Beyond the Red

Beyond the Red

by Ava Jae


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For fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Across the Universe , comes a story about betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.

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ISBN-13: 9781510722408
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Beyond the Red Trilogy Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 1,161,973
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ava Jae is a Latinx tomboy who writes YA speculative fiction featuring marginalized characters grappling with identity. When they aren’t working on their next book, completing freelance editorial work, or buried under their TBR pile, you’ll likely find them on Twitter at @Ava_Jae, where they talk about the importance of representation and throw book recommendations at anyone who will listen. They are also the author of the upcoming Into the Black, the second book in the Beyond the Red trilogy. They reside in Boston, MA.

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Beyond the Red 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
EllieFirestone More than 1 year ago
I got this book because it's supposedly recommended for Star Wars fans, and I can now say that the rumors are true. If you love Star Wars, you'll eat this story up. Reading Beyond the Red was like reading a checklist of all my favorite things to put in a book. Awesome technology? Check. Well-developed alien society? Check. Twisty-turny plot that keeps you guessing? Check. It's one of those books that your thoughts keep drifting back to while you're trying to focus on something else. "If I can just finish doing the dishes, I'll be able to read more of this book!" The one thing I wasn't so keen on was some aspects of the romance. It seemed to me that Eros only liked Kora for her body, and not her personality. He kept going on and on about her figure, but he barely mentioned anything else about her. I generally got the feeling that Serek loved her more for who she was. This made me feel kind of conflicted -- I felt like the book wanted me to root for Eros, but I actually found myself wanting Kora to go ahead and marry Serek (though I understand why that couldn't happen ... but spoilers). Despite this, Beyond the Red is still a wonderful and thrilling read. It's well-crafted, it's unpredictable, and it gave me FEELS. Basically, I need the sequel, stat.
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
I knew I was intrigued, but this book really surprised me. It isn't often that a book grabs me right from the beginning and has me wondering what is going to happen next. But Beyond the Red did just that. It was fast-paced and action-packed right from the start. I found myself very interested in the world that I was thrust into, inhabited by humans and an alien race with multicolored eyes and swirling patterns on their skin. This world was nothing like anything I had ever read before and I wanted to know more, more, more. One slight disappointment I had when reading Beyond the Red was the love triangle. It wasn't introduced until about halfway through the book, and I just found it to be unnecessary. I was totally hooked on the story without the love triangle, and it didn't seem to serve much of a purpose in driving the plot line. That being said, it wasn't an overbearing and annoying love triangle like those we can sometimes encounter in YA literature. It was definitely a love triangle that I could handle, and I liked all of the characters involved, but I didn't really see the point of having it in the story. I have seen a lot of people talking about the ending of this book and how it was a major disappointment for them. I can totally understand where they are coming from, because as the story ended, I found myself thinking, "That can't be it! I need more! What happens now????" But upon a bit of reflection, I am ok with the ending of the book. Yes, I would love some more answers, but I won't deduct stars from my rating for the ending. However, if a sequel is ever released, I will be snatching it up because I really want to see what happens to all of the characters. Right now it appears that Beyond the Red is a standalone, but I would definitely pick up a sequel if Ava Jae ever decides to write one. All in all, I really enjoyed Beyond the Red a lot more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure what I was getting into with an alien book, but it destroyed any preconceived notions I had and really impressed me. I would absolutely read another book set in this world or following the same characters after the events at the end of the Beyond the Red.
CJListro More than 1 year ago
This review originally posted to Sarcasm&Lemons: in depth I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but I wish I did. (Recs in the comments, please?) Beyond the Red is a perfect bridge from my fantasy-heavy rotation, with interesting species that could be at home in a fantasy world, enough science and alien-y awesomeness to be sci-fi, but not too much of the hard stuff. Perfect for someone like me who loves a good hardcore science fiction, but needs to ease into the genre. It didn't wow me, but it's a very solid book. The focus is Kora, Eros, and the alien species they represent. Kora is the queen of Safara, ruler of the Sepharon people (don't get me started on the pointlessness of that spelling inconsistency...). She is the first female ruler in ages, which puts her in danger from the rigidly traditional upper crust who doubts her fitness and is gunning to put her brother on the throne. Kora struggles with maintaining her femininity while proving to her people that she's a capable ruler--even if it means excessive cruelty towards the enslaved humans on which Safara depends for labor. Eros lives with the humans, but is half Sepharon, at home with neither race. Jae did a fantastic job exploring his multiple identities, the dissonance between him, and his feelings of being rejected from both halves of his blood. He's a bit typical when it comes to teenage boyness, but I bought him as a person. There are some romantic dabblings between them as is strongly implied by the blurb. I didn't really care much about it. They know each other for such a short time. Though I understood the automatic chemistry, I didn't quite buy love. Trigger warning, there was also some uncomfortable damsel-in-distress-ness with respect to a near-assault. I'm not totally anti seeing that in books where it's realistic and done with thoughtful purpose, but it felt forced here, and thus icky. That said, I think Jae does a good job of not forcing a deep connection between Kora and Eros too quickly. She shows you how their attraction jumps ahead of their reason, and they don't completely understand where they are in relation to each other. She allows them to know and understand each other, although she could do a little more to have Eros grappling with the fact that Kora is responsible for so many human deaths. I wanted to see more dissonance! It's a case where the plot picks up the slack of the characterization. I was interested enough in learning more about the Sepharon society to keep reading. I wanted to see Kora take charge, and Jae kept enough twists and surprises coming to keep me on my toes. It wasn't the most innovative thing I've ever read, but there was enough going on between assassination attempts, castle intrigue, and Eros' mysterious past that I wanted to read further. I was also really into Serek, a royal and genuinely nice guy. I hope he doesn't become magically evil for plot purposes, because it was refreshing to see a trio not immediately set up as a love triangle. I was expecting something a little more epic, and the worldbuilding could have been more in depth. There's some interesting technology, but I didn't get the full feeling of being somewhere alien. That said, Jae's writing is clean and evocative, with rich descriptions of the land that create stunning mental images while you're reading. Her voice was engaging and pretty
Skyly Higgs More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on a whim and was not disappointed. There was a ton of hype surrounding this book a few months back on Twitter. I saw it everywhere and if you know me or have read my posts before you know I usually avoid hyped books like the plague (for the most part anyways). Or I avoid them until the hype completely dies down (months or sometimes even years later) then I pick them up. And that’s exactly what I did with Beyond the Red. That all being said, I devoured this book and wanted to kick myself for not picking it up sooner. It was so good and the characters killed me and I didn’t want it to end. Though I have to say I was expecting something completely different. But it was pretty much perfect just the way it was. Honestly, I want to write this review with a bunch of keysmashing love: uehflkaehfa;dgn;akjdfgj;akfdhg;dufhg;iurhrjaeiojga;dfughaeoirg’hsdjf; oaudfhg;suhd;difghad;fughad;fghadfogihadfo[ighaeroihga;ofduhgeiuprghpi uhguifhgleiudrhgaidfuhgakdjfhgaldjfghauerhagiueradkjhadlkfjgha[rgha;er ugh;erugaeir;jgaerdfkljghadjfaghkldjfghakldjfhagkljdhljdhgjdfhlkdjfgha lkdjfhgakdjfghlkdjfghalkdjfghakdjfghlkdjfhgakldjgfajkldfguerhgrupdvnk. Anyways, Ava Jae killed it with her debut, the world building, the characters, all of it was an amazing. Kora easily became one of my favourite female main characters; After a few chapters of really getting into her storyline, something just snaps into place and she starts to become such a strong character. And Eros, oh boy, he was such a real character. He wasn’t like a lot of other main male characters. He wasn’t shut off from his feelings, he actually struggled with his feelings, he reacted to situations like any other person would. I loved that about him, compared to so many other main male characters, he stands out, most definitely. The world Ava Jae builds for the reader is striking and I love the fact that it isn’t Earth and there are aliens and humans are on the back burner, per se. But I also love the fact that she inflicts a lot of human faults into the aliens, making them real and believably. I really hope we get more world development with the upcoming books. I would love to see the diversity of the lands and skies, as well as the characters in their new places in said world. One thing though, the most surprising thing of this was Kora’s brother and his reaction to Kora finding out his secret. I mean, I know Dima is this super harsh character and he has a persona to fill and name to uphold in the way that he sees fit. But I also didn’t expect that to play out the way that it did. I can only hope that something comes to light of it in the end and it’s portrayed a lot better. All in all, for a debut this was fabulous and if you love aliens, and alien worlds, and strong female main characters, and intense feelings, and half naked bodies, and some good old assassination, you should definitely pick this up. But maybe closer to the release date of book two because it will leave you wanting so much more.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 3.5 I thought it was an interesting story, especially the plot line with Eros (the male character). However, I felt there were a lot of unanswered questions and a lack of world building. I also found some – no, most of it to be predictable, but it still kept me entertained. The pacing was slow in the beginning, even though there was a lot of action, there was also a lot of set-up. It picked up about halfway through, yet there were still moments of lull. Overall, though, once it picked up, it was fairly fast-paced. Would I recommend it? Yes, well, hesitantly. People who are sci-fi fans might enjoy this novel. I would also only recommend to more mature audiences (there is quite a bit of sexual content in this book).
MsVerbose More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Told in alternating POV's of Eros, a half-human/half-alien slave, and Queen Kora, the first female queen of her territory for generations, I couldn't stop turning pages. Eros wants nothing more than to escape and rejoin his people, but with his human family dead, and all kinds of prejudice and distrust surrounding him, he's not sure he has much to go back to. Queen Kora wants nothing more than to help her people, but she too faces the prejudice and distrust that her jealous brother is sowing among their people. When they are framed for an attempted assassination of Kora's betrothed, they must flee and learn to trust each other. So much heart in this book. So many parallels to our own world that seems to struggle with prejudice and distrust of anyone who is different. Ava Jae is a skilled storyteller, and I'm sincerely hoping there will be a second (third, fourth, fifth), because I need to know more!!!
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
In science fiction stories, we often see tales of aliens invading Earth. But what if the humans attempted to invade another planet? And what if they failed? Ava Jae offers a tale set generations later, on a world where the humans left behind are either enslaved or living as nomadic rebels. This book has my favorite opening scene I have read in some time. Ava Jae is a master of worldbuilding through action and dialogue, and the plot was thrilling and delightfully unpredictable. I was immediately taken with Eros, the half-blood rebel who becomes a slave, and Kora, the teenage queen he comes to serve. Their alternating voices are compelling, pulling the story along and creating a nuanced picture of the conflict from both sides. Eros is both the last person Kora can trust, and the only person she can. The forbidden attraction between them practically smokes off the pages. Be warned: there is a short period of glorious kissing. And then there isn’t. And you will want there to be. Long story short: I want the next book in the series, like, yesterday.
TAWNEYBLAND1 More than 1 year ago
I love Sci-Fi books, movies, tv-shows. I’m a geek to the bones. Ava’s book caught my attention because it sounded so unique. I was lucky to be part of the Rockstar Book Tours and read the book early. I’m so glad that I did! It was a fun read with great characters and a fantastic setting. I couldn’t tear myself away from the book. I had to finish it. Told in two point of views, one from the alien queen Kora and the half-blood Eros, we are immersed in a world of an alien planet with court intrigue, deception, and romance. I usually don’t like more than one point of view, but Ava did a wonderful job at keeping each character unique and there was no confusion at who I was reading. Kora and Eros had a chemistry which was great and you root for them throughout the book. But sometimes their attraction to each other come at the wrong time. I loved Kora’s determination to keep her throne. She wouldn’t let anything stand in her way, not even Eros or her evil brother. Eros wanted to be more from what people saw him as, neither an alien or human. No one wants him because of who he is. He faces such a complex subject because no one would accept him. When Kora comes along she treats him no differently than others. That was a Queenly thing to do! Ava did a wonderful job at world building with courts and royalty that blended fantasy with Sci-Fi phasers and transporters. A fast pace, action book that you can’t set down. Should you read it? Yes! If you love Sci-Fi and are looking for a great book to read, Beyond the Red is for you! If you like the Red Rising series or Starflight, pick up this book. You won’t want to put it down!
Alina_Sichevaya More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Red is about aliens (called the Sepharon) and humans and politics and a little romance, and I loved it. And because this book came out just this month, I'll write this review with minimal-to-no spoilers. Right from the beginning, I loved the way the author handled the two points of view presented. The first one we get is Eros, a half-human and half-Sepharon boy of eighteen. The second is Kora, a recently-crowned Sepharon queen whose people are rejecting her in favor of her twin brother. I especially appreciated the distinction between their two voices. Eros's chapters are written in a direct, to-the-point way indicative of his background--raised in the desert, among a nomadic people and working in their militia. Kora's are more delicate--more tactful, indicative of someone who considers the politics of what she says and does before going through with it. I was never once confused as to whose chapter it was. I also enjoyed the way that there was no scene, as far as I could tell, without a specific, easily-identified point of tension. It made the book extremely difficult to put down, and fed directly into a fast-paced and engaging reading experience. I found it refreshing that the main characters, Kora especially, considered the far-reaching social and political consequences of events and actions. A lack of that kind of consideration in some--but not all--YA novels is why I'm often hesitant to read them. Of course, the book isn't without its flaws, but I don't consider them major hindrances to the reading experience. I would have liked a slower build for the romance, but that's a general preference of mine rather than anything really /wrong/ with the novel. I also would have liked not to lose a certain character--but, spoilers (also, personal preference). Some of the slang that Eros uses also distracts from what's going on--there are words shortened that I would have preferred otherwise--but it's definitely not a major detriment to the story. Overall--I had fun reading this. I would definitely recommend it for people who love YA science fiction and books with plots centered heavily on politics. (And I would definitely buy the sequel, if there ever is one. I want one. Please.)
Magdalyn_Ann More than 1 year ago
When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I've always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. I've been a long time follower of Ava Jae's writing advice Writability (and you should be too!), and when I heard that her debut was coming, I was ecstatic. Surely, someone who gives such great and dependable writing advice should have written an amazing book, right? And Ava delivered, beyond all expectations. Reading the book of someone who you hold in high regard due to their advice can feel like you're walking on a fine line. On one hand, their book could not hold up to your expectations, and fall flat, thereby disillusioning you to their advice. It could be just plain bad and you'll forever doubt any sort of advice they may try to give, because clearly their advice wasn't good enough if they didn't follow it. But, like in the case of Beyond the Red, it could be everything you could have ever hoped for and more. I felt deeply connected to Ava's characters, rooting for them from the start. Ava's writing is rich and powerful, and her prose is almost lyrical when read. The book has a strong set of characters, all with their different agendas, and the story itself has the potential to become a classic and a staple in the sci-fi/fantasy community. My one and only gripe comes from the sudden end of the book, which sets up for a sequel, and perhaps it comes from my deep need to know more and submerge myself in the world of Sefara. I want more world-building, more stories, a comprehensive guide to the Sephari language, a history of all things Sephari and how humans came to the world. I essentially want this to become as wide and detailed as Harry Potter or LoTR, where I can learn the language and read everything there ever is to read about this story.
BooksAndPrejudice More than 1 year ago
You know that feeling when you have finished a book but it keeps coming to the front of your mind? You just keep thinking about it and the ending and everything. It stays in your head even after you've read another book. That has happened to me with Beyond the Red. I read this as part of the #readBTR read-a-long hosted on twitter. And I'm glad I joined. This is the story of Kora, the Sepharon that has a thin grasp on her rule of Elja. And the story of Eros, the half-blood who lost everything when Kora's people attacked his nomadic camp. The characters are believable. They're teenagers struggling with the power they hold and the need to do what they think is right. But what's right might not always be so obvious. The plot has some underlying dystopian features, but all in all it's sci-fi. And it's pretty twisty. As with most books, some of the twists were obvious. Others, not so much. But it kept me surprised and guessing and wanting to know throughout the entire book. And that end. My gosh. I hope this has a sequel. because I need to know what happens. Until - hopefully at least - then, I will continue to think about this book. I will definitely buy a copy for myself. Overall? I really liked it and would recommend to most anyone. If the synopsis interests, you, you should go read it! Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. And that in no way sways my opinion of this book.
Eleanor Eghigian More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating first book from a promising author! Kora and Eros were a well balanced pair, and I never found myself favoring either's perspective over the other, which usually happens to me in books with multiple perspectives. The two just played so well off of each other, and both had distinct and likable voices. I only hope that we're going to get a second book someday, because I'm certainly not ready to leave this world yet!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Beyond the Red by Ava Jae Publisher: Sky Pony Press Publication Date: March 1, 2016 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule. Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him. When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide. What I Liked: I really wanted to like this book. It's my Pili-Pushed recommendation for the month, and I trust Pili's judgment - nearly all of the Pili-Pushed recommendations have received positive feedback from me! This one would be of the few (sorry, Pili!). Kora is the queen of one of the Sepharon territories, Elja. She's the first female ruler in generations, and her people are calling for a new leader. They want her younger twin brother, Dima, on the throne. Kora has a plan to meet suitors and marry. Eros is a half-Sepharon, half-human man living in the desert among humans. He's never been accepted, except by his adopted family. When Kora's people attack his and take him prisoner, he has a choice: execution, or swear fealty. Eros is made one of Kora's personal soldiers and bodyguards, because she doesn't trust her guards (they have shown more loyalty to Dima), and no one would dare bribe a half-breed (they think he's an abomination). Things go from bad to worse when an assassination attempt is made on her betrothed's life, and she and Eros must run in order to save themselves - as well as humans, and Sepharon, from a greater threat. Things that worked well - the setting and most of the science fiction aspects of the book. I loved the sandy setting of a planet nothing like Earth. I liked the set-up of the Sepharon kingdoms. The idea of the Sepharon is cool - they're aliens with weird markings on their skin, almost like permanent gold tattoos. Some of them have strange eye colors. They have a different color of blood too. The humans are like normal humans. The Sepharon enslave humans and basically strip away their humanity - it's horrifying. THAT was done really well too - the cruelty of the Sepharon to humans. I will say that I never once thought to put this book, as it had me very much hooked. I kept reading and waiting for my questions to be answered - even at 95%, I was like okay... there's still time for a really thorough epilogue... I got nothing. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)