Thursday, April 14, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis Review

By Beth Revis
January 1, 2011
Razorbill, 416 pages

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.

— description

This book is exactly what I wanted Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder to be. It's a lovely mix of dystopian, sci-fi and suspense. Bonus: Map inside the cover. Of a spaceship.

Across the Universe pleasantly surprised me because it took a lot of my common complaints about YA books and turned them around on me. How'd you manage that, Beth Revis?

1. First of all: The hype. What a turn-off...usually. This time, it was well-deserved.

2. I'm a romantic (oh, couldn't you tell?), but I'm really happy that this book focused less on love and more on honesty. The themes here were just brilliant.

3. I really dislike alternating points of view, but Revis did a splendid job here. The switches never felt like they were retellings, rather chances to share some new, important information that happened while the reader was caught up with another character.

4. There's nothing worse than a predictable book. But while I saw through some of the plot twists, I had no problem getting over them because the path to those twists was so enjoyable. And a subtle surprise did startle me at the end of the book when I least expected it. Refreshing!

5. Last but not least (SPOILER ALERT): I'm usually a girl who likes her endings tied up in a nice little bow. But this one wasn't, and yet I loved it. It ended ambiguously, but with a great sense of hope and forgiveness, and that felt just right to me.

What the what, right!? B. Revis = miracle worker. Kudos, 'cause I am a changed woman.

You might also like: Another dystopian read, Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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  1. This book! Cannot wait for the second one.

  2. I'm waiting for the second book to come out before I read this one because I heard it ended in a cliffie. Your review makes me want to throw that out the window and read it now haha

  3. I've had this book sitting on my shelf for too long. And you know why I haven't picked it up yet? The hype! I tend to steer clear of books that are hyped up. I want to experience them for myself, in my own way. However - your review has made me realize, hype or not, I need to get over it & read this book NOW!

  4. We know you love maps! It's hard for me to get past alternating pov as well. I especially have a problem with every book in a series having a different pov...I can't get past that sometimes.

    You do know this book is a series, correct? Just asking because of point #5.

  5. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I kind of just sat and stared off into space (haha) for awhile after I finished...I had to take it all in.

  6. I totally agree! It was an awesome book. :D

  7. I really enjoyed this book! Also, I had no idea I was claustrophobic until I had finished it. Eesh...I could NOT maintain my sanity stuck inside of a metal ball. No. Thank. You. However, I did think it was a good setting for the book, and you're right...I loved the picture of the spaceship :)

  8. Great review! I totally agree, too! Loved this book and can't wait for the next one. :)

  9. Ahh, I've wanted to read this book since before it came out! I've heard all good things about it. I might have to buy it off of amazon..Great review!

  10. I loved this book too! I was totally expecting to hate it, especially after the first chapter with all the tubes and the whole freezing process. Also, I usually have such a need for swoon but even with a romance factor of zilcho it was such a great story.

  11. I really, really liked this book. I can't wait for the other ones to come out. I thought the storyline was awesome and pretty unique.

  12. Wow, great review! I won this book and now I can't wait to read it. I may bump it up on my list! :)

  13. I really hated the end of this book

  14. I really enjoyed this book too! I picked it up around when it first came out so I was unaware of the hype it received. As you said, the hype is well deserved. I was kinda annoyed with the cliffhanger ending but excited to know these awesome characters will be in another book!

  15. I really need to get to this one. It reminds me a little of my favorite Christopher Pike novel from when I was younger - The Starlight Crystal.

  16. I was suprised this one had such mixed reviews. I really liked it, thought it was a slower read but enjoyed the characters and concept.

  17. It's probably because I read them back to back (its a big no no for me to read 2 of the same genre in a row), but i find myself comparing "Across the Universe" to "Glow" by Amy Kathleen Ryan. though these books both take place on a spaceship heading for a new earth, they were very different. I love the "trapped on a spaceship" theme as much as anyone. but "Across the Universe" was way too slow for my taste. yes there are times of action in AtU, but come on, pick up the pace! If you disagree with me let me say this, im definetely not a romantic and found this aspect of the book cookie cutter from just about any young adult novel. not to mention (and i know im mentioning), the plot was so see through i found myself yelling at this book to "hurry up and end already so i can get on with my life". however the ending and potential for the series are enough to get me wanting more.


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