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A World Without Heroes (Beyonders) Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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Of course the book seemed to change from the type of storytelling seen in the introduction to the first few chapters. Characters are given quests, they must overtake a sitting evil ruler, and they are the only hope as this is a land ruled by fear and corruption. This whole setup seemed a little simplistic and the quest reminded me very much of an old math adventure computer game from JumpStart that you travel around and solve riddles and math puzzles to help beat the game.
Of course there is a reason that those games were as popular as they were, and everyone my age played them at some point in time. Because they were incredibly well targeted for that age group. This is exactly what Mull has done with the Beyonders series, by targeting a specific age group that will be sure to respond to his writing.
What Mull really adds to the story is his ability to create inventive and interesting magics and creatures. My personal favorites were the characters/creatures Jasher, a seed person, and Ferrin, a displacer. I found both of these wizardborn (I assume the seed people of Amar Kabal were wizardborn because of there rebirth through seeds but I don't believe it was actually stated that they were so I might be wrong) characters fascinating. The ability to detach one's body and survive is a fascinating (and useful) ability that I felt was both unique and interesting to read about.Read more ›
I like Jason- he reminds me a little of Seth (from Fablehaven- which is always a plus. I appreciate his valor, that's what really made me like him. The way he values life, even in a different world, where people are trying to kill him.
Rachel is also an enjoyable character, her stubbornness amused me.
That was some good stuff and I cannot wait to read what else is in store.
It's appropriate for older children, I'd say middle school age or older. There are some upsetting scenes, including one where a group of musicians purposefully commits suicide by going over a waterfall. The hero, Jason, gets beaten up and captured on a regular basis and everyone suffers in some way during their quest to undo the evil Emperor Maldor.
Fablehaven taught its lessons with a bit more subtlety and had more character growth than Beyonders. This book is more of a straightforward quest story, although Jason does have to make a conscious decision to be a hero even when the odds are stacked sky-high against him.
There are crosses and double crosses, betrayals and rescues, escapes and near misses, lots of action and adventure. I think boys would love this book but hey, I'm a grown-up girl and I thought it was great!Jason's traveling companion, Rachel, is a smart and competent homeschooled student and I really appreciated that Mull didn't go in for the stereotyping of homeschoolers as socially awkward and weird. :)
The Displacers are one of the most interesting creations I've read in any kids' book, ever. I'll let you discover who and what they are for yourself!
I can't wait to see where this series goes. I was really happy with this book and will be reading the rest of the series.
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I liked the interesting concepts in the book, the idea of the Eternal Feast and how the author explored what an effective way that would be for an evil emperor to control his adversaries. I thought the wizard-born races were also interesting, the notion of many lives for the Aman Kabul and the detachable parts of the displacers were also neat. The alternate world the characters arrive in was fun and i liked all of the detail that the author gave us about it.
I have to admit I kind of lost track of who the supporting cast were, the Drakes and Tarks and others started to run together for me. Not a big deal, but I felt like i missed something because I couldn't remember who was who a lot of the time. In the author's defense, I'm a grown up so i have to put the book down sometimes for days at a time. This may not have been an issue for the target age group who can probably read the whole book in a week or two.
My biggest complaint with this book was the ending--or lack of one. In the Fablehaven series each book had a quest and a complete story that tied to the other ones. The first book in the Beyonders series is just the first third of a story. It just stops abruptly in the middle of a chapter and the next thing you know you are reading acknowledgements.Read more ›
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As a young writer, I consider Brandon Mull one of my greatest influences. Having grown up reading his books, (of which, his Beyonders series is - in my opinion - the best of the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dr. Prunesquallor
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great diversion. It is definitely written for tweens but it reads well and the characters are believable.Published 17 days ago by W. C. Staub
I LOVE ALL OF BRANDON MULLS BOOKS!!! this was a wonderful book, I was into it the entire time! You right now, need to buy this book and read it! Just do it!Published 24 days ago by C Nielsen
Another great book by Brandon Mull! If you enjoyed Fablehaven, then don't hesitate to give Beyonders a try! I did, and haven't regretted it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arthur Wendorf
Well written children's books. I tend to steer towards the young adult action/adventure books. The first few chapters had me reading faster and faster, but after a while, it lost... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason A.