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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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.

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Enjoyed it!

In ‘Beyond’ we meet Aimee. One day Aimee finds herself being kidnapped. She wakes up weeks later finding herself on a spaceship. The ship is in hands of people who have been forced to leave their planet after an epidemic, and now they are looking for an antidote. Soon Aimee finds out she has been kidnapped accidentally, but they can only return her 5 years from now.

To be completely honest it took me a little while to really get into this book. Somehow I just couldn’t really get into this book as easily as I usual do. After I listened for the second time to the beginning I finally felt like I got it and I began to enjoy the read more.

I really liked Aimee. I loved that she was intelligent and had this kind of ‘nerdy’ feeling about herself. She definitely was a character I could connect with. It did find it a little weird how ‘easily’ she seemed to accept her situation. She wanted to get back home at the beginning, but she definitely sounded a little to accepting if you ask me.
Zak was definitely nice to read about, but I just didn’t really ‘love’ him. He just seemed so.. normal. And in the end I still felt like I didn’t really knew him. The romance between Aimee and Zak was really something I did enjoy. Aimee and Zak feel attracted to each other almost right from the beginning and it was fun to read about those two.

The timeline was a little strange. One moment Aimee was waking up, and the next she had been on the ship for months. But it didn’t bother me too much.

The Narrator Emma Lysy did a good job if you ask me. I enjoyed listening to her voice and getting to know the characters through her. After I got used to her voice, I really was able to tell the characters a part due to her different ‘voices’.

Overall I did enjoy this book. I’m beginning to think Sci- Fi isn’t really my thing anymore though. Not because of this book but just in general. I don’t seem to like it as much as I used too. But ‘Beyond’ really is a fun audiobook to listen to.
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Book Details

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