- File Size: 5221 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479329452
- Publication Date: December 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009EEN2OE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,455 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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BEYOND (BEYOND Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Aimee, a socially awkward but intellectually gifted 17-year-old, is taken by an alien group who wander the universe trying to find a cure for a disease that wiped out almost their entire planet before this group was sent away. The interaction, where Aimee encounters their various technologies, brings in some mild humor. She meets Selmak, a quasi-scientist who is the one responsible for bringing here aboard, and Zak, an alien from a different world than most on the ship. These two provide the love interest and the tension throughout the story, though the handling of these two, especially Selmak, makes one wonder how tolerant a race of aliens can be.
Aimee manages to settle into life aboard the ship, and she is told they will drop her off when they next swing through the area of Earth again, which will be in five years, Earth-time. Of course, it will be only a few months based on ship time. Here lies one of the largest points of confusion, possible inaccuracy, and shortcomings of the book. The people talk like it will be months, but from the writing and story progression, it seems like only about two weeks at best. Perhaps that is because the author chose not to introduce a "daily" living cycle into the story, but it tends to muddle a lot of the action together, time-wise. The relativistic time comparisons also don't seem to match descriptions of physical changes to Aimee; it seems to be implied that she continues to age at an "Earth-time" rate. This plot area of time is one that does not seem to be consistent within the story, and does pull it down a bit.
Something that is never really mentioned, except in passing, is the speed the ship can achieve. They not only are hopping between systems in one galaxy, they are hopping between galaxies. That is a huge difference in time and distance, and to be able to travel between galaxies in about a week is almost beyond even any suspension of belief. Then again, it is science fiction, so anything is possible, right?
The handling of the plague outbreak is one where the reader figures out the answer in a few pages, but the author takes chapters to get to. The reader is shouting "Look over here!", and the story drags along. Granted, some tension is necessary, but this also drags the story down a bit.
All in all, this is an excellent YA story with only comparatively minor issues. The reader is left wondering who else might be wandering the universe besides these humanoids and the Korons, an interesting race that seems like they should never have been space-worthy. One is also left wondering (faintly) if Aimee will stay on the ship, go home to Earth to stay, or go back to the ship after a five-year "home visit". I see this as a good first book in a series, as most things are answered at the end of the book except for the question of stay, leave, or visit. I look forward to finding out.
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