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Beyond Corista (Shadowside Trilogy V3) [Paperback]

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Pages   317
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  13-16
ISBN  0310714230  
EAN  9780310714231  
UPC  025986714239  

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When, after an arduous journey, fifteen-year-old Oriannon and her blinded enemy Sola are brought to the Gamma project as condemned prisoners, Oriannon has little left but her faith, courage, and the Pilot Stone given to her by her mentor, Jesmet.

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Those who live in lush comfort on the bright side of the small planet Corista have plundered the water resources of Shadowside for centuries, ignoring the existence of Shadowside's inhabitants, who are nothing more than animals. Or so the Brightsiders have been taught. It will take a special young woman to expose the truth---and to help avert the war that is sure to follow. A course they can't choose, a warning no one will believe...Oriannon and her friends Margus and Wist hurtle through space on a dangerous mission, guided by the pilot stone. Their enemy, Sola, is on board as well, and Oriannon soon begins to regret rescuing the blind woman from battle. As the odd crew flies from way station to way station, Oriannon delivers the warning she received from Jesmet---a race called the Troikans is coming to destroy Corista. At each location, Oriannon is met with the same disbelief: no one has seen a Troikan in years. Soon, even Oriannon begins to wonder if the threat is real. Are her visits from Jesmet only a hallucination? Oriannon must find the faith to race toward a destination only she can see.

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More About Robert Elmer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids - along with a growing number of little grandkids.

Robert Elmer currently resides in the state of Washington.

Robert Elmer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Case For... Kids
  2. Quiet Times for the Heart
  3. Wall

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Dashing Space Opera!  Aug 25, 2009
Beyond Corista is the third book in The Shadowside Trilogy; I think Elmer did a pretty good job of making it quite possible to read book three without having read the first two. However, I'm sure it would make a lot more sense if I had read the first two!

The novel is about a girl named Oriannon on a planet called Corista. In the preceding novels there has been a kind of civil war that has killed off most of the planet's ruling party, with the exception of Oriannon's father. Oriannon and her two friends, Margus and Wist, are aboard a spaceship along with her badly injured dad and their enemy, the woman who spearheaded the uprising. Oriannon's mission is to pass news of the uprising on to the Way Stations that orbit the planet. She is to warn them of the alien race that is behind Corista's problems and whose goal is to wipe out the Way Stations as well. But one Way Station completely disappears before they get to it, they barely escape with their lives from the second, and the third is so into peace and unity that they ignore the message. With the alien race on their heels, Oriannon and her friends (along with the enemy in her own spaceship) have difficulty getting anyone to listen.

I'd recommend this novel to teens, with the caveat that they should start with the first book!
Great Ending to the Trilogy  Jul 22, 2009
Robert Elmer is a most unique author. He is equally at home writing a tender love story as a young adult fiction series about another universe, another world. Beyond Corista is the third book in The Shadowside Trilogy. Some sequels disappoint readers by not taking them on as grand a journey as the first book, The Shadowside books do not. Each book begins where the last one left off and the action and adventure grows with each successive book.
Beyond Corista begins with Oriannon and her friends Margus and Wist traveling through space on some unknown mission guided only by the glowing red stone that sings to Oriannon's heart. They have an unwelcome guest with them, Sola, who is now blind and bitter. Oriannon would like nothing better than to drop Sola off in some obscure planet, but her mentor, Jesmet, always taught forgiveness. As they travel from planet to planet they are to give the inhabitants the message that the Troikans are coming to destroy Corista. When warnings go unheeded, doubt sets in, and even Oriannon begins to wonder if her visions are nothing more than hallucinations.
This book completes the Shadowside Trilogy and will grab the reader from page one. There are new planets and new creatures and challenges for the three friends. The book can be read as a standalone. However, if you would like the full story I would recommend the entire trilogy which includes, Trion Rising and The Owling.
A Guiding Song  Jul 4, 2009
Oriannon Hightower is thrown into a situation of full leadership as her dying father and several supporters are leaving their beloved Corista to reach out to warn other worlds of impending dome. Sola, a blind enemy happens to be on their ship as well.

Oriannon learns quickly of forgiveness, betrayal and decision making as they travel as a little rag tag group. The pilot stone guides them with it's songs of praise to Jesmet who was killed in the uprising and is her mentor. She tries to convince others that he still lives and will bring them successfully home.

I found this a little hard to follow and repetitive at times, but was fascinated with what Mr. Elmer did with the character Jesmet. I believe young readers may enjoy this trilogy. I haven't read the other two books and that may have been what the problem was in staying with it. Otherwise, it was enjoyable and the author did a good job in his creation of other worlds.
Great YA book for boys  Jun 17, 2009
This book surprised me. I was a little afraid when I first started this book, I stopped and handed it off my thirteen year old son, thinking it would be better for him than for me. Boy am I glad I got it back from him.

This novel broke all my rules. First, it's the third book in a series and I didn't read the first two, which I thought would be a set back. But I had no problems jumping right into the story and connecting with the characters.

The second rule it broke for me is that I normally don't read YA. I've read a Margaret Haddix Peterson book once but thought it was a fluke that I liked it. This book is not written as basic as Peterson's books so it didn't feel like YA.

The third rule it broke is the face that it's Sci-Fi. Now don't get me wrong, I love watching sci-fi and everything from Mork and Mindy to Star Trek to Star Wars. I just don't read sci-fi too often. Ok, none that I remember.

I think the best thing is that Elmer laid the Christian symbolism on thick, but it wasn't annoying. I know it was done so that younger readers could catch the symbolism but it was tastefully done. I loved the Pilot Stone and Jesmet. And I particularly love the way Elmer showed that biblical truths can transcend time and space. Oriannon's encounter Alymas was quite beautiful.

I would recommend this book to any tweener, especially boys. Now I can give the book back to my son.
A La C.S. Lewis  Jun 16, 2009
A la C.S. Lewis, Robert Elmer weaves a fascinating tale containing intrigue, unlikely alliances, struggles, and friendship. Throughout the story, he weaves in spiritual analogies that demonstrate God's mercy and love.

Following a harrowing ordeal on her home planet Corista, Oriannon, the daughter of a Coristan elder, together with her friends, Wist and Margus steal a shuttle and inadvertently save the life of Sola Minnick, the planet's dictator who perceives herself as the true savior of Corista. They find shelter on Asylum 1, an outpost of scribes. Oriannon receives a vision from her mentor, Jesmet, whom only she can see, that the Troikans are on their way to destroy Corista and the outposts.

Sola continues to create problems for Oriannon, and she wonders if her mercy was misplaced. Facing disbelief and ridicule, Oriannon's task is made even more difficult by the death of her father, injured in the escape. Determines to be faithful to Jesmet's instructions, Oriannon is warns the people. Along the way, some listen. Some want to learn more about Jesmet. Some believe Oriannon should be the true leader of Corista. Some are drawn to the Pilot Stone she carries and its beautiful music.

I had a difficult time following the book, but that may have been because this is the third in the series. Even so, the read was enjoyable. Robert Elmer is a gifted writer. Old and young alike can relate to Oriannon's struggles. Second-guessing an act of kindness which proves to be a thorn in the flesh and the sacrifice of following the call of Christ, in this case Jesmet.

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