Beyond the Hidden Sky

Beyond the Hidden Sky

by Marcha Fox


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Moving to another planet is never easy. It’s even harder when you never arrive…

Laren Brightstar knows refusing to work for Augustus Troy makes him a target. Accepting the chief terralogist position on a primitive planet on the other side of the galaxy seems like the simplest solution. Getting there, however, isn’t. When the affluent family leaves fog-shrouded and predictable Mira III for Cyraria they have no idea their luxurious lifestyle is about to end forever. His wife, Sharra denies it, trusting their fate to her indomitable bondling. Teenage daughter, Creena, welcomes it as a desirable change from Mira III's annoying restrictions. Teenage son, Dirck, resists it, unhappy to leave his friends and ordered existence, while young Deven accepts it, anticipating new and exciting adventures.

Only Laren understands the risks that lie ahead, but even he is shaken when long before the starcruiser arrives shocking events transpire that comprise a parent's worst nightmare. Not only is Creena missing but it's clear that Troy, his ruthless and power-hungry nemesis, plans to exploit their situation to promote his own selfish ambitions with it possible that he is even behind the unfortunate event that changes their lives forever. Formidable and lethal challenges await as increasingly suspicious circumstances scatter the family across the galaxy, each wondering if they'll survive long enough to be reunited ever again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998078960
Publisher: Kalliope Rising Press
Publication date: 07/11/2012
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy , #1
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Beyond the Hidden Sky 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GinnaM More than 1 year ago
As an avid YA reader, I was pleasantly surprised to have won this novel in a giveaway. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read sci-fi, and I was thrust into a riveting, highly detailed and believable world from page one. Beyond the Hidden Sky is a space adventure surrounding the journey of Creena Brightstar and her family as they navigate the uncertainties of space all while trying to reunite after a deliberate scheme by villainous Troy tore the Brightstars apart in the beginning.  From spaceships to otherworldly planets, the descriptions throughout the novel drew me in and helped me imagine what it would be like to be the characters. I could really get in their heads and cheer for them as they tried to overcome every challenge that headed their way. While the space lingo seemed daunting at first glance, the novel was written in such a way that it was easy to pick up on the more I read, so if you’re hesitant to read the novel because of that, don’t be.  Besides a fun adventure story, Beyond the Hidden Sky delves into a world that perfectly portrays the importance of family, finding balance between instincts and logic, sibling rivalry, and the idea of something greater in the universe. I look forward to the rest of the series to discover where Creena and her family end up in this vast universe of possibilities. I recommend this novel to those who like reading about other worlds, space travel, science, and family sagas. 
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
After starting the second book in the series, I put it down and went back to this first book.  The reason for this was that the book was so engrossing and well-written that I wanted to start Creena Brighstar's adventures from the begining.  This story starts with the Brighstar relocating from their perfectly ordered home planet to  Cyraira.  Creena and her 17 year old brother have another dispute and Creena finds herself in an escape pod on her way to Verdaris.  The adventures continue.  This superb tale is a great read for young adults and the rest of us.
CassandraUlrich More than 1 year ago
“Beyond the Hidden Sky” by Marcha Fox is an exciting tale about Creena Brightstar, a headstrong teen from planet Mira III, her father Lauren, mother Sharra, troublesome older brother Dirck and her pleasant to be around younger brother Deven. The story begins with the Brightstar family on their way to Cyraria, another planet where Lauren is initially set up with a great paying job to determine the best ways to use the soil on the planet’s surface. Creena makes a huge detour when a fight with Dirck causes her to find a hiding place in a space pod. Unfortunately, her father’s nemesis, Augustus Troy, set up the pod to separate from the main ship in a plot to force Lauren to do the Order’s bidding. Troy also has eyes on Creena because she, like her father, possesses the potential to balance logic and intuition, a characteristic not common among natives of Mira who tend to be more logical followers or those of Esheron who tend to be warriors led by their gut. This story takes place in space of the Hostilan galaxy. Some readers may find the discussions concerning space/time travel difficult to follow. Sparse use of commas also leads to re-reading. However, the plot held my attention and left me wanting more when it ended. Each of the main characters was well developed, so I was able to connect with them. There were also a number of twists and turns which kept me coming back. I look forward to continuing the journey to see what happens next. I recommend this book to avid science fiction readers.
Rhoda_Dettore0 More than 1 year ago
"A word for panic does not even exist of Mira III. It is not needed." Now imagine being propelled from such a world to one in which panic ensues. The result? Culture Shock. Throw in some chaos, aliens, humanoids and sci-fi language, and March Fox drops us off in an imaginative world similar to Star Wars or Star Trek. There is these awesome super-computer that speaks in rhymes, and more.The plots and sub-plots include family values, a family being uprooted, a "pre-adult" who causes trouble for the family, and much more. This well written novel's style plunges the reader into a new world through fabulous characterizations and sci-fi terms without interrupting the flow of the story. Reading this, I did not even realize it was considered a YA, as it is written in a mature style with realistic possibilities. As a Star Wars fan, I was deeply excited to read this book. This is the first in the Star Trails Tetralogy, and I look forward to reading more. 
susanneleist More than 1 year ago
The story centers around Creena, who accidentally (or maybe not), gets trapped in an escape pod and gets fired out into space. As most teenagers, she doesn't like rules or her older brother. The Brightstar family are traveling on a spaceship, leaving their home planet Mira III. Captain Troy has plans for Creena and her family. Not good ones. As punishment for Creena's escape, the family is split up. Creena lands on the planet Verdaris. She flees from strange creatures. She finds a friend in a troid called Aggie. They escape the planet by taking over a space ship. Meanwhile, Creena's father and brother are searching for her. Creena misses her brothers and parents. She learns the hard way to take care of herself. This book is a nice coming of age story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beyond The Hidden Sky by Marcha Fox is a brilliant sci-fi, young adult novel. Creena Brightstar a pre-adult who is a contradiction to her upbringing on Mira 3 where rules and logic dictate society. As a teen who is an Esheronian/ Miran mix she relies on intuition and emotion instead of logic more than is maybe good for her. The Brightstar family is on a transport from their home planet Mira 3 to Cyraria when Creena stumbles upon a pod which sends her on an excursion to Verdaris a planet full of vegetation with few settlements that is in the way of a bombardment of comets. Her father and brother head out for a rescue mission while her mother and youngest brother have to enter a new planet on their own. The author's colorful and animated word sketches give the reader the feel of actually watching or being right in the mix of the story. She brings personality and quirks to the characters as they develop through expressive descriptions and dialogue. For the series, she creates a whole new language such as cylls- for sleeping, snurkles- a derogatory term, and time is measured in metrics which makes sense as science is based metrically. To go with the series I also definitely recommend the Star Trails Compendium; it's a wonderful reference for the language and Universe March Fox has created in the Star Trails Tetralogogy. I am an author as well as having taught junior high science for a number of years and think this read would be a fabulous addition to classroom libraries as well as "the hungry for sci-fi lovers" personal bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing Science YA fictions for audiences of all ages Beyond the Hidden Sky by Marcha Fox series are science fiction thrillers focusing on amazing exploits of the Brightstar family. The stories becomes classic battles between good and evil of the universe. The consequences of right and wrong are forces throughout the cosmos. seeking to expedition. Rhyming verses shows off the authors poetic and talented skills. The beautiful covers are attractively designed, Although geared for the YA market, it is suited for sci-fi audiences for all ages who will thoroughly enjoy the talented professional writing of Marcha Fox’s wonderful expeditions. Beyond the Hidden Sky series by Marcha Fox are not to be missed and highly recommended. by Anna O