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A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,839 Ratings  ·  2,228 Reviews
Jason tumbles into a quest to save a magical in this #1 New York Times bestselling start to Brandon Mull’s Beyonders fantasy series.

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 welcom
Paperback, 454 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Aladdin (first published March 1st 2011)
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Nathan Bunge Maldor only sends his worst threats to Harthenham. If you try to work against him he most likely just kill you. You have to be an actual threat. Maybe…moreMaldor only sends his worst threats to Harthenham. If you try to work against him he most likely just kill you. You have to be an actual threat. Maybe Maldor wanted people to think he was afraid of Jason because he knew the word. (less)
Meera19 I could not put the book down. I swear I am reading every one of these books. Brandon Mull is an amazing writer. This book has captivated me by the a…moreI could not put the book down. I swear I am reading every one of these books. Brandon Mull is an amazing writer. This book has captivated me by the a million. You would enjoy reading it. (less)

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
A World Without Heroes is a 'grew on me' book. Initially, I was not sure I liked the tone at all. At first, I thought it would read more like a Disney film than a weighty young adult fantasy novel with potential. As I listened, my feelings started to change. The idea is not new, but the in- between steps of the journey proved interesting. While I am not extensively well read, not in the least, in epic fantasy, I appreciate the quest as a foundation for a story. Fairy tales (which I am very well- ...more

There are so many disappointing YA books lately, since the genre has grown rapidly within a very short period of time, it almost seems like authors are writing books with only a stroke of a pencil. Not thinking hard enough. The plots are forgettable, unintelligent and always comes with an uncomfortable threesome.

Which is why I have turned my back to them for now and concentrating on "novel" and "Middle Grade lit".

This book had one of the most imaginative and amazing first chapter I have read i
Mike (the Paladin)
Let me say...I liked Harry Potter. Garth Nix, most of his books I enjoy greatly. I have read a lot of YA books that I really enjoyed.

This isn't one of them.

While I can't say I hate this book or anything like that, I don't even intensely dislike it, mostly, I was just glad to get through it. I'd call this more of a juvenile book than a YA or even a Youth book. The characters in the book, the relationships in the book all are just very young.

I mean let's face it. Our Hero gets to the magical land
Apr 03, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm normally a big fan of Mull's work. Especially the awesome Fablehaven series. He manages to ground the fantasy in realistic, honest characters...which is just the thing that's missing from the first book in the Beyonders series.

The story behind the Beyonders is interesting, but he plops a couple of characters into the action with essentially no exposition. We don't know the characters, we don't care about them, and we're not invested in their success or failure.

Beyond that, the story feels l
I LOVED Fablehaven, so was excited to see a new Brandon Mull book.

But I was disappointed that this was no Fablehaven. The book redeems itself in the end, and I am genuinely looking forward to a sequel, but my goodness the first third of this book is as bad as I've ever read. Besides a choppy pace and a character we know almost nothing about (and therefore care nothing about), the editor let sentences like, "He extended his hand probingly" and "The sand stopped his submergence." get by. Is 'subme
May 14, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kidlit
Dang, but Brandon Mull's imagination is a weird place! In this first book in a new trilogy, he's created some of the most truly inventive and fascinating flora and fauna I've ever seen! Displacers, Seed People, three tailed rats whose kidneys taste like dessert . . . okay that last one made me gag a bit. But apparently our hero, Jason, liked it, so who am I to argue? And speaking of Jason, what a great lead character, a perfect depiction of the average jr. high age boy, thrown into this crazy ne ...more

A World Without Heroes is one of those books that frustrates me. It has great ideas but yet it tells its story in the same clichéd manner as every other children's fiction work out there. Were I to name some YA or children's works better and more nuanced than this I could rattle them out off the top of my head: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Bartimeus Trilogy, Steelheart, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Stoneheart and the list continues...
I did however rate this
Michelle Isenhoff
I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with this book. It took me a week to really give it a chance. I thought the writing style rather rough, with awkward word choices and excessive adjectives and adverbs. But as I moved into the heart of the adventure, I became hooked. Once I really started, I finished it in just two days, and it’s a 450 page book. Here’s what got me:

Jason Walker happened upon the strangest portal between worlds ever. After an episode involving a hippopotamus and the musical
Jan 20, 2011 Librarysteph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen boys, fans of adventure and fantasy, baseball fans,
Recommended to Librarysteph by: Simon & Schuster Canada
Shelves: high-fantasy
This is a fantastic book of adventure that will appeal to both boys and girls. Jason’s quest is interesting and full of cool creatures and characters. From the very first quote, full of irony, I knew I would enjoy Mull’s sense of humour. There was a chapter near the end of the book where I was laughing out loud in fits of giggles because it was so ridiculous and awesome.
I have mixed feelings about an enemy who has the power to kill instantly but prefers to toy with his victims. This is overly co
To be honest, I haven’t read anything from Brandon Mull yet, notwithstanding his well-known children’s series Fablehaven (which I certainly would like to check out some time), not until Beyonders: A World Without Heroes. I’ve been seeing this on GR for a while now, so imagine my exhilaration as soon as I found this on Booksale’s crammed shelves; thus, I momentarily purchased it without any second thoughts.

The story kicks off when a 13-year old middle-grader, Jason, heard an unusual sound coming
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Thirteen year old Jason had a very unexciting life. He was just like any other teenager. He went to school and worked part-time at a zoo after school. One day, Jason thought he heard music coming from the hippo’s mouth (yes you read it right, music from a hippo’s mouth). When he leaned over the railing to investigate he thought the music was coming from INSIDE the hippo. He leaned too much and fell into the hippo’s mouth which wasn’t really any hippo’s mouth but a doorway to the world of Lyrian. ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Fredrik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Di luar dugaan...
buku ini ternyata LEBIH BAGUS daripada ekspektasiku (yang memang sudah menduga kalau ini akan bagus)! xD

Untuk standar sebuah novel bagi middle grade and children, buku pertama Beyonders ini layak dapat 5 bintang. Top.
Ceritanya, twist-nya, humornya, pesannya... Hai(n)yaaa~ <3

Juga yang menarik adalah karena cara bercerita di buku ini, apalagi dialognya, justru mengingatkanku pada game-game adventure di PC, khususnya serial Monkey Island (which is one of my favorite games ever!)
Dec 15, 2010 Cheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, wishlist
I just finished the advanced reading copy of Beyonders A World Without Heroes. This was a fast paced read, very hard to put down. The book will not be released until March 22, 2011. Although this book is geared for middle readers, it will be enjoyed by all ages from young to old. Brandon Mull is a great writer. I am a big fan of Fablehaven but I think this new series may just top Fablehaven, I can't wait for the next book in the series!!!
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
{December 8th, 2014} MINI-REVIEW

“In short, heroism means doing the right thing regardless of the consequences.”

2.5 stars (ouch much?).

Apparently I never did the review or update for this one, my bad. Been so scatterbrained lately with all the preparations for Christmas and my trip that will beginning on December 21st. It has been absolutely insane as of late! And I think another reason why I hadn't done anything about this book was because it felt so meh. And here it started out so promising..
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
From the author of the Fablehaven series comes another highly imaginative world full of unique characters and interesting plot twists. I like it when characters are smart - even the bad guys. I like it when things I can’t predict happen and they make perfect sense.

This books starts with a prologue that is a very gripping description of a warrior in a dungeon chained to a wall, suffering both physically and mentally. He is determined not to break and tell his captor what he wants to know.

The prin
Erica (daydreamer)
Well, quite a fantastic adventure I must say! A World Without Heroes is certainly a very imaginative, creative story in a very intriguing, strange world. It will definitely appeal to all Fablehaven fans (and if it doesn’t, well something must be wrong with you ;), and pretty much any young teenager looking for a fantastical adventure. I really enjoyed reading it.

The two main characters, Jason and Rachel, are two teenagers who unintentionally get sucked from our world into a whole new, magical w
Mar 27, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the second time because I needed a refresher before I read Book #2. It was a good thing too, because I realized that I had forgotten so much. I didn't even really remember the biggest point of the story - the climax - until I was nearly done.

Second time through was still fun. I was a little impatient, though, because I was anxious to start the second book. Therefore, I didn't find it as fascinating as the first time, but still enjoyable. Still leaving it with a four star ra
Cintya Larasinta
cukup 2 kata adalah LUAR BIASA!

ini kisah petualangan penuh FANTASI yg luar biasa, humor, imajinasi dengan dialog2 cerdas dan rapi. Saya tidak pernah membaca buku Brandon Mull sebelumnya ketika saya mencoba penasaran mengambil buku ini. Dari halaman pertama saya bnr2 terpaku dengan pembukaan gelap dan kuat yang mendorong pembaca ke dunia Lyrian. setiap halamannya berisi petualangan, drama, loyalitas dan pengkhianatan
An Odd1
Feb 04, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"A World Without Heroes" (Beyonders 1) by Brandon Mull is Lyria. One wizard remains, a tyrant ruler vulnerable to a secret magic word who discourages opposition. A few skilled adults in turn aid two foretold saviors, American children (13 is barely teen) uncommonly skilled in knife and bow, but not paddling (unlikely in Canada). Circumstances propel them more than courage. I feel danger to the pair more than Lyrians met once. Author imagination is creative; reader (my) involvement superficial. M ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barangkali akan menjadi buku pamungkas saya di tahun ini, dan buat saya, sepanjang tahun 2013 ini saya sudah membaca sejumlah buku yang cukup menyenangkan. Diawali dengan First oleh Azura--yang dipas-pasin aja sebagai buku pertama yang saya baca di tahun 2013--dan diakhiri dengan Beyonders oleh Brandon Mull yang sangat bagus, yang termasuk segelintir dari sedikit buku yang saya kasih lima bintang tahun ini.

Belum-belum udah curhat. :v

Saya biasanya selalu suka dengan cerita fantasi ala game RPG ya
Mar 07, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Jason is a middle school student who is great at baseball and works at a zoo (I don't know how someone in middle school gets a job at a zoo, but we move past that very quickly). One day while working he is transported through the hippo cage to another world called Lyrian where an evil wizard emperor holds all the power. There he meets Rachel, who was also transported from Earth to Lyrian. With the help of scattered rebels, they must fine a secret word that can be used to destroy the emperor.

Rhiannon Ryder
May 10, 2011 Rhiannon Ryder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a HUGE Fablehaven fan. The hubby introduced me to the series by buying the box set of the first four books for me one Christmas or birthday or some such, and they launched a bit of a mania, to say the least. This was compounded by the non-release of the concluding part- Keys to the Demon Prison, in Canada, which meant I had to wait an extra month before sinking my teeth into it. So it goes without saying I was going to read The Beyonders series with bells on.

It took me awhile to get to it (
Abduraafi Andrian
Satu lagi kisah fiksi fantasi yang epik! Sangat klasik! Dan ... tebal!

Awalnya aku ragu dengan novel setebal hampir 600 halaman ini. Dengan kertas buram dan berat yang hampir 300 gram (kurang lebih). Tapi, itu baru kesan pertama dari bentuk luar. Seperti sebuah kurma yang keriput dan terlalu tidak menarik jika dilihat, tetapi bila dimakan terasa manis dan legit. Abaikan!

Ya, memang, awalnya juga aku menebak-nebak kisah dari negeri manakah, kisah dari mitologi bangsa apakah yang diceritakan oleh om
Brennan Sarich
Good book, but started out a little stilted.

There are times when Mull really hits his stride, and then there are other times where you really feel like the writing is getting in the way.

The one thing this book does well is the setting. The world is very, very interesting, and the quest is interesting, even if it is formulaic. Sadly, the main characters aren't very interesting. They try, but it's train wreck. The best characters (Jasher and Ferrin) are only there as plot devices, which is too bad
Despair Speaking
I'm actually glad I decided to get my own copy of Beyonders just a few months ago. Because if I got this earlier, I probably would've gone insane wondering what will happen next. Since I'm a late fan, that means the last book will come out quite soon. Otherwise... I don't even want to think about it.

The main character, Jason, is a volunteer in a zoo and happened to be hanging around the hippo tank when he heard this strange music. Wondering if someone dumped a music player inside the tank, he ch
Apr 20, 2011 Tish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as I enjoyed Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. There didn't seem to be much character development so that even by the end of the story, I didn't really care what happened to the main characters. In addition, the author didn't really seem to build up any suspense so that the big "shocker" at the end wasn't. Jason, the main character, says he is totally wiped out by what he learns, but I never felt it. Also, I would have preferred to find out more about the links ...more
I finally enjoyed a fantasy book!!!!!! This book is meant for like 12 year olds, but still, i got through it. It's also can be quite slow at points, but overall it was really good! Can't wait for the second one.
Dylan Halverson
Mar 26, 2014 Dylan Halverson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts out on Earth. Jason is a regular kid with a regular life. While working at the zoo he magically gets swallowed by a Hippo and is transported to a whole new world. This world is in chaos. They are ruled by a wicked wizard named Maldor. The only way to defeat him is to find a magic "WORD" and say it in his presence and he will be destroyed. Along his travels we find a girl that is from Earth and in the same situation as him. Together they travel in search of the "WORD" to destroy M ...more
Ira Book Lover
Sep 29, 2015 Ira Book Lover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
... kepahlawanan berarti melakukan kebenaran, apa pun konsekuensinya. Kendati siapa pun bisa, hanya sedikit yang cocok dengan gambaran tentang pahlawan. Pilihlah hari ini untuk menjadi salah satu dari mereka.

---hal 141

Bisa dibayangkan tidak bagaimana sebuah dunia tanpa pahlawan? Semuanya diem aja ditindas sama penguasa yang jahat. Kalaupun ada pahlawan, si penguasa ini terlalu cerdik untuk mengatasinya. Si pahlawan jadi hancur secara menyakitkan sehingga orang-orang lain tidak mau mengikuti je
Once again Brandon Mull comes through with some great entertainment. Beginning with the main character's trip down the mouth of a large hippo at his local zoo readers get to enjoy a completely different world. This book is classic Mull. There were several times where we were surprised by a development only to say, "We should have known!"
Happily the fun is only beginning. Sadly, we have to wait for the second book. I can't wait.
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“You're just a character in my dream."
"You wish."
"I didn't mean my love interest," she replied defensively. "You'd have better hair. You're the character I dreamed up because the rest of the dream was making me homesick."
"Maybe you're the character I dreamed up to scare myself awake."
"That's not very nice!"
"You made fun of my hair. I like it this way. Short and simple."
I don't mind short. Mine is short."
"Then what's wrong with mine?" Jason challenged.
"Maybe we should talk about something else."
"Like the guy on a horse coming to kill us?"
"It needs more style," she muttered.
"The horse?"
"Your hair."
"I forgot to bring my gel when I got eaten by a hippo.”
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