Published by Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
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A story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.
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. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is 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.
Wow, I can’t believe that I never posted this review! Ah well, better late than never, right? 😉
I was a bit surprised when I started reading BEYOND THE RED, because I didn’t expect it to be written from multiple POV’s. Meet Eros, a half-blood who is trusted by virtually no one, and Kora, a queen to her people. They are complete opposites, and never should have met. But, after Kora gives the order to kill most of the red bloods, aka the humans, Eros happens to escape the bloodshed, and ends up becoming Kora’s personal servant instead. Mind you, he takes an oath to protect the girl who basically killed his family. Yeah, it sounds wrong to me too. But don’t worry- Ava Jae, the author, figured it all out. While the characters do have many conflicts, she brings them together in a way that is perfect.
One of the things that I love about Ava Jae was that she took details from normal, everyday life, and altered them slightly so that they would work in a sci-fi setting. To me, sci-fi can be hit or miss, depending on whether I can visualize the details, or whether it all goes over my head due to the science-y details. I’m happy to report that I was able to understand what was happening, and all new concepts were explained thoroughly, allowing me to read the book without confusion.
In terms of the characters, I enjoyed them, but they didn’t stand out to me as being incredible. I found the most vivid characters to be the villains, and I was happily surprised to see that there were multiple villains with separate agendas in BEYOND THE RED, which was very unique, and it definitely made the plot more interesting. As far as the romance goes, there is a love triangle, and it was fine. I have no complaints- and the ending was perfect.
Overall I enjoyed Beyond the Red and give it 4/5stars.