Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Stars: 4.5
*Debut author challenge*

Summary: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
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.

Review: This book is frexing good. Nuff said.

Elder was a character to remember. His decisions, his fears, his confusion, makes him feel real. He has been fed lies his whole life, yet he still has opinions of his own. Following Elder around the ship as he makes discoveries, was probably the best part of the book. I think Harley was the best secondary character I've ever read. He had this quirkiness that made it hard not to like him. Amy, at first, was a boring character. But, when she got out of the cryo tank and got added some deph to her, she was relatable. I wanted to have her as a friend. Strong and determined to do whats right, but she also had her weak moments. A good blend.

The plot made the book hard to put down. Always another twist that had to be read through. My jaw, literally, dropped  open at some parts.  Every time the book thew something new at me I was like, no way.

The setting was so believable, I could see it in my minds eye. The people and their society didn't feel forced, it was something that made sense. The creepy (awesome) cows (I want one as a pet), and the creepy people were easy to picture. The language was normal except a few words, I think I have to start talking in AtU speak, because those words were just so catchy!
 Sometimes a book tends to overdescribe/underdescribe. Across the Universe was more of overdescribing, but it was used the right way. The overdescribing was in the right places, so it helped.

 This book was like sci-fi for paranormal lovers. I even think guys could read this book, and like it. I mean, it does have a little romance, but it mostly focused on the mystery.
I recommend it! Across the Universe is way brilly.     =)


  1. I can't wait to read this! I've been hearing such great things! Awesome review!

  2. I just got this book in my library and handed it off to a boy. Do you think it will work for teens of both genders?

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  3. Anne- I think so. :)
    I'm comparing it to the Hunger Games, in terms of boy-likeness. It has some mushy stuff, but it is mostly mystery.
    Then again I'm not a boy, so don't take my word for it! Lol :D
    Thanks for the award!

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I'm usually not a sci-fi person, but there have been so many good reviews that there's no way I can pass it up.

  5. Loved it. Across the Universe had components of 1984, The Children of Men, First Light, and Ender's Game and at the same time was completely unique.

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  7. I thought the first chapter was one of the best I've ever read. Great Review.

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  8. love this review. i loved the book, too! :)


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