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Beyond the Night (Envy Chronicles #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,164 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware, comes the award-winning paranormal romance series set in a devastated world.

Everything they knew is gone...
From the remnants of devastation, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated wor
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published by Avid Press (first published January 12th 2010)
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Jan 23, 2010 Auntee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal/ horror/ romance; fans of post apocalyptic stories like "The Stand".
This is going to be a really hard one to review, because it's going to be hard not to give away any spoilers, and because there's so much going on. As it often is with first books in a series, there's a lot the author has to do to set up the story, but Joss Ware does a pretty fine job laying the groundwork for the Awakening Heroes series. And BTW, that is an excellent and appropriate name for the series, because the hero of this book turned out to be a real HERO in every sense of the word.

The Holy Terror
Jan 28, 2010 The Holy Terror rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
4.5 Stars!

I'm a big fan of Colleen Gleason and when I found out she was writing a new series under a new name, a post-apocalyptic zombie romance no less, I knew I had to read it as soon as it came out. I loved this book and I can't wait for the sequel, but there were a few things that bothered me and kept me from giving it the full five stars.

A small group of men went hiking in Arizona and entered a cave, only to be caught in some sort of earthquake. When they emerged, the whole world had change
P.A. Lupton

I liked this book WAY more than I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, it was recommended by someone I trust so I knew I’d like it, I just didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Why? First, because I have never read any Dystopian novels (well, not since the Chrysalids in High School) and the description just didn’t appeal to me. That sounds terrible, but I’m being honest. I would have never read this book based on the blurb. I only read it because it was a good friend I trust who recommended i
I was so excited to find a book combining so many unique elements that I love; post-apocalyptic mayhem, adventure, paranormal romance and zombies. How could it disappoint, right? Unfortunately, after a promising start, this book completely fell apart.

For the first 75 pages, I was riveted to this story. It was only after the band of survivors made their way to the city of Envy (a barren version of Las Vegas) that things went south for me. The story became less a zombie ass-kicking adventure, and
So thankful to Kristie(J) and Nath for bringing this series to my attention. I've been getting into the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre for awhile now. However, most of what I've read has been of the YA variety, aside from a few adult titles, like The Road by Cormac McCarthy. So I was uberexcited to hear that this series combined both post-apocalyptic AND romance.

Part Resident Evil, part I Am Legend, throw in a little Atlantis conspiracy theory and add romance and you've got yourself the beginn
Jul 28, 2011 Angie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Particulièrement mauvais!

Il passe 50 ans dans une sorte de stase, mais à son réveil, il n'a qu'une seule pensée: "zut, 50 ans que je n'ai pas utilisé mon spaghetti, ça fait long je n'en peux plus!". Donc forcément, la 1ère femme qui passe et montre un peu de peau l'excite comme un fou. Malheureusement, cela tombe sur Jade (bien qu'il la prenne pour la putain de Babylon, oui il est un romantique), et entre eux il y a une tension sexuelle omniprésente et lourde au possible. Cela n'en finit pas jus
I thought this book was really slow to start, and was basically forcing myself to read hoping it would get better. When I reached the 125 page point things had started to pick up, but I realized that I didn't care what was going on. The zombie like creatures could have gotten all of the characters and it wouldn't matter to me as this book just couldn't hold my interest.
Mar 14, 2016 Joanita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, gr2016
YES! Finally a new series I can sink my teeth into. It’s feels like it’s been a while since I’ve gotten hold of a really good series. I knew 1/3 of the way in I was going to read the entire Envy Chronicles. Beyond the Night is exactly what I needed to get over the ho hum ‘too much romance not enough action’ slump I have found myself in.

There are usually three things I want in a story to make me happy. A good plot, good characters, and action/suspense that keeps me guessing. Beyond the Night has
Ellen Christian
Jan 23, 2010 Ellen Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok you caught me. There's no better way to relax at the end of the day than with a good romance book. If you combine romance with science fiction, it's even better! Beyond the Night is a paranormal romance that takes place in Earth's future. A group of men are spelunking in a cave in Arizona when they feel an earthquake hit. When they wake up, the world has changed. Cities are in ruin. It's clear to them that something catastrophic has happened. There are dangerous monsters that resemble zombies ...more
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Aug 09, 2012 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF/PNR readers looking for something different
Really different...a breath of fresh air!...Has something for every lover of PNR/UF!


Everything they knew is gone...
From the remnants of devastation, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone.

When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what's left of civilization has been repressed by crysta
The world-building was incredible, but the romance felt like a sidenote, as did the characterization. I didn't really care for any of the characters except maybe Quent and Zoe because their ONE scene was hotter than any of Jade and Elliot's were... which is kind of sad. The last 30 or so pages took me two days to finish - I was very bored at that point. I also could have done without the vivid description of abuse at the end - that turned my stomach and made me not want to finish the book. Proba ...more
Julie James
Nov 14, 2009 Julie James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The world building is incredible--loved the characters and the story, too. I stayed up late to finish the book because I simply couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the second book in the series!
Feb 20, 2016 Lorna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
( had never been into dystopian books much until I had some good luck with a couple of different series. Recently I found another series thanks to Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality blog, and the author is Colleen Gleason, although she is writing as Joss Ware. Since I really enjoy this author’s work, it was easy to slip right into a different genre by her.

Most of the world died in 2010 and nobody is really sure why-extreme weather events, earthquakes, and people simply droppi
**2.5 stars**

Beyond the Night made me realize that I have a weakness for heroes that are doctors. Not because of all the prestige that comes with their profession but because they are usually portrayed as really caring men who want to make a difference in the world.

So obviously I loved Elliot and Jade was a good woman for him. They fell in love very quickly but hey, this was a post apocalyptic romance so there's really not a lot of time to waste. The bad part of this book was said post apocalyp
Dr. Elliott Drake is not at all comfortable in the world. It could be the ganga - zombie-like creatures who roam the night. Or it could be because of the fifty years that lapsed between when his group entered and exited that cave, the fifty years he has no memory of and that apparently did not age him. Civilization collapsing while he was "away" didn't really help, either. When he and his friends rescue a group of stupid kids who got stuck outside at night, he meets Jade. She is gone before morn ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
When I first started reading this, I was unsure of what to think. I thought I might struggle through it, but that was because of all of the worldbuilding. For a dystopian, post-apocalyptic series like this one, that was necessary. It reminded me of the first books in the Kate Daniels and Hollows series. Their worlds weren't really dystopian, but they had major changes to their worlds that significantly changed things. This book was like that and since you have to set up the rules for the new wor ...more
Jane Stewart
Good for action and events in a post-apocalyptic world. Not as good for emotional connection, but ok.

In June, 2010, “The Change” happened to earth. Earthquakes caused parts of continents to sink into the oceans. Severe weather caused buildings to collapse. For unknown reasons, most humans collapsed and died. A small percentage of people survived including Lou and his brother Theo. They live in a community of survivors in Envy, Nevada. At the time of the change, six guys were in a cav
Lover of Romance
Dr. Elliot Drake wakes up, not knowing what has fully happened, but realizes he has somehow, with his friends, have been put in some sort of stasis for fifty years. He finds that the world that he has known, has been destroyed. Only hundreds of humans are left alive, now those who are called "Strangers" control the world and are immortal, he knows that there is definitely not the world he wants to be in, but tries to make the best of current circumstances. Having been a doctor before all this ha ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Okay, I did like this book over all, but I really don't enjoy Zombie books. I know weird I love all other types of paranormal books, but not Zombies. This world has what they call Gangas (zombies) and they also have Strangers who are immortals hell bent on destroying humans. The gangas need human flesh to survive, which is why they are hell bent on attacking humans. The main characters are a group of super strong super hot men who are enlisted to help kill the strangers, so that in turn they can ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Dr. Elliot Drake fell into a mysterious coma where he slept for fifty years. What he awakens to is a frightening new world where cell phones, electricity, and computers don't work any more. Elliot along with his four friends try to understand this new world and find their place in it. The men come across a group of teenagers being chased by gangas who are from Envy. Jade can't use her real name because she doesn't want to be captured by the Strangers again. Jade makes mad dash between gangas and ...more
Jill Dunlop
Aug 09, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Beyond the Night is the first book in a new series by Joss Ware. It takes place in a post apocalyptic world when six men find that they have been asleep for 50 years in a cave. They went to an expedition, major environmental destruction happened ending the world as they knew it and they woke up not having aged at all but the world was completely different. It is only safe for them to travel during the day because at night these zombie-like creatures come out to feast. Elliott Drake meets a myste ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 24, 2011 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
OMG, I am so excited about this series. This was a phenomenal first book to get it all going. This is a post-apocalyptic world created by Joss Ware and it is brilliant!

Elliott and 5 others were hiking in a cave near Sedona when the apocalypse happened. Something about where they were hiking caused them to sleep through the next 50 years. When they woke up, it was 50 years after the world fell to ruin, but they hadn't aged a day and even had new powers that they are still discovering. T
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İlk başlarda biraz sıkıldım.Hemde ciddi anlamda.
Olaylar yeni, kavramlar, karakterler yeni olunca birazda zorlandım algılamada.
Ama azmettim ve ilerledim :)
Dediğim gibi farklı bir dünya çizmiş yazar.Aslında bilindik bir dünyaya farklı bir bakış açısı
serpiştirip eklemelerde bulunmuş.
Tahmini olarak olaylar 2010 yılında meydana gelmiş.Büyük depremler,yangınlar,seller...Kısacası felaketler.Ani ölümler, bilinmeyen türler.İnsan sayısı azalmış doğal olarak.

Konuya değinirsek;Elliot,Simon,Quentin,Fence ve
Taria Reed
I really liked this first book of the series. Elliot was amazing. Honestly he was way too perfect. He had such compassion and emotion. Jade had her moments but was overall likeable. I did have one "WTF" moment it was when (view spoiler) ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I will admit when I first started this book I was a little disappointed in the very beginning because I thought I had been tricked into reading a YA book. The beginning of the book opens with a bunch of teenagers. Not that I don't like YA but I wasn't in the mood for it at the time. Thankfully the plot quickly took off and I was sucked into this definitely not YA. Book 1 in this series is a lot of world building but I was totally on board with the story that Ms. Ware was spinning. I could defini ...more
Nichole (Dirrty H)
This book has an awesome premise, but unfortunately was just really boring. When finishing a book sounds like a chore, especially a book that's meant to be fluffy and escapist, it's not worth it. I have too many other things to read.
There was no chemistry between the characters and the requisite obstacle to the relationship was, dare I say, STUPID. The secondary characters were flat. The only good thing this book had was a great premise/setting. I'd almost be interested in reading subsequent boo
Jan 23, 2015 Erinsie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Interesting world-building and entertaining writing, but with bad editing, huge plot holes, change of POV with no warning, and THE most inappropriately-timed sex scene ever.

Rating: 7 out of 10 eyerolls.
Rating system: 1 Eye Roll = Yes, More Please; 10 Eye Rolls = Seriously?

I bought "Beyond the Night" on Kindle because I was mostly entertained by Joss/Colleen's Gardella Vampire series and because I'm stuck in a paranormal rut and I'm tapping the bottom of the "popular reads" barrel. I di
Nov 28, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the Night
by Joss Ware

The world is forever changed. The ocean is now in the middle of Nevada and zombie-like creatures patrol the night. Dr. Elliott Drake wakes up after a fifty-year sleep to find that things are very different, including himself.

Jade is a woman who’s trying to recover from captivity and make the world a better place. When she meets Elliott, her world changes.

Mystery abounds in this Urban Fantasy story. No one understands why the world changed but they are determined to
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“A teen boy's wet dream, right here, right in front of him. Elliott closed his eyes, trying to reason with his raging erection, which argued, Come on, come on, it's been fifty years. 2 likes
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