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Ryan Galloway

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Publish)


Inside the gleaming domes of Mars Colony One, seventeen-year-old Lizzy Engram and her fellow cadets work to make the Red Planet habitable.

And every Sunday night, the doctors erase their memories.

Week by week the procedure is carried out. Until one morning, Lizzy wakes with all of the missing memories inside her head. And not just her own, but the memories of every cadet on the planet—from the boy who falls in love with her every week, to the girl who wants to ruin her life, to the cadets who have simply disappeared.

Now balancing the desires, fears, ideas, and secrets of the entire colony, Lizzy has six days to figure out what the doctors are hiding—and why—or she’ll lose more than her memories.


Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10


This science fiction novel follows the adventures of 17-year-old Lizzy Engram, a cadet working at Mars Colony One, who -- like all the cadets -- has her memory erased each week. But one day, Lizzy discovers that all her memories -- and those of her fellow cadets -- are intact inside her head. Now all she has to do is figure out what's going on and why. The story has great details about life in the colony and a strong and interesting protagonist in Lizzy. The twisting plot and fleshed out characters lead to a satisfying ending.

Date Submitted: September 23, 2016

Anne Elisabeth Stengl, award-winning author of Heartless

“Within the first few chapters I gave up trying to predict where the story would go and simply let it carry me on a wild, extraterrestrial ride.”

Hannah Alexander, author

“[E]xtremely engaging. I can’t wait to read a sequel.”

India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter

“A real page-turner, reminiscent of both The 100 and​ Doctor Who, Biome is a refreshing take on Young Adult Science Fiction.”

Kirkus Reviews

“An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story. The ending, meanwhile, satisfies on every level.”