Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Tags: Juvenile fiction, Fantasy, Quest, Adventure, Magic, Humor
An adventurous story with fairytale vibes. For fans of Half Upon a Time.
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1) was surprisingly intelligent and deep for my expectations of juvenile fiction. The stakes were high and I fell for the twists!
At first, I just couldn’t get interested in the story but the outlandish bits like the weird food and the craziness of the Giddy Nine scene(reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland) kept me reading until somewhere along the way I became invested in the characters and wanted to see if Lyrian could be restored.
I’m in my 20s and still found this story fun, strange and smart, with sprinklings of humor throughout.
It features a headstrong girl(which sometimes grates on my nerves because of her timing in challenging sexist remarks. Like, girl, can we have a discussion after we get away from this creature that wants to kill us??)and a somewhat realistically capable boy(a young Tom Holland could totally play this character). They’re not all-knowledgeable but they give it their all. There’s this notion that heroes do save the world single-handedly, but the truth is, behind every one of them are numerous people who helped in their journey. In this aspect, Beyonders is very self-aware. It’s also brutal and doesn’t go easy on the teens just because of their age.
And that last twist! I thought I knew what was going to happen but the twist just upended it! I’m going to check if my library has the next installments
Recommended for: Fans of adventures in magical worlds, of stories where you travel from the real world to another mystical land/dimension through a portal, and those who enjoyed the Half Upon A Time series.
Parental Guidance: 12+
Violence – Severed limbs, murder, torture instruments, some gore
Sex – No
Religion – No
Profanity – No