I’m back!! Book Review: Beyond by Maureen A. Miller

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

Review: So I don’t often read sci-fi books as it’s not really my cup of tea but I actually really enjoyed this book. I picked it up for free in Apple Books as I love an occasion scavenge for a good free book (I actually found Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger like this). It exceeded my expectations and it was so thrilling and wild!

So we start off with Aimee waking her dog in the woods that she has feared since childhood. She is suddenly kidnapped or, more accurately, abducted by a spaceship filled with (basically) humans from different planets and galaxies. Aimee’s abducting was merely a mistake but has huge consequences when she learns that she cannot return to earth for another 5 years.

Okay so I usually don’t like sci-fi books as they are unrealistic and such but this one was so immersive! Although I do feel like 5 years did not pass, it felt much shorter but that was the goal; to show how times passed differently. I enjoyed this much more than I expected, honestly!

As for the characters, I loved Aimee’s character! She was determined and strong and acted in a way which I believe is realistic (I can’t say I have much experience of being kidnapped by aliens). Zak’s character was also better than I anticipated (I didn’t really have high hopes for this book) and I was pleasantly surprised! I loved the first impressions, Zak brooding and Aimee curious about everything!

I loved the story line and although this book does end on a cliffhanger, I promise that reading the next book is worth it. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be more open minded about different genres!

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