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Beyond The Milky Way (The Galaxy Series Book 1) by [Aithal]
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An enthralling novel about a flight crew's journey down the rabbit hole and back. Thematically powerful. Sometimes too talky, but richly detailed and expertly plotted. The narrative moves slowly but delivers layer upon layer of revelation, unpeeled with limpid skill. Surprisingly absorbing and agreeable, given the stereotyped characters and general air of predictability, with unobtrusive yet well thought-out notions and a backdrop of genuine depth and consistency.
A cautionary planetary odyssey with a feel that's similar to stories from sci-fi's golden age. -Kirkus Reviews.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2818 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Season Ball (November 25, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017FI1C3I
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Beyond the Milky Way is an upcoming book, a story that fans of The Martian will definitely want to add to their reading list. I finished reading it in two days, it was very gripping and interesting. "Could humans survive living on another planet?" has always been an interesting topic, one that has a lot of controversy, and in this exciting book, three people dare to find out. The trouble is that although their new-found planet has the elements humans need to survive, it doesn't necessarily have the things that they're connected to emotionally, and to stay away from Earth will be the ultimate test to see just what "home" really means.

I'm really glad I got to review this book; there have been similar books in the past but none exactly like this that go into so much depth. It's part sci-fi, but also combines a number of other elements and explores human nature in a realistic and eye-opening way. Beyond the Milky Way will have readers questioning not just themselves, but the world (and possibly many other worlds) around them as well
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Aithal has done a great job presenting questions and possibilities with regards to our planet, our race, our galaxy and our universe. The subjects he presents are matters that I have been discussing with my husband and close friends for a number of years. Regardless where people are, there are challenges facing us - all of us. These challenges must be considered and decided upon where to move next, moving forward rather than backward. Focusing on what was and what is doesn't always allow us to take the necessary steps to solve such challenges - so where do we go from there?

That dang cliffy! AHHH! It was great and I look forward to see where the next book goes. It's funny that I've read this - aside from the romance novels I'm writing, I'm actually working on a sci-fi fantasy that poses similar ideas for readers to ponder and more.

A great second book by the author after the first novel, India Was One, that is very different but still strong. You'll learn a lot about the author by reading both books. :)
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It’s been a long time since I last read a science-fiction novel, so I welcomed the opportunity to dive into the ARC of “Beyond the Milky Way” by Aithal. And the book certainly didn’t disappoint me.

The story starts with a bang – almost literally – and keeps up the thrilling pace. I didn’t find a single page boring or superfluous, and that isn’t the case about all sci-fi books out there. What I liked straight away is that we know a bit more about what is going on than the protagonists, and that makes it all the more nerve-wracking. I’m also pleased that that the author has included a woman in the main trio.

The story takes us into space and to another planet, and it combines the thrill of new discoveries, doubtful friends and exotic threats with a nice philosophical touch. You can feel that the author has put a lot of thought into what kind of message he wants to convey, and I echo his sentiments and outlook on life. A lot of issues crop up in the book, cleverly – but not overly – criticizing human behaviour with its many dangerous aspects.

This book is Book 1 of a series, and I will certainly pick up Book 2 when it comes out. Although the story ends on a cliffhanger, it didn’t leave me frustrated, only thoughtful and entertained in equal measure. The lovely illustrations and quotes / poems added to the appeal of the book, as was also the case with “India Was One” by An Indian.
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By Beeshon on February 14, 2016
Format: Paperback
I should point out straightaway that this is a ‘to be continued’ book. Now, I’m really not too fond of books that don’t ‘end’. I don’t mind the hint of sequel, but I just don’t want to have to read another book to get to the conclusion. A personal bug, but if you like books in a series to stand alone, perhaps you'll want to know that this one doesn't!

That aside, the book was a rather compelling read: a sci-fi adventure but a story with social commentary. One that has you feeling a little uncomfortable (because you know it's true) at the message being conveyed.

Three astronauts are on an important mission. It’s the last for one of them and the first for another. They are heading for a planet that may have water, and if there’s water, there may be other discoveries to be made. The journey is bumpy. Very, very, very bumpy. Loss of contact with control is beyond distressing, but they manage to land, albeit unconventionally. They've landed somewhere. Not back at base—it’s obvious from their surroundings—but terra firma at least. American terra firma. Or is it? All they have to do is find some people, some civilization, some means of communication to let base know the mission was incomplete but that they are safe. That’s all. Can’t be too hard, can it, despite the unfamiliar terrain?

Despite the fact I couldn't engage with the characters—they were a little bland—it wasn't hard to be drawn into the story. The author has obviously thought very hard about something he needed to say and used his creativity and imagination to do so. It worked.

And of course, it perpetuates that ever-present question…do we really know what's out there?

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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