Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review 'Beyond' by Maureen A. Miller (Audio)

It is the day after Aimee Pattersons 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.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 6th, 2016
Beyond #1
Emma Lysy
6 hours, 52 minutes
YA Science Fiction
Available at:

My Review:

When I first read the book description of Beyond I was really fascinated. This book sounded really different and fun, and since I hadnt read a lot of Sci-Fi books lately this book seemed to come at the right moment. Since I needed a new audiobook, Beyond just seemed to be meant to be listened to.

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 couldnt 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 didnt really love him. He just seemed so.. normal. And in the end I still felt like I didnt 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 didnt 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. Im beginning to think Sci- Fi isnt really my thing anymore though. Not because of this book but just in general. I dont seem to like it as much as I used too. But Beyond really is a fun audiobook to listen to.

My Rating:

About the Author:

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller's first novel, Widow's Tale earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. Working in the software industry for fifteen years in a job that required extensive travel, Maureen chose to write during those lengthy airport layovers. Escapism at its best. Five novels were produced in those years of travel.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with Beyond and the Beyond series. She is having fun keeping her head in the stars! 

For more information about Maureen A. Miller please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Narrator:

Emma has narrated over 65 audiobooks, featuring everything from Annie Oakley to Aliens. Her acting experience ranges from stage, to radio plays, to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. When shes not listening to, prepping, producing, or thinking about Audiobooks, shes a graphic designer specializing in audiobook covers. Needless to say, Emma is a lifelong fan of all things audiobooks.

For more information about Emma Lysy please visit her on Twitter 
I received this book from the Audiobookworm in exchange for my honest review.



  1. I love when I am able to know which character is speaking just by the narrators voice. This sounds interesting, I will be curious to see if book two delivers more.

    1. That was definitely one of the great parts of this audiobook. ;)


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