Beyond the World by T.J. & M.L. Wolf
Published by Amazon KDP on December 20, 2018
Series: The Survival Trilogy, #3
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, science fiction, suspense
Format & Length: paperback, 308
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In 2020, a year after an out-of-this-world encounter in Chinatown, Una Waters ventures into Yosemite National Park with General Ashcroft, on their honeymoon. When a coded distress call pulls him unexpectedly away on duty, Una uncovers a UFO mystery and turns to compadre Jack Howser for help. Joined by friends from Explorers Club, their quest for answers leads to a string of unworldly campsites, ancient caves, living pterosaurs, and a military manhunt–all fueled by an Alien conspiracy that threatens the survival of humanity! Una comes to realize that Fear of the Unknown may be our greatest obstacle, and the fight to overcome it requires Transformation: a willingness to let go of the Lies we hold dear.
Beyond the World is the final book in The Survival Trilogy that speculates on the idea of extraterrestrial life.
“I guess they don’t appreciate our meddling.”
This particular installment takes place in Yosemite National Park, picking up a year after the events in the second book. And the scale of the story has grown even further to pull the first two books together in this conclusion. Not only that, the speculation has developed as well, incorporating even more mysterious events and characters. In that way, Beyond the World vaguely reminds me of a movie I recall watching over a decade ago: Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders. While this book was not meant to be as comedic or corny as the cartoon, there were enough elements with that vibe that it struck me on more than one occasion.
The concept of this trilogy is thoroughly intriguing, but there were some aspects that didn’t fully work for me. First, there was an excessive use of italics to drill home points that I felt could have been made clear without needing to place it so deliberately for the reader. Second, I found several instances in which an overuse of pronouns made it difficult to follow dialogue easily. And lastly, the big showdown towards the end of the book was confusing, leaving me with a slightly unsatisfied feeling. That being said, other elements of the writing that gave me pause in the first couple books were definitely improved here.
“Well some people say, these points of overlap allow passage from one dimension of reality to another. Invisible to the naked eye—but real nonetheless.”
A high stakes story speculating about other life in the universe and how they might communicate and mingle with us, Beyond the World and this trilogy as a whole will probably appeal to fans of this niche genre.
*Thanks to the authors for providing a copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.