A World Without Heros (Beyonders #1) by Brandon Mull
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
It took a while for me to get into this book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading, but I didn't feel completely immersed in the story until later in the book. I read it with a writer's perspective and I thought that he used a lot of great descriptive words. I liked how he wrote the passage of time (from day to night) and kept up the pace while they were traveling (something that I'm looking at in my own writing). I did think that the main character, Jason, made more mature decisions than a typical 13 year old (I know, I have one). It didn't bother me though because otherwise we wouldn't have a story. I just imagined him being older. The story picked up at the end with more action, a crazy twist and a cliffhanger. I ended up enjoying the book and look forward to reading the sequels.