Chimera (Universe Eventual) (Volume 1)

HELIOS, the sequel to CHIMERA, is available now on Amazon in Kindle and paperback format.

The fate of Earth’s first colony rests on the shoulders of a pair of misfits: Theo Puck, a rogue hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and Selena Samuelson, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past.

Earth went silent over a decade ago. No contact, no resupply. If something doesn’t change, the colony will go extinct. The only way to restore communication with Earth is the ancient colony ship Chimera. Two centuries of disrepair have taken their toll on her–the shipboard AI that allows travel between distant stars is lost in unending sleep. She must be woken and the ship rebuilt for a desperate return journey to Earth.

The mandate to repair and crew the Chimera seems like a game to Theo–one he isn’t invited to play. Angry at having been overlooked, Theo hacks his name onto the list of those selected to crew the Chimera, a decision he soon regrets. A brutal murder changes everything: Theo must make it to the Chimera or his family will suffer terribly consequences.

Piloting an ore trawler is the only life Selena has ever known until an industrial accident strands her aboard the Hydra, the orbital station responsible for rebuilding the Chimera. A chance encounter with her AI suggests Selena might have a far larger role to play in saving the colony than she–or anyone else–ever imagined.

Theo and Selena’s futures become intertwined as they carve out places for themselves in the crew that will navigate the Chimera back to Earth. However, behind the scenes, a brilliant sociopath has set events in motion that could not only destroy their lives, but doom their colony as well.


“This book grabbed me by the spine and yanked me through its pages in just a few fast days!”
–Michael Pugh, Goodreads Review”

“The plot was engaging, the characters were interesting, and the book a refreshing read. I didn’t want to put it down. Now I am looking forward to reading the next book!”
–Jessie Davenport, Goodreads Review

Voted one of the “Top 100 YA science fiction novels” on Goodreads.

“Verified” Amazon Reviews:

“Reminiscent of Orson Scott Card’s early work, especially Treason and Ender’s Game, the storytelling has been well crafted – inviting the reader into a new world that is fresh and deep yet utterly recognizable.”

“It’s so tough to put down, and while categorized as YA, adult science fiction readers are missing out if they don’t give it a read. Looking forward to the next installment!”

“Loved it! Great read, ready for the next book.”

“… a strong sense of both plotting and character development.”

“To put it short and sweet: loved it, loved it, loved it!! The characters were engaging, the story itself imaginable. I can’t wait for more!”

“Chimera was an exciting, riveting, well written science fiction story that I could barely tear myself away from.”

“Can’t wait for more. I am amazed beyond words.”


I wanted to write a science fiction novel that would appeal to a wide variety of readers in the vein of Ender’s Game or Heinlein’s juveniles such as Starship Troopers and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.Though Chimera features young protagonists, readers of all ages report having enjoyed it.

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  1. Top rank sci-fi! A MUST read! I am a Science Fiction nut. Really. I just did a quick review of the last 100 books that I’ve read – 59 of them were Sci-fi…and I hate to admit that I’ve been trying to make sure to add other genres into the mix. That being said, I’m extremely excited about this review: Chimera the first book in the upcoming Universe Eventual series. I was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of N. J. Tanger’s debut novel, and I can’t wait for you to be able to get…

  2. Enjoyable YA Chimera (Universe Eventual Book 1) creates a world and time that is dystopian, distant, draconian, and delightful. High Five for alliteration! This is a Young Adult book. 

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