Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Beyond by Maureen A. Miller (Review)

The first book in the Beyond series was a fun book to read.

Book Details:

Book Title: Beyond (Beyond series #1) by Maureen A. Miller
Category: YA Fiction,  304 pages
Genre: Sc-fi romance
Publisher: Createspace
Release date: September 19,  2012
Content Rating: PG (mild language, no f-words)

Book Description:

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.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The first book in the Beyond series was a fun book to read, even though I had issues with it. Every so often I enjoy a YA book as they are so often fresh and different.

The premise was interesting: a teen gets abducted by a spaceship of humans in search of an antidote, and she falls in love during her journey. The problem is that this felt more like a middle-grade book because of the very simplistic plotline and the way it was executed. I was totally confused by the progression of time that was mostly unexplained. A few months travelling in space equalled five years on Earth, however, the story seemed to take place over a course of a few weeks. The danger was mostly downplayed, especially the plague part. I wasn't sure what Aimee did with her time on the spaceship.  She was offered an opportunity to study with the engineers, but this never came up again in the plot. The romance started out fine but then became heavy for the rest of the book.

The world-building was great. I loved the description of the spaceship itself and I wished that the main character would have been immersed in the daily life on the ship, rather than seen mainly swooning over Zak. Don't get me wrong, Zak was certainly swoon-worthy but I needed more to the story. There wasn't much character building and this turned out to be mainly a sweet romance story.

Beyond is a clean read that can be read quickly. It's fun, but lighthearted. Nothing deep or profound. Fans of the romance genre will probably enjoy this one more than sci-fi fans that will question the probability of the science even if this is fiction.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!

Find more about Maureen at

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  1. it has a great cover. though i do like my books deep and dark, sometimes a light read is good for flushing out those bad memories. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental


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