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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Diane and Robin are notorious for getting into trouble. Their father, Captain Marsh, commander of the starship Polaris, has to keep a tight reign on the two, and mischief is always rewarded with consequences. When a special guest is due to arrive and live with them, a young girl just their age, the girls are released from most of their recent restrictions because they’ve been tasked with watching out for Jannel. She’s the future leader of planet Lasusia, which has been attacked by a deadly virus. The girls bond immediately, but now it’s three mischievous girls for the Captain to watch over. One of his mortal enemies is determined to seek vengeance by doing away with the girls. An unauthorized jaunt into a contamination zone means, in spite of the decontamination suits (though Diane decides to remove hers), the girls become infected. What will kill them first? The enemy or the virus? And, if they can’t escape either, will that dash all hopes of planetary peace. Or will they manage to escape yet again?
For those of you who enjoyed The Captain’s Daughters, Doreen D. Berger’s sequel, Beyond the Stars, won’t disappoint. The plot follows the mischievous sisters as they challenge their luck, and their father’s patience, to help a new friend and, perhaps, in the process, save the universe from yet another evil force. Written in the third person narrative, the story is packed with good, wholesome family adventure, bonding, and love, as well as the power and importance of friendship and standing up for those you care for. Take The Waltons on an interstellar adventure and add a little science fiction family drama, like Lost in Space, and you have a compelling and engaging read that will engross the whole family. Light and entertaining, this outer space family drama will engage readers of all ages. I do hope there's another book in this series.