Author: Brandon Mull
It’s About: Jason loves baseball and wants to be a zoologist when he grows up. Not a hero. He’s hoping that the cute girl in his class notices him. Not some evil wizard. But since life never quite turns out the way we expect, Jason finds himself in an alternate reality on a mission to overthrow Maldor, the dark emperor ruling with fear over the people of Lyrian. Jason and fellow Beyonder Rachel accept as their quest the search for the one word that will defeat Maldor.
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I Thought: Having read (and loved) Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series, I am not surprised to feel this first in the Beyonders series is a bit too evenly-paced and lays the groundwork for what is yet to come in books two and three. While there is plenty of activity, it’s predictable and not very suspenseful, making it a good story for younger readers.
Look – Brandon’s creating a whole new world, with different creatures and sometimes languages and customs and traditions and histories and geographies and political infrastructures and the Who’s Who of Lyrian! This book gives us our road map for what’s to come. I enjoyed it. I like what I’ve read so far. I’m just ready for the more involved plot line that I know is coming with the next book, and I am ready for the action to pick up and to be faster-paced.
As with his previous books, Brandon Mull imbues his main characters with morals and integrity, and there is always a choice between good and better, or worse. Jason and Rachel face these choices and their consequences in A World Without Heroes, and I look forward to seeing them grow into their chosen roles as the series continues.
I loved that this was one of our featured books in our Book of the Month Club. What did you like? Not like? What questions do you have? How likely are you to read the next book?
Verdict: Stick it on the shelf! I’ve got a good feeling about this series!
Reading Recommendation: Ages 8 and up!
Favorite Quote: “So many misconceptions surround the notion of heroism. Far too many categorize a hero as a champion on the battlefield, a commander of legions, a master of rare talent or ability. Granted, there have been heroes who fit those descriptions. But many men of great evil as well. Heed me. A hero sacrifices for the greater good. A hero is true to his or her conscience. In short, heroism means doing the right thing regardless of the consequences. Although any person could fit that description, very few do. Choose this day to be one of them.”