Title: Beyond Yesterday | Series: The Beyond Saga #3 | Author: Greg Spry | Pub. Date: 2017-7-1 | Pages: 329 | ISBN13: 9780990822462 | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the author for review consideration.
After years of pushing the boundaries of interstellar spaceflight, Commander Maya Davis is ecstatic when she is promoted to captain. But her enthusiasm wanes when she discovers that her new assignment is a one-way mission.
After taking command of the space-time vessel Yesterday, Maya must travel back in time to discover how and why a piece of 23rd century technology appeared 200,000 years earlier. It’s an exciting opportunity–except for the one-way aspect. The best minds of her time say it’s impossible to return to the present.
Trapped in the distant past, Maya must choose between a peace that could condemn humanity to perpetual slavery, or a fight for freedom that involves deception, rebellion, and mass murder. Whatever she decides, her actions may very well erase an entire civilization from history.
Beyond Yesterday Review
As with the previous two books, I love that Spry’s characters are atypical. Both are women, neither are Caucasian, and one is a drug addict whose addiction is destroying her body. Neither are the sort of warm, friendly and/or motherly creatures that women so often get shoehorned into being. I am particularly drawn to Brooke Davis, and the reason why can be summed up in one quote.
“He was the only non-relative she had ever loved, and one of the few people she could actually stand. To her, the latter might’ve meant more than the former.”
Time travel is a theme in Beyond Yesterday, and fairly early on in the story, the author takes a few moments to lay out how time travel works in the Beyond universe. The multiverse theory is clearly illustrated and written so that the average reader will believe it to be plausible. I did like how plainly one of the characters lays out the problem with a potential trip to the past.
“Remember that arriving in the past causes an alternate timeline to unfold from that point onward,” [redacted] said “If we go back, we can never return.”
There’s a bit of an Ancient Aliens aspect to this book that will either amuse you, intrigue you, or turn you off, depending on how you view that type of thing.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as big of a fan of Beyond Yesterday as I was the previous two books. I’ll admit right now that this is probably partly due to my own issues at the moment. However, I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary explanation in this book. And, yes, truth be told, I just couldn’t get into the whole exobeings visiting our planet in the past thing. It was competently written, I just wasn’t interested. This disinterest plagued me, and made the first 200 pages of the book feel like a slog. Around the 200 page mark, though, things started to look up. Yes, when things start going kablooey, I’m bound to get interested.
Where I liked the covers on the first two books, I was not a fan of Beyond Yesterday’s cover. In a departure from the strong, confident woman/women displayed on the other covers, this time one of the characters very much looks like she’s suffering through massive pre-menstrual cramps. That pose, combined with the somewhat off-putting colors, meant a definite lack of visual appeal.
Beyond Yesterday is not a bad book, it simply did not interest me as much as the previous two books had. Greg Spry tackles the issues surrounding time travel with unbridled enthusiasm. He has not lagged in his development of the overarching plot of the Beyond Saga. I believe that most of his readers will be extremely happy with this entry into the saga.
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