Maya of the In-between

Maya of the In-between : A Dystopian & Utopian Fantasy Adventure

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Dystopia vs Utopia. Technology vs Nature. Control vs Freedom.

And one young woman's sacred journey of honouring her inner wisdom.

Inter-dimensional Sëer. Mystic. Feeler... and Rebel. She is Maya, the In-between.

Earth has been depleted, and natural disasters have been steadily wiping the land clean of all human establishment in a last-resort attempt to survive. All remaining life is contained in one City. A City of iron and technology where the citizens are safe but they are not free.

Until recently, MAYA lived there in hiding, painting visions of a vibrant valley where nature still thrives.

Life imitates art when she sees the man she paints-a young, bright-eyed German officer, BJÖRN-who tells her the world she's been painting is real, and he's determined to find it. In a race against the Control and a quest for truth and freedom, they escape the City and cross dimensions to seek the help of a sophisticated race of beings - keepers of the Earth's sacred mysteries - to save it from total self-destruction.

A devastating exploration of climate change and human ignorance.

An awakening of consciousness.

An epic adventure.

... And a slow-burn love story.

★★★★★ "If you, or someone you know is quieter than most, intelligent, observant, a sensitive, this book is a dream find... It is the journey of a shy girl stepping boldly into her personal power as life unfolds chaotically around her." -Goodreads Review

★★★★★ "Beautiful, mysterious, magical, powerful, mind-opening, heartfelt, honest..." -Goodreads Review

★★★★★ "A Love Letter to our Natural World." -Goodreads Review

★★★★★ "Wow. It's rare that I find a dystopian novel that is equally a utopian one. And this one is the most spiritual one I can remember reading in a while. If you only read one dystopian novel this year - please make it this one! You won't be disappointed." -Goodreads Review

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Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 19mm | 358g
  • English
  • 1393451918
  • 9781393451914
  • 772,128

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"A great gift for a young woman struggling in an often harsh world." - Inner Peace Foundation Review

"Where do I start with this beautifully written book! It entered my world in perfect timing and has brought me more than any book has before. Sita Bennett takes you on a journey in a beautifully written story that if you allow it, will completely encapsulate you and shift your reality forever. It's hard to put down but I found myself savouring every page so that I could escape to the mystical worlds of the in-between more and more.

Whilst reading this book, I became transfixed in the imagery and visuals that are so well painted. It meant I was able to step inside the book and fully immerse myself in the sometimes heart-wrenching painful or purest of experiences of Maya's.

I related so much to Maya's character and her journey. Her sensitivity to the world, suffering, and the inner turmoil of growing up in a society that lives in extremely outwards ways of which we grow up with such a disconnect to our internal worlds. I personally have experienced a very similar feeling of isolation to those around me and reading this book gave me a sense of support, invaluable insight into what being 'sensitive' really means, and allowed me to see the raw beauty in the way that I am. After reading this book I can now say I see my sensitivity as a strength, something to nurture and honour rather than suppress and see as a weakness. For that, I am so grateful.

I didn't expect to receive all this from a book but because of this I could not recommend it enough. I am so excited to read the second and all of the authors future works." - Goodreads Review

"From the moment I started reading Maya of the In-between I was totally captured by it and didn't want to put it down ... The descriptive world and characters unfolding were so believable that I felt like I was in it.

Maya's journey was incredibly profound, and her special energy that emanated from the story has stayed with me long after finishing the book.

I thoroughly recommend you to read this book that will open your mind to different realms of possibility and reality.

I hope it makes it to the big screen, it would be a visual treat!" - Goodreads Review.

"In Maya of the Inbetween, Bennett adds Tolkien-like world-building to a YA dystopia akin to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. Elements of evironmenalism and yoga philosophy are woven throughout. The fantasy and science fiction elements add interest and prove that Bennett isn't too self-serious. Maya is also an unexpected heroine. She's quiet, introverted, and empathetic. The only traditional heroic quality she embodies is tenancity. Overall, she's sweet and relatable.

Maya of the Inbetween is interesting because it takes place in a dystopia then a utopia, taking Margaret Atwood's utopia idea to new levels, since both places are also utopias. It also serves its purpose as a warning about the environment and a reminder of how easily a society can slip into tyranny, especially when its citizens are afraid.

So, how do we heed the warnings of Bennett, Bradbury, Atwood, Orwell, Huxley, and others? By first remembering the words of Carl Sagan. In The Demon Haunted World he writes, "Part of the duty of citizenship is not to be intimidated into conformity." This is what makes Maya such a great heroine; she never allows herself to be intimidated into conformity, whether she's in the City or the Santosha Valley." - Picking Books Book Blog.
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110 ratings
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4 6% (7)
3 5% (6)
2 2% (2)
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