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BEYOND (BEYOND Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maureen A. Miller
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Book Description

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.

"Brilliantly done. A lovely debut to the young adult genre." - Romancing The Book Reviews


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  • File Size: 5217 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479329452
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EEN2OE
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great May 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Victoria Lane
for TheRomanceReviews.com

Don your intergalactic spacesuits, BEYOND by Maureen A. Miller will take you to unknown galaxies and introduce you to some odd beings. This young adult science fiction novel is a fantastic read, and I give it 4 stars.

In the novel, seventeen-year-old Aimee Patterson is accidentally abducted by aliens while out for a walk, and due to the rotation of the galaxies, can't be returned to her planet for five Earth years. While on the Guardian ship Horus, Aimee meets a lot of people--some really handsome, some creepy--and has some interesting experiences. When the ship is affected by a disease, Aimee must work with Warrior Zak to find a cure.

I really liked this novel. For someone who hasn't read much true science fiction, BEYOND is a great introduction into the genre. The technological ideas will blow your mind. I imagined a much more complex plot with schemers and master manipulators, but in the end the plot was straightforward and simple. Whether that added to or detracted from the book, I'm not sure; I enjoyed reading it either way.

I would have liked some more distinction of time on the ship. Understandably, time on the ship is not the same as Earth time, but based on Aimee's routine, it seems like she is only away from Earth for three Earth nights before being returned. The reader only knows of 2 times that Aimee sleeps and one meal; yet Aimee is told that it will be something like an Earth month that she has to remain on the ship before being able to return to Earth, and her body grows into a more adult womanly figure. Time paradoxes aside, the passage of time in the novel was not clearly illustrated, and so it was a tad difficult to get my bearings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart new YA series October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for Ms. Miller's newest book, "Beyond," book 1 in a YA science fiction series. I read quite a few of the author's books and really enjoy them and Ms. Miller's style of writing. This is the first time she's ventured into science fiction for young adults and she's hit a home run with this one. The story follows teenager Aimee Patterson shortly after she graduates from high school. She's used to walking her dog, but when the dog runs off into the woods, Aimee's life is about to change dramatically. She is mistakenly taken by an alien vessel and wakes up to find she is in deep space with no hope for going home. Not everyone on the space ship is happy that Aimee was abducted including Aimee, but when she learns she will not be returned to Earth for 5 years, she does her best to fit in as best she can. While she tries to discourage the romantic overtures from one of the scientists, she finds herself drawn to warrior Zak.

Ms. Miller does a great job of letting the reader into Aimee's inner thoughts and feelings, but without all the teenage angst that so many of the YA books rely on. The writing is smart, witty and even though YA isn't a genre I read often, I couldn't wait to see what happens to Aimee and Zak. The conflicts and a looming disaster makes the pages fly by. By the end of the book, I was a big fan of Zak. I'm looking forward to book 2 in this series and see what new adventures Ms. Miller has in store for these two. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucked in before I knew it March 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Originally I thought this would be a stereo typical band geek lands the quarter back story line, but I was wrong. Instead, while Amy happens to be a geek it is her self confidence and intelligence that get her into and out of some sticky situations. Zak, the handsome leader type, is also an outsider in the homogenous world of the Horus. He not only see's Amy's beauty but he also is impressed with her wit and quick thinking. By the time I got to chapter 3 I couldn't stop reading until I was finished with the book. The world building is good, it doesn't over power the story, and the characters are deep. I very much look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond (1 of series) May 26, 2014
By Tina
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I downloaded this as a free book from Amazon. A good first book for a YA sci-fi series. Good characters, interesting story, and excellent pacing. Not a deep read, but an entertaining one. I will definitely be reading the next book of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating scifi romance October 3, 2014
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Not being a young adult, a YA novel isn't the first book I'd grab from the shelf. I downloaded this one through curiosity and curiosity eventuality made me open it and start reading. I had a very pleasant surprise.

Maureen Miller's story of a young couple from different planets who fall in love takes you to the stars with detailed descriptions of an alien spaceship of unimaginable proportions cruising through the universe at mind-boggling speed. The survivors of a planet wiped out by disease live on this giant craft onto which Aimee Patterson has been beamed up from her home on Earth by a rogue scientist.

I won't get into more detail about the story except to say Ms. Miller doesn't fall into the cliché trap with her aliens. They're an attractive humanoid race. And they're considerate and hospitable. Yes, their enemies are your usual scary looking bad guys, but this story isn't so much about planetary wars as about how love can bridge even the differences between planets. If you're looking for a well written scifi romance, I recommend Beyond.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jewel of space
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not My "Scene"
This was an okay read. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. This is basically a young adult romance, taken away from the normal settings and genre's we have come to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Joan-Figuerola
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
I actually enjoyed this story. It had a smooth flow, good dialog and I liked the concept. The potential is clearly there for a real meaty story of action, romance, friendship and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marilyn Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a fun series! A well-crafted YA with excellent characters and great action. Highly recommended!!
Published 5 months ago by Julie M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Enjoyed the series. Definitely going to continue on with the series. Maureen is a prolific writer. I am glad that she started this series.
Published 6 months ago by Kenneth C. Cottrill
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More About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller's first novel, WIDOW'S TALE earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. Working in the software industry for fifteen years in a job that required extensive travel, Maureen chose to write during those lengthy airport layovers. Escapism at its best. Five novels were produced in those years of travel.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with Beyond and the BEYOND Series. She is having fun keeping her head in the stars!

When she's not writing, Maureen enjoys supporting other authors. She is the founder of www.JustRomanticSuspense.com, and its offspring, www.JustContemporaryRomance.com.

Find Maureen at www.maureenamiller.com


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