that is exactly what happened. I feel like this is a book which could have just been about the sci-fi plot without the romance but their was a relationship in it so I think the author sh [...]


    6. What. Is this the first book of a series or is this just a really crappy way to end the book?????? I can't really tell! This was an okay read. It was very short and fast-paced so you could read this super fast which was cool. The story had an interesting premise and was quite good, it could have used a bit more world building in my opinion.There was a f/f romance which could have been really good, however, I didn't really connect with the characters and I REALLY didn't understand how the romance [...]


    7. I don't know what it is, but there's something comforting about cruising through space wrapped in the certainty that you're sometimes only inches from the utter stillness of space* * * 3 / 5 Unknown Horizons absolutely nails some good sci-fi staples: an officer aboard a starship, a mission to help save humanity, a sort-of savage mech race, some religious aspects, and a nice romance. Lieutenant Alison "Ali" Ash has memory loss, a fact she conceal from Captain Jordan Kellow when she boards her ves [...]


    8. This was a very quick read. Firstly, because the book isn’t too long (I’m not complaining) and secondly, I couldn’t put it down. From the first chapter the author throws you into this fast-paced story that doesn’t feel rushed.Although I appreciate a short story, I think an extra 100 pages on this one wouldn’t have hurt. By the time it ended I really wanted more. I hope this is just the first part of a series, at least it felt that way. But it doesn’t say it’s a first part of a seri [...]


    9. this book falls in the awkward gray area between novel and novella, and whereas some books can make that work, i'd have vastly preferred a few more thousand words to bring this firmly in the novel category. the seed for a good story was there, but it was limited in its growth by the short amount of words. there was little worldbuilding, which is pretty crucial for the space opera genre, and none of the storylines were really pursued to their full potential. the romance, for example, was not all [...]


    10. IN 2 PICTURES:   (a bit of a spoiler, you've been warned!)(view spoiler)[  + (hide spoiler)]IN SHORT: a quick read with girl sighing, 1 or 2 (view spoiler)[adult scenes (hide spoiler)], a spaceship, some danger, and an unusual ending. ********************DETAILS:   (view spoiler)[POSITIVES:++ If this is C.J. Birch's first novel, it is far better than many such animals. With some fleshing out, this could become a really good book/series. I'd say Birch is an author to watch. A second act or bo [...]


    11. I enjoyed reading the book and will keep an eye out for hopefully, the sequel to this book. The story was quite engaging and the action was not lacking. Characterization was a little uneven at points but it did not drag the story down at all. The tension between both characters and the love scenes were done well.


    12. Couldn't even finish this book. The plot was all over the place . I tried to give it a chance but it just got worst as it went on and on


    13. Good points: The basic through-line of the plot and the grammar. Birch thanked her editor, because she did not know about the proper uses of commas.Bad points: Everything else. This is probably one of the worst books I have read in years. The author is good at telling, but horrible at showing action. The main characters are absolutely unbelievable. Birch shows she has never read a proper space opera or knows anything about how the military operates The first give away was the fact that Lieutenan [...]


    14. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I really did not like this.The book is poorly written and the characters were more like children than adults.The only good thing was it is fairly short.Just not for me.



    15. “Unknown Horizons” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by C. J. Birch. This is Birch’s first novel. I received an ARC of this novel through netgalley in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in the future as humanity is about to launch its first colony ship to the stars. The primary character is Lieutenant Alison Ash. Ash is newly assigned to the Perseph [...]


    16. The Persephone is undertaking a journey like none before, a 100 year mission through space. Unknown Horizons follows the story of Lieutenant Alison Ash aboard the Persephone. But life for Lt. Ash is thrown upside down when a event from her past threatens to destroy her present and future.This was a weird one of me. While I had trouble putting it down because of wanting to know what happened, I had trouble with the characters, especially Ash, and some of the events gave me whiplash from their abr [...]


    17. It took me a little while to get around to reading this book and checking a couple of reviews beforehand gave me some nervous jitters about how much I would enjoy it. Those concerns quickly dissipated though as I quickly became immersed and really enjoyed the characters and the environment.The attraction between Ash and Jordan is a little surprising and quickly reached an understandable passion. The feelings between the characters complimented rather than overshadowed the rest of the story, whic [...]


    18. I received an ARC free from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.I love the storyline, the plot was good, hated the fact that it was a cliffhanger. And what a cliffhanger. What I really didn't like is the romance. Captains do get involved with their first officers. It was even stated in the story that it is a court-martial offence. And it happened to quickly. If this is a series, and I hope it is, because I have to know what happened next, then it could have been stretched out. So ot [...]


    19. I received this book for free through Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.This short read is decent, with your typical space fantasy drama novel elements and a base idea that perhaps is not the most original. Still, I found it a relatively enjoyable read, although I did have a hard time relating with the characters, and perhaps the length or writing style attributed to this confusion/rushed-feeling I had. Still, a pretty okay read.


    20. This book was kindly provided to me for honest review by the Publisher via Netgalley. This has not impacted on the content of this review, which it my own honest opinion.I went into Unknown Horizons feeling hopeful. From the synopsis, I knew that there were two aspects to this book that I typically enjoy and want to read more of. Firstly space travel, I love books about traveling through space, it’s one of my favourite elements of science fiction. Secondly, a romance between two women, somethi [...]


    21. Note: Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for honest review.First-time author CJ Birch has crafted a fascinating world in Unknown Horizons, full of secrets, intrigue, and thrills. In this world, Earth is a distant memory for some, and just a dream for others. Lieutenant Alison Ash, who as a child dreamed of living on Earth, has been assigned Executive Officer aboard the first generational ship of the Union Fleet. Years in the making, the Posterus will lead some of the human race to a new, [...]


    22. Gnah! What the hell was that? I don’t like to start with the ending but in this case I can’t help it. Unknown Horizons was so damn good. Space, asteroids, genetically and technically enhanced soldiers, a generation ship and an uninhabitable earth. A really interesting space adventure with an enigmatic worldbuilding and then THIS F *** ING ENDING??? - There, I'm so stunned I have to use multiple punctuation marks - so serious a situation!I don’t even know where I should start to sort my tho [...]


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