I was given a copy via netgalley in exchange for a fair review
The best thing about this book is the Welsh Corgi.
He’s the main character of the story. Let no else dissuade you from that.
I enjoyed Beyonders, it def had a good sense of mystery and intrigue. Though at times the scientific jargon was a bit too much. I’ve read a lot of thrillers especially concerning Ancient World mysteries and they have the same problem.
In order to write an alternate history or to present a conspiracy theory, you have to make it sound interesting. But there should be a limit within how much you present as scientific jargon, and how much you present it as dialogue.
The problem I had, was while this referenced Assassin’s Creed (fantastic!) it went too much like Salvation (A US TV show based on an incoming doomsday) which had too many confusing character arcs. In the sense that Jake, and Liam Cole are very similar. They keep going on and on with the jargon. I don’t know much, but all I would say is to make it less scientific and more engaging. Okay so, for example, I’ve read about climate change. What new can you tell me about it? Say what’s happening in the Brazilian Rainforests? From a distance, I don’t know much about it until I hear it from a person that’s directly affected by it. Does it affect a farmer? Does it affect an individual?
The pacing was a bit too fast for me. At times we went from so many different locations that at the end this is a problem I have with comic book movies. You are going so fast I would have preferred to stay in one place. Like, say Asterix and Obelix. Every city you went to. you spent at least 2-3 pages here. At one point we were in Istanbul, the next in another city etc.
That would be my honest criticism.
However, don’t let this dissuade you. If you want an action-filled adventure comic that we don’t get about enough more connecting mysterious ancient conspiracies, then look no further than Beyonders.
I really want the next series to go to Ancient Egypt. Please add a time machine! One of the problems I have with plots like this sure we’re always in the Modern day. Why not have some perspectives of the Ancient People? What would they think? Its always interesting to you know to do this. I’ve read 1636 by Eric Flint and the entire series is people from the 21st century interacting with people from 1636? If all we see is another order bent on saving/destroying the world, why don’t we push this a little further? Why don’t we have a time travelling ministry or a machine that has been run by the Ancient Egyptians? They probably have a secret order that has existed for all eternity and in the end they may return to conquer the world and they’re all agents of Pharoah Tutmose III who in all accounts was the Napoleon of Egypt.
Just my thoughts!