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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479329452
- Publication Date: December 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009EEN2OE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,707 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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I finished the book. It got better, but I didn't think it was great
This book was a nice surprise. Not only was it well written, but it kept me captivated the entire time. Miller’s writing flows easily through the story as she describes how Aimee, a young teenager from Earth must cope with the fact that she was just abducted from Earth and has no chance of returning for five years.
Supposedly the “abduction” was a mistake caused by a young scientist who was on Earth to gather plant life that might be critical to the survival of his race. The aliens on the Guardian ship Horus, also human-like – and just let me stop here because I’ve seen a lot of readers say human-like aliens are a lack of imagination on the author’s part. But I have to disagree. As a scientist, the human body plan makes a lot of sense. Why wouldn’t it be duplicated? Anyway – the aliens on the ship Horus are human-like and I appreciated that.
So Aimee has been picked up for some nefarious reason by a young man named Salvan, who seems to have an infatuation with her. His job is to find a cure for a devastating disease that has wiped out the home world of these transient beings. And this is why they are traveling the universe—stopping by as many planets as they can to collect plant life, desperately seeking a cure.
But there is another young man on the ship – and this guy looks and acts different form the rest. Zak is a warrior. He’s standoffish (aren’t all the good ones standoffish!) and he’s gorgeous. He feels an attraction to Aimee, and Aimee feel the same way back. They have a few adventures together, but always there is that damn Salvan meddling in Aimee’s life.
This was book was very good. If you’re into SF I’d highly recommend it. It’s got just enough adventure and romance to keep you interested in just about every way possible. The new technology introduced is interesting, and the twists at the end are quite unexpected. I won’t give any away, but the second book is set up perfectly. And best of all – all three books are out right now.
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.