Review by Edan
Title: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1)
Author: Brandon Mull
Jason Walker's life is turned upside down when he stumbles into the hippopotamus tank at the zoo. He is devoured by it's gaping jaws, but is not eaten. Jason soon finds himself in another world... Lyrian, where the evil wizard emperor, Maldor, rules with an iron fist. Jason accidentally happens upon the first syllable of the word to unmake Maldor and is thrown to the secret rebellion, where he meets another Beyonder from Earth, Rachel. Together they set off on a perilous quest to find the word. They must pick their friends and foes, evade the emperors destroying servants and maneuver through this strange world. And, in the end, will they ever live to find a way back home?
I really like this series. I am rereading it because I forgot what happened and need to read the third book, but it is still an awesome book. I love how creative Brandon Mull is. He created bizarre animals, plants, stories and other human-like races. Soon you really feel like you belong to Lyrian, like it is real world. Having read it before, it was easier to imagine all of the different objects. Jason is interesting. He is an average 8th grade boy who plays baseball and is a devote student. Somehow, he and Rachel manage and maneuver their way through Lyrian. Jason is stubborn at times and in the beginning, he doesn't understand the way that information is told, people act and the main principles of Lyrian. Rachel is also stubborn and hates the way women are treated there. Jason and Rachel are alike in many ways and make a good team. They are resourceful, careful, hurried and determined. I would really recommend the Beyonders for anyone who enjoys other world, fantasies and thrilling adventures.