Caretaker

Caretaker Fifty years in space alone Ethan Bryant was supposed to fall asleep on a ship leaving Earth and wake up fifty years later with his family on the planet Minea Instead after the ship s caretaker the lo

  • Title: Caretaker
  • Author: Josi Russell
  • ISBN: 9780989125383
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fifty years in space alone.Ethan Bryant was supposed to fall asleep on a ship leaving Earth and wake up fifty years later with his family on the planet Minea Instead, after the ship s caretaker the lone human in charge of monitoring the ship s vital systems suddenly died, the ship s computer locked Ethan out of his stasis chamber and gave him the job That was five yearsFifty years in space alone.Ethan Bryant was supposed to fall asleep on a ship leaving Earth and wake up fifty years later with his family on the planet Minea Instead, after the ship s caretaker the lone human in charge of monitoring the ship s vital systems suddenly died, the ship s computer locked Ethan out of his stasis chamber and gave him the job That was five years ago Five years of checking to make sure everything runs smoothly on a ship Ethan knows almost nothing about.Who wouldn t dread the years ahead Who wouldn t long for their once bright future now stolen away Ethan is resigned to his fate, until the ship suddenly wakes up another passenger a beautiful engineer who, along with Ethan, soon discovers a horrible secret a navigation room hidden from even the ship s computer The ship is not bound for Minea but to somewhere far dangerous With the ship nearing its sinister destination, Ethan soon learns he is the only one who holds the key to saving all 4,000 passengers from a highly advanced, hostile alien race.

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  • Josi Russell

    Josi Russell s science fiction novels explore familiar human relationships in unfamiliar contexts She currently teaches creative writing and fiction courses as an Associate Professor of English for Utah State University Eastern She lives in the alien landscape of the high desert American Southwest with her family and a giant tortoise named Caesar Josi is captivated by the fields of linguistics, mathematics, and medicine, by the vast unknown beyond our atmosphere, and by the whole adventure of being human.

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  • Note to author: Please don't write any more "space" or science fiction books without extensive research or further education (past primary/high school level). Stick to romance novels or try your hand at chick lit. This is what this book basically was.I read a lot of sci-fi and have read basically everything that came out after Lensman. Read a lot of "light" military sci-fi as well as epic tomes of hard sci-fi, so I don't mind any sub-genre and will review each book based on its own merits.I came [...]


  • 3.5/5 stars!Was provided a copy from the publisher for an honest review.Summary:As a ship is being prepared for a 53 year journey through space, people are being put in their pods. As the last man is about to be put in stasis, the caretaker dies leaving him to fill the roll. A man who has no prior experience now has the weight of 4,0000 lives on his shoulders. But 5 years into the journey something starts going very wrong.Dislikes:I never really connected to any of the characters. And there were [...]


  • All in all, 3/5 because it could've been great, but wasn't.5/5 because there was a character named Lasanya and goddamn you're dumb if you don't want interstellar pasta-beings helping the protagonist succeed.Okay, seriously. I got this book for free by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review, which is exactly what this is.The accurate word to describe this is "Okay". The romantic tension between Kaia and Ethan was pretty boring, and the first 40% of the book, approximately, is nothing bu [...]


  • I know the old adage says not to judge a book by it's cover but this was one cover that caught my eye and my curiosity. To have a book titled "Caretaker" with such a sci-fi theme should give you a hint right off that this is no ordinary book. It follows the story of Ethan Bryant, a man who was thrust into the position of "Caretaker" of 4000 people being held in stasis. A position he did not want nor expect. Josi Russell does very well painting a picture of loneliness, longing, duty and the compl [...]


  • 2.5 stars, rounded up for debut status. This romantic space opera is soft science-fiction, told in 3rd person from the perspective of the hero, the "caretaker" himself, Ethan Bryant. I appreciated the fact that the author didn't split the perspective among multiple characters, no did she scene hop like a jitterbug (two writing ploys I dislike). Neither did the main character spend too much time in his thoughts, which can really bog down a book. For a debut novel, the writing isn't bad. Not great [...]


  • * I received a copy of Caretaker from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.Imagine yourself being a caretaker. Now let’s add another level to this; imagine being a caretaker who is watching 4000 people being held in stasis. That doesn’t seem hard right? Oh—don’t forget, you’re alone. Well, you’re alone for a couple years until—one wakes up. Throw in some drama, crazy alien situations, and romance—you got yourself one badass sci-fi YA. It starts off by follow [...]


  • Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to reviewI'm technically giving "Caretaker" a 2.75. I can do that, right?(Some general/semi-spoiler-y plot points below)The premise of the book is pretty interesting - one man is designated Caretaker of all of the humans traveling to colonize a new planet. However, when Ethan mistakenly becomes Caretaker, he realizes he's in over his head. Not only is he not trained for this position, he's met with a stowaway and a hostile alien race [...]


  • **I was given this ebook free in exchange for an unbiased review**This book had it all! Aliens, space travel, fight scenes, romance (2 romances actually) was jam packed! With all of the new space travel movies out there right now, this book adds to that and makes me think it would make a great movie itself!The details of the stasis ship and the idea of populating a new planet were intriguing. The new language the author made up reminded me of a drawing with a Spirographry creative!I felt the rom [...]


  • *Contains some spoilers*This story is about Ethan Bryant who was supposed to be in stasis on a ship leaving Earth and wake up 50 years later with his family on the planet Minea. However, after the ship’s caretaker—the lone human in charge of monitoring the ship’s vital systems—had a sudden accident and died, the ship’s computer automatically made Ethan the new caretaker and locked him out of his stasis chamber. Now he has to make sure everything runs smoothly on a ship he knows almost [...]


  • I won this as a giveaway.I'm a pretty big fan of sci-fi and the concept for this book was pretty unique and quite promising. Essentially, a xenolinguist and his family are on their way in a passenger ship to participate in the colonization of a new world. As Ethan is getting ready to go into stasis, the Caretaker of the ship dies and the ship's computer decides that Ethan will be the new one and essentially sentences him to 50 years of isolation on the ship surrounded by thousands of people in [...]


  • Ethan was the Caretaker that was never meant to be.After the ship's assigned caretaker dies suddenly, the ship's computer assigns the only human who is not asleep the position. Ethan was the last passenger scheduled for stasis after seeing his pregnant wife safely to her slumber, and so the role of caretaker fell to him.What he had thought would be just a quick nap until he and his wife reached the new planet, he was now facing 50 years of solitude, during which he would age and his wife and the [...]


  • I enjoyed the first part of the book as it presented interesting questions about space travel and the sacrifices needed by humans who want to colonize the far reaches of the universe (or other universes). The story shifted in a way that did not appeal to my science-fiction interests, as the story took a "magic-science" turn that forced the plot along in an unquestioning manner; it could easily have been interpreted as a fantasy novel with a few word changes. By the end, the "magic" subsided, yet [...]


  • This was certainly an interesting read! The premise was intriguing and the characters were certainly interesting!We are introduced to Ethan, alone on a ship with four thousand people, tasked with watching over them on their 50-year journey to their new home. And then, SURPRISE! Someone joins him.Watching Ethan rediscover how to interact with another human being was likely my favorite part of this book. There were a couple of moments when I really questioned his actions and motives, but then I ha [...]


  • UniqueI received a free copy of the second book in this series for a unbiased opinion so, naturally I had to read the first book. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued as I got further into the book. The author captivates you in Ethan's story by conflicting emotions and situations. I liked the uniqueness to the unlikely hero and how he quickly gains our attention while finding himself through many difficult situations. He quickly rises to any ordeal and navigates through unchart [...]


  • I started reading this book without reading the synopsis first so I had no idea what to expect. I was immediately drawn in and couldn't put it down It's a perfect mix of futuristic sci-fi, technology. a little bit of aliens, and a love story all in one. I'm immediately beginning on book two! The characters are believable and realistic and the story is fast paced yet thorough.Although I do enjoy sci-fi writing I don't regularly choose space/alien themed books. I like that this book got to the sto [...]


  • In the first book, Caretaker, Ethan finds about some double-dealing has been going on when he is thrust in to caring for a ship of sleeping passengers. Though many questions are answered and dealt with in the first of the Saga, Much more develops in The Guardian. There is trickery and deception. Morals and unique gifts must battle and adjust to dramatic situations. A scourge of illness overtakes the surface of their planet and the shipmates lost underground must fight to return topside. Josie Ru [...]


  • It took a long time to get into the action. I put the book down several times, but ultimately so glad I finished. All the build up and establishing relationships really attached me to the characters and their unique plight. I even shed a tear or two near the end when I wasn't sure what would happen to them.While I'm not an astrophysicist, the science was believable and it didn't seem terribly far fetched. It was cool to hear about alien languages, stasis pods, advanced alien civilizations, menta [...]


  • A lot more here than just Si-fiI read close to a book each day and this is the first book that has made me cry in years. Beautiful in its writing and in the Author's understanding of the parts of us as humans that make us great, even in our insignificance. I read Sci-fi for escapism, not for humanism. This book crosses over both, making it an unexpected find. I recommend the book to sci-fi lovers, and general fiction readers. I'll be on the look out for more books by this author.


  • On a starship with few thousand people in stasis a man is assigned an emergency role of caretaker for the long path of decades long voyage. Few years later one passenger is awakened and we start the part where story talks about how people deal with seclusion, how they find strength to go on.As main character is a xenolinguist we also get discussions about what language is, how different can it be.Then the action picks up as an emergency for whole ship arises connected to some alien species.Book [...]


  • Caretaker by Josi Russell grabbed me and sucked me in immediately. The writing was intense and the editing immaculate. I loved everything about the ship where Ethan was Caretaker of 4000 hybernating humans on their 50 year journey to their new home. When Kaia shows up out of the blue it adds to the building tension which caries you through the rest of the book.


  • I really enjoyed Caretaker. It has a unique premise and an interesting twist. The writing is solid, and the characters are likable without sacrificing complexity. Overall, I'm eager to see what happens next.


  • Great book, start a little too erratic, it should have a little prologe but even if everything gets explained on the way, it is still hard on the reader at the beginning, love the story, the narrator, the "politics" and the relationships between the diferent characters.


  • This book was much better than I imagined it would be. I read it in a day every chance I could find. The story took unexpected turns and always kept me guessing on where it would end up. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good, original sci-fi stories.


  • A splended example of a Wordwright's creative artistry, full with the pathos of humanity!In a word. WELLWROUGHT!THANK YOU.Forrest Dee Jeffcoat an instant fan. Seven more more words would not suffice, But!


  • EnjoyableI was worried I wouldn't enjoy the novel, but it was well written and an entertaining story. I felt that the main character may have been a little over the top on his affections, but fun regardless.


  • A very interesting concept. I enjoyed this book very much. Good character development. I highly recommend this book.



  • Enjoyable ReadKept me reading and wanting to know what happens next. I didn't care for the crab-like aliens, but it was still a good book.


  • EnthrallingThis book sucked me in, couldn't put it down. It has it all, action, science, love and drama. I recommend


  • Holy CRAP WAS THIS GOOD. I'm seriously impressed. If anyone is interested in a sci-fi I highly suggest picking this up!


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