Beyond the Red by Ava JaeBeyond the Red by Ava Jae

Beyond the Red

byAva Jae

Hardcover | March 1, 2016

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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.
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 ...
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Title:Beyond the RedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Sky Pony PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1634506448

ISBN - 13:9781634506441

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast-paced & compelling characters! BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae is a thrilling ride from start to finish. With highly advanced aliens, a deadly planet and compelling characters, I was left wanting more. Whether or not you're a fan of sci-fi, Jae's writing has the power to engage every type of reader. The world, the characters and the non-stop action are incredible! This book doesn't feel like a debut. There are some really great debuts out there but there's always something about them, something that lets you know it's a debut. It feels like Jae has spent 10 years polishing her craft and knows her writing inside and out. I'm a huge sci-fi reader so I knew I'd like this, but BEYOND THE RED will also interest readers who don't usually read or even like sci/fi. The writing reminds me of THE HUNGER GAMES - it just has that ability to captivate the reader. Every reader will find themselves relating to this book in one way or another. I absolutely loved Eros and Kora. This book is a dual POV and I usually find myself favouring one POV over the other, but that wasn't the case here. I loved both characters equally as well as their perspectives. I loved these characters, they sometimes annoyed me with their actions, and I was rooting for them to win every step of the way. I'd also like to add, I usually read books with female protagonists over male, their POV just interests me more. However, with Eros I was completely engaged and I was never dying to read Kora's POV over his. Oh my goodness, the world-building is incredible. I'm still trying to figure out how Jae does it. We get to see all the different aspects of the Sepharon - from social to political to economic. Their advanced technology was really out of this world. It was also great seeing how an advanced [alien] civilization puts their advanced technology to - mostly - good use (ex. growing crops, eradicating disease, advanced medicine). Jae also delves into things like discrimination and prejudice. This alien world is really fantastic in the way it informs the reader but doesn't overwhelm. The action and suspense may have been the best part. I'd get to the last 100 pages and go, "oh no, oh no, oooohhhh nnnnooo!!!!". I usually read really slow but I was speeding through those pages, trying to get to the end and just hoping my favourite characters would be alright. Jae does not hesitate to destroy the reader's heart! I have to say, during those last 100 pages I wasn't sure if there was enough space to wrap things up - it was so suspenseful! BEYOND THE RED is one of my favourite books of 2017 and I'm seriously dying to read the sequel! Please add this book to your TBR immediately. You could absolutely hate sci-fi and this book would change your mind. If you love sci-fi, BTR will become one of your favourite series. I'm not sure how I'll survive until Fall 2017 (when the sequel comes out). Also, I'd buy this book for the hardback alone. That cover is gorgeous, but there's also a map and a glossary/pronunciation guide?! I read an advance reading copy of this book. This has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A romantic sci-fi with plenty of tension and good worldbuilding. The world was interesting and complicated, but still was familiar enough to be understandable. The characters were well written and had understandable goals. I liked Kora the best, I liked how she was a strong woman in the face of terrible odds. There's plenty of death, but also hope. I like books that can balance out the despair with optimism, and this book is one of those.
Date published: 2016-10-10

Editorial Reviews

"Kora is the first female ruler of the Sepharon in generations, but her ambitious twin brother, Dima, wants to rule in her stead. To that end, he is willing to do anything, including framing Kora for an assassination attempt on her fiancé, Serek. Meanwhile, Kora has taken as bodyguard and confidant the half blood Eros, whose mixed race makes him a pariah among both the nomadic human rebels of the planet and the citydwelling alien Sepharon, a tall, strong humanoid race with patterned skin, notched ears, and purple blood. In alternating chapters narrated by Eros and Kora, Jae spins a cinematic tale of forbidden love and Machiavellian politics. With detailed history, architecture, customs, inventions, and landscape, Jae creates a fascinating new world to explore. The breathless pace of the plot, smoldering romance between Kora and Eros, and inventive yet comfortably familiar world will engage science fiction and romance readers alike. A true cliff-hanger ending guarantees a sequel. Blogger and college student Jae has laid the groundwork for an entertaining series." —Booklist"Jae's debut novel introduces a unique alien world with a thrilling plot full of twists that are bound to appeal to sci-fi fans, particularly admirers of Avatar and Star Wars. The fast-paced and intense plotlines introduce deep concepts including segregation, homosexuality, and racism; however, the concepts and characters are not fully developed. The author builds a beautifully conceived world with unique details, such as language quirks, an alien monarch ruling system, and special meaning for phrases such as "golden eyes." The fun and engaging plot is predictable but enjoyable. VERDICT: An engaging and amusing read for fans of sci-fi romance." — School Library Journal"Jae's smooth worldbuilding and solid pacing make this a highly readable SF romance. Jae engages with the brutality of her setting and doesn't spare the central characters, who suffer terrible losses." —Publishers Weekly"Ava Jae’s Beyond the Red is a sand-swept fantasy of court politics, rebel attacks, and forbidden romance. While reading, I had flashes of Star Wars—a new planet, a fascinating culture, a fresh look on a ruler struggling to keep her power—and I had to know what happened next. Dangerous, exciting, and fast-paced, Beyond the Red is a story not to be missed.” —Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up“Packed with political intrigue and smoldering romance, Beyond the Red left me craving more of Kora’s and Eros’s story and the unique, fascinating universe that Ava Jae has created.” —Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done“Beyond the Red is a sweeping, compelling romance in a complicated and gritty world. Intrigue and heart on every page—I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be following Ava Jae to see what comes next!” —Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall“I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! What a fantastic debut, perfect for fans of Firefly and Star Wars. Ava Jae’s Beyond the Red packs a punch, a total thrill ride that will keep readers turning the pages. I stayed up all night reading it. From page one, I was sucked in. Jae’s writing style is a perfect mix of stop and go, and her world comes to life within the first few pages. The action was power-packed, and the star-crossed romance had me begging for more by the end.” —Lindsay Cummings, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zenith“Ava Jae has built such an interesting world in Beyond the Red. With forbidden romance, gritty action, and thrilling danger, this debut is one to watch. And here’s hoping for a sequel!” —S. E. Green, award-winning author of the Killer Instinct series“I loved Beyond the Red! Ava Jae’s science fiction world-building is a perfect blend of a fantastic, foreign alien civilization and achingly human desires all packed into an explosive mix. I couldn’t help but root for crafty Kora as she navigated court politics, revolutions, and dangerous secrets. And Eros! His determination balanced with a sense of humor about his fate made him such a swoon-worthy love interest. The action started swiftly and didn’t let up. I can’t wait to read more from Jae!” —Lindsay Smith, author of Sekret and Dreamstrider"A thrilling blend of science fiction and fantasy, Beyond the Red sketches out an exciting new world full of romance and intrigue. I can't wait for future installments!" —Kat Zhang, author of the Hybrid Chronicles series