Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the UniverseTitle: Across The Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 400
Published: Jan. 11, 2011 by Razorbill
ISBN: 9781595143976
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I Give This ...

I really wasn't sure on this one.  I'm not a sci-fi kind of person and this seemed to fit into that category.  But, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed it way more than I thought.  The story is told through the alternating viewpoints of Amy and Elder.  

I really enjoyed Amy's voice from the moments she struggles to decide whether to be frozen or not.  It sounded like an awful process.  Then to wake up on a ship 50 years to soon, and know no one.  And life on this ship is so vastly different than it was on earth.  She keeps her head though and tried to figure out what's really going on while coping with the idea that she may outlive her parents.  There were so many times I felt like breaking down with her.  

I also liked Elder.  I think he was questioning things long before Amy came into the picture and made him question them more.  I was fascinated be the idea of how he really came into the picture.  He never accepted how he was suppose to do things, and I thought that was great.  I'm curios if this becomes a series, what he will choose to do next.

The ship itself was an interesting idea.  The society was well thought out and I wasn't expecting it to be so sinister.  There were clues though, and I was able to piece together most of the true story.  There were elements that definitely surprised me.   What I enjoyed most was the dystopian feel the story had.  It fit really well into the category, it just happens to be a society that lives on a ship in space.  

If the author decides to continue this saga, I will be reading!



  1. Nice review. There's so much buzz about this one all over the blogosphere. Glad to hear that it was an enjoyable read. Looking forward to release day!

  2. You're very descriptive with your reviews! Across the Universe (just the title): sounds like a really romantic book. i wasn't expecting a sci-fi ^_^ thanks for recommending this, I'll be sure to read this!

  3. I reviewed this as well. I liked the book and hope the sequels are as well written.


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