Title: Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1)
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Space/Adventure
Goodreads Book Summary:
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.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I thought this book was intriguing. The complex world Beth Revis creates is so futuristic, and yet it contrasts with the agrarian lifestyle the people have to have to keep their culture as well as survive on their mammoth ship floating in space. Amy’s story is unique. She’s a great female character, possibly a bit mainstream and not really unique in many ways, but that’s not a bad thing. Most people are mostly normal. Ya know? Ender’s character goes through a great amount of transformation as he learns more and more truth. This book, as with the whole trilogy, is centered around lies and the problems keeping deep secrets can create. While at first I thought I wasn’t completely thrilled with this book, I couldn’t put it down. I don’t think I loved Amy as much as some other characters in other books I have read, but she is a strong female lead, and she thinks for herself and has a strong desire to survive and uncover the truth. I love the development of the relationship between Amy and Elder, and how they aren’t always with each other. The other characters in the book were very eccentric and gave the story great depth.
My biggest issue is the POV. The author writes in first person, and each chapter is either Amy or Elder. It switches like clockwork, Amy, Elder, Amy, Elder…..but sometimes I found myself wondering which head I was in, and I would have to check or look for clues. Overall, it wasn’t a big problem, just an annoyance. There are some parts that are stark, raw, and a little shocking. Things I wasn’t expecting and made me react. Things like that may not be enjoyable, but getting a reaction like that (and not just for fun, but for a reason) is a sign that the author isn’t afraid of censoring herself, but sees the world she has created as though it is real, and she is telling it like it is. Probably not appropriate for under 13, at least. But it’s not too bad…don’t let that be the only thing that stops you from reading it. If you are wondering about this series for your teens, just read it first. Across the Universe is a great read and I definitely want this beautiful hardcover on my shelf!
I love love love this cover. This might be one of my top 5 favorite covers of all time. Simply gorgeous. Stars, colors, profiles, the haunting words that leave you wondering what it could mean…so so good. I would rate this cover an elusive 6 on our 5 star scale….yeah, I love it that much!
THE FUN STUFF
Here’s a link to the book trailer by PenguinBooks. It’s nothing too exciting, but the excerpt from the book they chose as the narration is haunting. One of the first reasons I couldn’t put this book down was this part. Well-written, raw, and emotional, and interesting…raised questions that no one had answers too. Anyway, check it out if you’d like, there are no spoilers and it well-made and visually very nice.