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(The Other Horizons Trilogy #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Never try to open the locked doors. Never question what you are told. And never attempt to cross the Boundary.

Kept inside an eerie estate for their entire lives, Penny and her five friends have had no contact with the outside world, with their only windows being a handful of books, a sinister master and a secretive housekeeper.

Fed up of living a mystery, Penny begins break
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 11th 2015 by Lodestone Books
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Becky Shaknovich
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I hate to say negative things about people's hard work, but I have to be honest. This was one of the worst books I've ever read in its entirety. Too many undeveloped characters, plot holes, completely unrelatable motivations. Like, someone's keeping a secret or something really weird happens, but the characters just drop it and do something else? Plus, there are spelling/editing errors on nearly every page. Sometimes more than one per page. I know this isn't really the author's fault, but it's t ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The definition of Boundary is something that a teenager will attempt to cross every time they are told not to. Penny and her friends grew up isolated with everything they could need. But, in a gothic Victorian style mansion. Sounds awesome in my opinion. The story has a dark menacing vibe to it that's great for atmospheric feels. Of course, these kids cause some trouble and stuff happens that I won't tell you. Overall a good read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Review coming soon.
Rach Lawrence
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books.

*I was provided a copy of Boundary by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

To an outside observer, Penny and her five friends live a life of luxury. They have everything they need provided for them, they live in a mansion, and they can do almost whatever they want within the boundary of that space. But it’s that boundary that makes Penny question everything around her. Touching the invisible wall
Andrew Cairns
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Captivating atmospheric novel with twists and turns!
Aimed at young adults, the story follows a group of six teenagers growing up in a strange mansion surrounded by an impenetrable 'boundary'. The other main characters are Beatrix - a kindly teacher/cook/healer and Madon - the cruel enigmatic master of the house.
It has elements of Harry Potter, Hunger Games or the film The Village, while managing to create it's own unique supernatural Victorian era atmosphere and captivating story with twists and
Nigel Cooper
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read novels aimed at the young adult market, but this is a really interesting premise - well written and keeps the reader on edge throughout. Penny's journey from dissatisfaction to questioning the 'boundary' to full on rebellion is compelling - as is her relationship with her friends. Nicely set up for the sequel, also. A lovely, supernatural Victorian thriller. ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great YA book, with a fresh and interesting story. Considering this is her first book and she's quite young herself, the author has done a fantastic job. I did catch a few minor spelling inaccuracies, but otherwise it was a fluid read. The plot also leaves a strong opening for the next book in the series.

Ray Simmons
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boundary: Book One of the Other Horizons Trilogy by Mary Victoria Johnson is a tale of a group of children being raised in an old English manor in a forest. They have no contact with the outside world and for fifteen years they only see and know two people. First and foremost is the Master, Madon, a cruel and dark man with magical powers whose only purpose seems to be to mete out punishments. The other person to inhabit their strange little world is Beatrix a prim woman of around sixty who acts ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I'd like to thank the publishers and NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review.*

This story made me think of Harry Potter meets Doctor Who but in such a strange, crazy, messed up way? The writing was good and initially, the story was very intriguing and engaging but it started going down a very weird path at some point. It's probably mainly because there were so many mysterious things going on, too many riddles unsolved and unexplained, all those bizarre things without a
Kristy McRae
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Given that the author was only 14 when she wrote this, I give her a star for effort. I think she has potential. That said, I just couldn't love this book. The setting was vaguely Victorian, but there were lots of inconsistencies, especially in the language used by characters. I found myself wondering what time period the author was really shooting for. Also LOTS of grammatical and spelling issues! This isn't the author's fault entirely--where was the proofreader? But still, it was a huge distrac ...more
Bobbi Madderra
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Although well written, I didn't find this book to be up my alley. Though please take my review with a grain of salt, as I felt it just didn't speak to me. I found myself lack-luster in enthusiasm as I began this book, and by page 110 I was no more interested in the plot than I had be at the beginning. Something about the way that the characters are presented make them less relateable to me, and I am unable to connect. ...more
Destiny Bridwell
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this for a fair and honest review. Penny and the others seem to live in a world that seems perfect, but that is only a smoke screen. They are cut off from the outside world and thing change when Penny longs for something that is just out of her grasp. This is the first book in The Other Horizons. What she wants changes the fates of all those involved. 
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Six children have grown up inside the boundary, all they know of outside comes from books and who knows how much of that is fiction? One dreams of freedom, days that are not repeats, where the master does not control them. Will their friendships survive the trails that will grant such freedom. Will they survive at all?
This flowed so well that there a couple nights I didn't stop reading until I saw the sky lightening on a new day. This is dark and edgy. There was never a moment where I said this is a good point to take a rest. Ugh. No. There was no rest while reading this fresh take on YA Fantasy. A word to the'll want the second book by your side to pick up right away. 😉 ...more
Laura Henderson
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a great YA book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this eerie tale. I actually read on another review, that the author had wrote this book when she 14! This fun book is an imaginative story and full of surprises. I would love to read the next installment as this book leaves some questions unanswered. The story while moving a little slow at first quickly picks up and has you racing to read to the end as you wonder what could actually be happening. You can feel from page one that so much is lef ...more
Sam Miller
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Weird story. Too confusing, had a hard time following the characters and plot. Didn't really do it for me. ...more
While this had an interesting premise, that was the only thing of merit about Boundary. It was one of the very few books I've read that I've thought about DNFing. The characters were flat and 2 dimensional. Their thought processes made no sense. The dialogue and character interactions were absolutely terrible and I spent most of the book rolling my eyes at them. The villains weren't scary, and while the characters kept talking about how much they feared him, then they would go up and sass him. T ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it



Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Five 15 years olds have lived their whole lives in a sprawling estate, with only a terrifying Master and a secretive housekeeper for company and a dangerous #Boundary that’s keeps them inside the estate.

Penny decides she has had enough of being trapped and having no contact with the outside world, and so begins to defy the rules in hope of escape. Her actions lead to ‘trials’ for them to endure in order to escape. But can they all escape?

This sounded like a Victorian Hunger Games, but unfortunat
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boundary is the fantastic story of Penny, a fifteen-year old girl and her five teenage friends trapped in a beautiful Victorian-era world. If it weren’t for evil Master Madon who keeps everyone in fear and Penny’s urge to find out what’s beyond the boundary, she’d be just fine. But unlike her friends, Penny wants freedom and when the housekeeper offers a possible way of escape, Penny doesn’t think twice.

But nothing is as it seems and Penny sets in motion a string of events that endangers everyt
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Did I read the same book as everyone else? From all the rave reviews I expected something better than a college fiction project. The writing was plagued by spelling and grammatical errors, the writing clumsy and childish and completely took away from the story. I couldn't take it seriously and did not enjoy it.

And now I just read that the author wrote this when she was 14. That explains everything. Props to her that I found it comparable to short stories I read in a 300 level college course? My
A Lily
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a pre-release copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was very original, and chock full of twists I never saw coming. The characters were all different, with intense motivations and personalities, and as a teen myself, I could relate to all of them. It was well written, with lots of humour, and a novel I'd read again and again! When is the next one coming out??
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
Title: Boundary
Author: Mary Victoria Johnson
Genre(s): Dystopian, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars

Loves, Likes, Adores:
I found the story to be very unique and interesting. I can't wait to see whats next in Penny's adventure.

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Jeanie Ski
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
Incoherent. The word "Whilst" gets overused. obviously written by a 14 year old. ...more
Cosima demaglie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than expected. The character development was actually really good. The tropes in the book prevented me from fully loving it, however, this is a solid plot with a solid idea. Definitely not a waste of an afternoon.Cant wait to read the next book.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The premises of Boundary is a familiar one. Penny and her friends live a sheltered, yet luxurious life, but there is something sinister at work that is triggered by a brash decision on Penny's part. I found myself rather conflicted about some parts of this book, but I will start with the good.

While the premises feels familiar and and seems to have elements from other YA novels, it is executed in a creative way. There are nice plot twists and turns throughout and for the most part, the writing i
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh wow, this was a surprise! What a fantastic concept - 6 teenagers mysteriously being raised by a cruel and barely / non- human master, in a mansion totally segregated from the rest of the world.

Penny is inquisitive, questioning and has many dreams of other people and wonders what exactly is beyond the boundary of the mansion. Her questions cause her to break some of the rules, and put in motion a test for them all.

I really want to read what happens next....
Felicia Allen
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
6 teenagers are trapped inside the barrier. Penny gets curious and starts asking questions. She is given things that start something that can't be stopped. Can they figure out the puzzles before they all die?

This was an oddly intriguing book. I loved the level of details and the plot twists. It kind of reminds me of the move "The village". But nothing is told about hte outside world until the last chapter when one of them makes it to the year 1939. Eagerly moving on to the second one.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

A very engaging book full of questions that demand answers. The characters are all well done, if a bit whiney at times – but then, what teenager isn’t whiney? As Avery mentions, the plot twist was rather unexpected, and very well done. The premise is kind of like Under the Dome but on a much much smaller scale, it’s the sort of story that stays with you, I still don’t understand some of it and that’s going to drive me mad until I can read the sequel.

A solid 4 out of 5 stars, an
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