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A World Without Heroes

(Beyonders #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  36,432 ratings  ·  2,982 reviews
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 oppo ...more
Hardcover, 457 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Aladdin (first published March 1st 2011)
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Charlotte Walker This is an amazing book. it got me bored the first time I read it, so make sure you are at least a teen before you read it. It is Fabulous!!
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1), brandon mull
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes is a 2011 fantasy novel written by American author Brandon Mull. It is the first in the Beyonders trilogy. Beyonders follows the exploits of a slightly neglected, thirteen-year-old boy, Jason Walker. Jason leads a relatively normal life until one day at the zoo, when he notices strange music coming from the mouth of a hippo. While leaning over the hippo tank's guard rail, he falls in. The hippo swallows him, but
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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, ever since the genre has grown so 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 hav
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
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
My Video Review:

2019: I'm leaving my rating at four stars from when I originally read it in 2013. I'm happy I decided my first novel of 2019 would be a reread of a series I really enjoy. I Plan to film a review of this when I get back home in a couple of weeks, so I'll post it here when all of that is done. I still really enjoyed this. I think it being his first written novel (not first published) peaks through in a couple of places, but I love Lyrian the most out of
Final rating: 4.25/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 4.75/5 stars

I loved it. I finished it in a day.

Great worldbuilding, fantastic villain, and a world with no heroes. Literally.

Basically, as the name says, there is only one ruler, he's a mage, the last one, and he conquered everything. Instead of killing his enemies, he makes examples of them, or spares them in blissful prison, or he throws them into the cruel ones, or he ask them to join him. No killing unless necessary. No maps, a
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, middle-grade, fantasy
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
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Want to be transported to another world? Just work in the zoo and be eaten by the hippopotamus...

Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middlegrade
This was good! On to book 2.
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
2.5 Stars

it was okay. & boring sometimes. (I think it deserves more than 2 stars tho, so I give it 3)
I actually expected it be more young adult, by adult characters (judging by that interesting the prologue), but then I figured out it was middle grade & reminded me kind of Lord of the Rings in that field.
I had more expectations because of that chapter (which made me shocked when I saw this categorized as a middle grade) but all was going very plain & slow after that. it was more like a tour to s
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jason Weaver is your average 13 year old in middle school. When he accidentally falls in the hippo tank at his volunteer job at the zoo and is eaten, he ends up in a brand new world called Lyrian where his adventure is about to begin. Can he save this new world and survive in it? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read that I got at the dollar tree for $1 and am looking forward to checking the rest of this trilogy at my local library since this is my first book I have read
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brandon-mull
4.3 stars, so, almost 5. Brandon Mull again proves to be worth being one of my favorite fantasy writers :), shoulder to shoulder with Brandon Sanderson, J.K. Rowling, Pat Rothfuss, and company. I will continue the series, of course. Here I come, Beyonders #2! Stay tuned for a review.
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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 rated it really liked it
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
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Audiobook readthrough review:

holy shit everyone who told me the audiobooks for beyonders suck literally were not joking,,, rip but this is still my all time favorite series and my review is yet to come


I literally have been working on a full-series review of Beyonders for a month, and finished it tonight. buuuuut when I pasted it into the review box, it was, like, twice the length that goodreads allows?? I know it sounds like I'm exaggerating but it's almost 12 pages on word and the longest thi
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!!! ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up because the ending surprised me :P

Unfortunately I had a lot of problems with this book. Most notable were the annoying characters, questionable word choices and speaking in general, the narrator, and of course: 14 year olds on a quest to save the world!

First off, the characters: When I first met Rachel, she was sooooo annoying. And so was Jason towards her and in their interactions. Rachel was slightly--ok a lot concerned (putting it mildly)--about justice, fairness, and wom
MINI-REVIEW: Disappointing.

A rehash of the familiar fantasy stories of a kingdom in peril and that people from our world need to save it.

Although I loved Mull's FABLEHAVEN series I won't be continuing with this one. Too many other stories to read.

Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD I loved this book! It kept me on edge the whole time with all its twists and turns!!! Highly recommended this and any other books by Brandon Mull
Donna Weaver
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2020 added it
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not only did it really disappoint me after reading fablehaven and the candy shop war, but the main character??? his dad wants him to be a dentist? he's like thirteen and he feels trapped because his dad wants him to be a DENTIST and go into the family dentistry profession and he's like, "no, dad, i want to be a zoologist" and then he gets SWALLOWED BY A HIPPO and taken to another world.


i think at some point there is purple frui
Kimberly Bartholomew
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jason, a 13-year-old boy with the love of baseball, led a pretty normal life, but when he heard music coming out of a hippopotamus, his whole world was turned upside down. He wasn't going crazy or hearing things because of a concussion he had gotten from hitting his head with a baseball, the music was coming from a completely different world. Leaning forward to investigate, Jason fell into the hippopotamus’ mouth, and landed in the middle of the forest.
Finding help from a strange lore master,
Daniel Burton
Exciting, clever, and perfectly suited for the twelve-year old boy in your home, A World Without Heroes is the first of three in Brandon Mull's Beyonder series.

The Goodreads blurb for A World Without Heroes is pretty blase and underwhelming, summarizing a plot that sounds not unlike a dozen other adolescent books. A child or teen, at a crossroads in life, stumbles upon a portal or passageway to another world. Adventures ensue. A way home is found, the child older and wiser.

For example, try C.S
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
{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
Erica (storybookend)
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
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S ...more

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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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