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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479329452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479329458
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,597,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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Good characters, interesting story, and excellent pacing.
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I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Ricki Gross
Now I'm anxious to read the next book in the Beyond Series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carole "The Romance Reviews" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 30, 2014
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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 By Debra L. Martin on October 5, 2012
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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 By K. D. McAdams on March 4, 2013
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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 By Tina on May 26, 2014
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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 By Joan P. Ashley on 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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