BEYOND

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ADVENTURE YOUNG ADULT SCI-FI FANTASY ROMANCE

Contemporary

Maureen A. Miller

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Aimee Patterson walks into the woods on the other side of the pond and returns five years later with a tale she cannot share. Accidentally abducted by an alien spaceship, Aimee leaves North Carolina and travels to another galaxy where she encounters adventure, love, and danger.

Genre

Adventure,Young Adult,Sci-fi,Fantasy,Romance

Short Summary

Aimee Patterson is on her summer break before starting her first year of college. Walking the dog in the woods behind her house, she senses something hovering above the tree canopy. After passing out, she wakes in a strange room, staggered to see the planet Earth outside her window.


When an opportunity to return to Earth finally arrives, Aimee is faced with the quandary of staying with the man she has fallen in love with, or returning to her planet...her home.

Setting

North Carolina, an intergalactic spaceship, other galaxies

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Aimee Patterson

Age: 17-22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Decisive,Faithful,Honorable,Insecure,Selfless,Romantic,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Zak

Age: 21-22

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Underdog,Modest,Complex,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Skillful,Patriotic,Lone Wolf,Clumsy

Additional Character Details

Name: Salvan

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Vodu

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Decisive,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Leader,Selfless,Patriotic,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

What if you're walking your dog and an alien spaceship accidentally abducts you? Aimee Patterson is about to start college with the goal of becoming an engineer. When she is accidentally abducted by an alien space ship, with no recourse to return to Earth for five years, she uses the time to study the advanced technology. In that time, she also falls in love with a heroic young warrior. Their happiness is tempered, however, by an awkward scientist that seems eager to dissect her. The BEYOND series is an adventure for young and old alike. This four-book series follows Aimee and Zak through space and on Earth as they learn to adapt to each others’ world.

About The Author

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing. Maureen's first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website. Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense...just on another planet! Find more about Maureen at www.maureenamiller.com

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Maureen A. Miller

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1479329458

Genre

DRAMA, FANTASY

Brief

Aimee has just graduated from high school, living like a normal kid. She takes her dog out for a walk and wakes up on a spaceship. Aimee gets caught up in a galactic war that keeps her away from Earth for 5 years. She falls in love with Zak, a young traveler who was rescued from his ravaged homeland.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does accurately reflect the book. It, however, vaguely touches on the expanded storyline.

Draw of Story

The story begins with Aimee's abduction but it is not in the typical way alien abductions are portrayed. The other beings are humanoid and speak English. There has been a mix-up with Aimee and she was never meant to be taken. They are remorseful but can't take her home for another 5 years. The aliens are the backdrop to a coming of age story.

Possible Drawbacks

The story makes the aliens too conveniently human-like. There are no language barriers or many custom differences. The story focuses on Aimee and her evolution as a young woman on an unexpected journey. It doesn't feel like she is in a different world than where she came from. There is a lack of world building which would have added depth to the story.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Aimee is abducted at 17 years old. She finds herself on an adventure aboard a spaceship to distant places. I would watch this movie for the sci-fi aspect. There is a lighthearted tone to the story because of its young adult genre. There have not been many young adult stories about space exploration. This would be refreshing next to the dystopian future stories.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase because it is similar, in structure, to many young adult films. It also has some action, adventure and romance.

Awards Potential

This story does not have awards potential. There is nothing groundbreaking about the story, the structure or the characters.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT, LOST IN SPACE

What’s New About the Story

The story is original because is an alien abduction theme that doesn't involve horrific creatures and death. The focus is on Aimee and her journey of personal growth and adventure. She also finds love with Zak, a refugee on the ship. It could be more unique with deeper world building. It seemed exceptionally easy for Aimee to acclimate to the spaceship and the foreign world of space travel.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out in her reaction to her circumstances. She is described as a non-popular, average teenager and she ends up being a beloved member of the crew. She has a major role in helping during a crisis and opens herself up to love. She is a young woman who did the best she could with the situation she found herself in.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story with enough unique elements to make it interesting. It involves space travel, not because of a dying Earth and the need for human survival. It plays up a well known troupe with a young perspective.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This story has the elements for an interesting film and is set up to be a series. A young human woman, venturing into space, spending 5 years at a time having adventures. There are not many films like this right now. It does need to be developed more thoroughly and given more depth. There are some parts that are not believable.