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Earth is uninhabitable. Tau is our home now. With that terrifying message, Jo and her family learned the truth: They are trapped forever on Tau Ceti e. But the planet’s current occupants—the Sorrow—are not interested in sharing. The fragile peace Jo negotiated abruptly shatters, and soon a bloody battle is raging between the Sorrow and the Pioneers. As tensions rise, the sur Earth is uninhabitable. Tau is our home now. With that terrifying message, Jo and her family learned the truth: They are trapped forever on Tau Ceti e. But the planet’s current occupants—the Sorrow—are not interested in sharing. The fragile peace Jo negotiated abruptly shatters, and soon a bloody battle is raging between the Sorrow and the Pioneers. As tensions rise, the survival of everyone Jo cares for seems less likely by the second. When a betrayal that shocks Jo to her core threatens to wipe out both Sorrow and human life, Jo must find the strength to speak up once more—and bridge the gaps between all the warring factions—or lose forever the only home left to her.


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Earth is uninhabitable. Tau is our home now. With that terrifying message, Jo and her family learned the truth: They are trapped forever on Tau Ceti e. But the planet’s current occupants—the Sorrow—are not interested in sharing. The fragile peace Jo negotiated abruptly shatters, and soon a bloody battle is raging between the Sorrow and the Pioneers. As tensions rise, the sur Earth is uninhabitable. Tau is our home now. With that terrifying message, Jo and her family learned the truth: They are trapped forever on Tau Ceti e. But the planet’s current occupants—the Sorrow—are not interested in sharing. The fragile peace Jo negotiated abruptly shatters, and soon a bloody battle is raging between the Sorrow and the Pioneers. As tensions rise, the survival of everyone Jo cares for seems less likely by the second. When a betrayal that shocks Jo to her core threatens to wipe out both Sorrow and human life, Jo must find the strength to speak up once more—and bridge the gaps between all the warring factions—or lose forever the only home left to her.

30 review for The Survivor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber (The Book Bratz)

    So, I need this book right about now...😅

  2. 4 out of 5

    Milky Mixer

    I like this series so much. I hope there's going to be another one. If you're a fan of Lost In Space on Netflix, you'll love getting lost with Jo and her companions. Danger! Danger!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Book_nerd_jess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read The Survivor in one sitting. It was that good! I loved Tau so much, so coming back to this world was definitely fun and the way the characters not only fight for humanity but the definition of what humanity means, it was truly beautiful. The unitity between the species, the theme of everything happens for a reason and just when I thought I'd seen all of Tau, I was mind blown as the author opened the door to some truly scary yet insanely intersting plant life and gave us even more of the b I read The Survivor in one sitting. It was that good! I loved Tau so much, so coming back to this world was definitely fun and the way the characters not only fight for humanity but the definition of what humanity means, it was truly beautiful. The unitity between the species, the theme of everything happens for a reason and just when I thought I'd seen all of Tau, I was mind blown as the author opened the door to some truly scary yet insanely intersting plant life and gave us even more of the breathtaking world. It was all so beautifully written! I was so emersed in the story, I lost track of time as I flew through the pages. Also, I never listen to music while I read, but I listened to the Interstellar soundtrack on a loop while I read and it was the perfect soundtrack to listen to while reading this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosaria Munda

    I've used the opening of this book as an example for creative writing workshops. That's how good Tyler is at setting a scene, building character, and delivering action all at once. The Survivor has everything The Pioneer had (read my review here) and more. With a clever flipping of stakes at the beginning, a new baddie with a complicated relationship to Joanna, a steamroll of a plot that hooks you and doesn't let go--this one builds on what began in Pioneer and then takes it up a notch. The gang I've used the opening of this book as an example for creative writing workshops. That's how good Tyler is at setting a scene, building character, and delivering action all at once. The Survivor has everything The Pioneer had (read my review here) and more. With a clever flipping of stakes at the beginning, a new baddie with a complicated relationship to Joanna, a steamroll of a plot that hooks you and doesn't let go--this one builds on what began in Pioneer and then takes it up a notch. The gang is back (shout out to my favorite BF Jay and Jo's mom, hard-pressed commander) grappling with their new position as refugees and sole survivors of the human race on an alien planet. Human-Sorrow relations are explored with nuance and depth as tensions escalate; the moment the young people reject their elders' pessimism for a better solution is a fist-pump of a moment. This one is breakneak and also thoughtful, heartclenching and also fun. Don't miss.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did The Pioneer (and I'm still wondering how much of that was the reading on my phone element), but this is still a great scifi adventure! Things become even more complicated on Tau with the arrival of Earth's last survivors - and Joanna's grandfather. This was a great adventure with lots of 'living on another planet' dangers that the characters had to navigate. And not all of the dangers actually came from said planet. This book took a turn, focusing more o I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did The Pioneer (and I'm still wondering how much of that was the reading on my phone element), but this is still a great scifi adventure! Things become even more complicated on Tau with the arrival of Earth's last survivors - and Joanna's grandfather. This was a great adventure with lots of 'living on another planet' dangers that the characters had to navigate. And not all of the dangers actually came from said planet. This book took a turn, focusing more on humanity, right & wrong and the broader impacts of colonialism as well. Still, a LOT of adventure, with characters having to make often difficult choices. My only complaint is that I wanted just a little MORE of an ending... but I can live with that. This is definitely a duology I will be recommending often, and one I can see YA readers devouring.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Rowland

    I think the real problem I have with this series it that NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE RECOGNIZE HOW AMAZING IT IS! Seriously. Action packed, quick paced, you can't put it down, unique, absolutely everything you want in a series. Things just flooded back to me from the first book as I read it, and I want more. Now. People go buy this book so something crazy doesn't happen like the author not getting to write absolutely whatever she wants whenever she wants. My apologies for just now reviewing it when I read i I think the real problem I have with this series it that NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE RECOGNIZE HOW AMAZING IT IS! Seriously. Action packed, quick paced, you can't put it down, unique, absolutely everything you want in a series. Things just flooded back to me from the first book as I read it, and I want more. Now. People go buy this book so something crazy doesn't happen like the author not getting to write absolutely whatever she wants whenever she wants. My apologies for just now reviewing it when I read it as soon as I got it the week it came out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    An explosive second book in this incredible space opera. The beginning starts with a life or death situation where our heroine must repair a ship before it explodes into Tau and causes an extinction level event. Joanna is tough, but she's also traumatized after everything that happened to her brother, to her family, and on Tau. Can she overcome her fears and mistakes to become who she needs to be? To save the human race? To save the indigenous creatures of Tau? A fantastic duology with high leve An explosive second book in this incredible space opera. The beginning starts with a life or death situation where our heroine must repair a ship before it explodes into Tau and causes an extinction level event. Joanna is tough, but she's also traumatized after everything that happened to her brother, to her family, and on Tau. Can she overcome her fears and mistakes to become who she needs to be? To save the human race? To save the indigenous creatures of Tau? A fantastic duology with high level stakes, excellent plotting, and the perfect amount of romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    A dandy, often violent finish to this two book series. Book one created an interesting universe, even more interesting species, and a very likable protagonist. This one solidified all that while hauling readers through some toe-curling situations, leaving the protagonists facing more than one 'just in the nick of time' situations. A fine story with a great ending.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)

    SO MANY FEELS, PEOPLE, SO MANY FEELS. I was so glad to re-immerse myself into Tyler's masterful writing. She has such a way with words, and understands the intricacies of human nature like no other author I've read. The major plot twist that WRECKED ME at the end of book 1 was still fresh in my mind, so I had a decent-ish jumping off point going into The Survivor. Even though I didn't feel as attached to many of the characters in book 1, most of them grew on me in book 2. And even if that attachme SO MANY FEELS, PEOPLE, SO MANY FEELS. I was so glad to re-immerse myself into Tyler's masterful writing. She has such a way with words, and understands the intricacies of human nature like no other author I've read. The major plot twist that WRECKED ME at the end of book 1 was still fresh in my mind, so I had a decent-ish jumping off point going into The Survivor. Even though I didn't feel as attached to many of the characters in book 1, most of them grew on me in book 2. And even if that attachment didn't quite grow, there's no denying that they have excellent chemistry, and that they're masterfully written. And, as always, we need to give a raucous round of applause to Ms. Tyler for ACTUALLY GIVING US WELL-DESIGNED ALIENS THAT AREN'T JUST HUMANS WITH WEIRD EYES! Not gonna lie, I was SO excited to explore the world of the Sorrow once more, and her lush writing made it all the better. We also get to explore a few more critters that weren't mentioned in book 1, so that was fascinating, as always. Though I'm heartbroken that this was the end of the duology, I am over-the-moon glad that I was able to discover these novels. They will always hold a special place in my heart. After a week of mulling it over, I think The Pioneer and The Survivor are equal in rating to me, which is to say that I give The Survivor 5, massive stars. 

  10. 4 out of 5

    geena

    After loving the first book, this fell flat for me. There's none of the tension of the first book as all conflict feels incredibly manufactured in this one? It also feels like Tyler wants to salvage every character they've created instead of creating a villain, making things ring a little false.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    Unputdownable! This sci-fi adventure features vivid world building, powerful suspense, and a compelling, nuanced heroine. Strongly recommended!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was an okay follow up. I felt like the plot went round and round a bit and overall the story dragged.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  14. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  17. 5 out of 5

    Renae | Southern Tsundoku

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shirin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamice Robinson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  22. 5 out of 5

    Asmodel

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Bayer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janset

  26. 4 out of 5

    αλήθεια

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jody

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liney Arnadottir

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rena

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

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