Beyond

  • by Maureen A. Miller
  • Narrated by Emma Lysy
  • 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is the day after Aimee Patterson's high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.
Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.
A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.
Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.

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Good Young Adult Science Fiction

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy from Audiobookworm Promotions. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Beyond is the first book in the Beyond series and the first book I’ve read (or listened to) in this series. It won’t be the last. I need to find out what happens to Aimee and Zak, the main characters in this series.

I like Maureen A. Miller’s writing style. Not only does it flow well, but she throws a little humor in here and there among the drama. I do think there could have been a little more information about Aimee’s time on the ship. It was mentioned that she could spend time learning from the scientists, but it was never mentioned again and all of a sudden, it was time for her to go home.

I’m hoping to get to know the characters more in the next book. Zak and Aimee are the only two humans on the ship from different planets. They are drawn to each other and fall in love. Thankfully, it’s not love at first sight like in so many young adult books.

Emma Lysy has a distinct voice that is perfect for this story. She did the different voices well and her pauses and inflections were spot on.

I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys young adult books.
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- Dawn

I enjoyed this book immensely

Beyond: Beyond the Series Book 1 is an enthralling tale of a young woman hours away from graduating with her life planned out before her.  Aimee Patterson is an only child with parents that all kids long for until … She takes a fateful trip into the woods following her dog when suddenly she feels strange before blacking out.

When Aimee does wake up she finds her life is no longer planned out, she has no family and only Joh and a few others to help her navigate her way through her new world.   Can she get back home? How does she maneuver her way through betrayal and treachery?

Maureen Miller builds a strong science fiction story full of twists and suspense.   Miller captures the feelings of a young girl struggling to find herself and her way in a strange world all the while navigating through teenage girl hormones.   The dialog is realistic as are the feelings of Aimee.  Miller builds strong characters to draw her readers in and connect them to each and every character.

Miller develops the story line and characters with gracefully strong descriptions and situations.

Emma Lysy is a strong narrator; her voice helps to bring the reader in and keep them caught up in the story with her passionate, clear and moving voice.  Her voice is even and soothing while projecting the emotions of Aimee and the chaos of her life.

I enjoyed this book immensely and listened to it non stop.   I enjoyed the story and narrator to the point that I didn't want it to end.   It was fun, light listening and Miller writes using vivid descriptions.  Growing up, I loved stories such as this one  -  I longed to take those trips and explore new worlds while also finding myself.

This book is for anyone who loves science fiction, romance, and adventure.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2016
  • Publisher: Maureen A. Miller