Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Details: Hardcover, 398 pgs.
Published: Jan. 11, 2011 by Razorbill
isbn: 1595143971 (ISBN13: 9781595143976)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased


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.

My Thoughts:
I was so all over the place about reading this book.  When I first heard of it I thought I probably wouldn’t even try it just because it’s science fiction in the outer space kind of way.  Not really my thing.  But then I kept seeing reviews everywhere just raving about it and I changed my mind.  But it wasn’t until release day when I saw all the videos on everyone’s blogs and couldn’t stop hearing about it that I decided I HAD to have it.  I bought it that day.  I didn’t get a chance to read it until now, a couple weeks later and I have to say I’m very glad I did get it!
Now the description makes it sound very much like a love story and I thought it wasn’t really.  The two were drawn together but I didn’t really feel the romance between them.  I felt like there wasn’t really enough time to.  There was too much going on.
I did like the all the characters.  I felt like Elder was maybe a bit immature but it doesn’t really give any negative points.  I really loved Harley and his creativity.  And Amy was a great character though a time or two I wanted to smack her.  It wasn’t so bad though and it quickly passed.  It was just when she was SO determined that she didn’t listen to anyone and was really putting herself into danger.
Figuring things out was really the best part of the book.  Although I guessed correctly on who was unplugging the chryogenically frozen people I didn’t know for sure.  And there was so much more mystery to everything.
The beginning of the book was slow for me and that’s what my biggest downfall of the book was.  Although I wasn’t bored exactly I just wanted to see things start to happen.  It was a fast read though and once things picked up I really enjoyed the story and had no problems reading straight through.
This really felt like a dystopian to me.  Even though they are on a spaceship it’s just a messed up world with weird scientific things going on and leaders that think they know best about everything.  I loved that.  And the fact that it was on the spaceship just made it so different, which is a definite plus.

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  1. Like you, when I first read this I wasn’t planning to read it but the reviews were really positive and I read the first 80+ pages online and bought it immediately. I haven’t had time to read it yet because I have a huge stack of library books to get through and I keep getting ARCs in the mail. I hope to read it soon though.

    Great review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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