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Book Review: Across the Universe

31 Jan

Title: Across the Universe

Author: Beth Revis

Publication Date: Jan. 11, 2011

Genre: Sci-Fi/YA

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: 4/5

*Purchased the book*

Synopsis: 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 Review: Before picking this up I heard nothing but GREAT, AMAZING things about the book and it’s début author. It made its way to Amazon’s Best Books of the Month list and all the blogs were gushing over their ARC copies, telling us we’d have to get our hands on it as soon as it released and not a second later.

I don’t always listen to others opinions of books, but in this case I am certainly  glad I did. This was a fast paced sci-fi adventure, which draws the reader in from the beginning. I did find myself taking some time to adjust to the back and forth both being told in first person (which I’m not always a fan of), but once I settled in I moved through the book rather rapidly. It’s interesting to watch Elder as he discovers a whole new world in Amy and to watch Amy as she discovers an entire new world in the ship.

I felt my heart breaking for Amy as she wakes up scared and alone on this ship that she didn’t want to be on to begin with. Not only is she far from home in terms of distance, but everyone she knew on earth is long past as it’s been over 300 years since she left. It’s easy to feel the suffocation Revis gives Amy as she goes for a run and finds herself at the wall of the ship, there’s no place to truly run here.

Elder is a harder character to discover, yet his awe and amazement at the stars and Amy’s brilliant red hair are fascinating to see. Revis does an incredible job of combining the traits of an innocent child with those of a more experienced adult within Elder. It’s easy to see Elder’s internal conflict and how he wrestles with what he’s known and been taught his whole life versus this whole new way of seeing things that he is learning Amy.

These are not your average teenagers and this is not your average YA read. While there is romance and intrigue, there is a much deeper plot that takes you on a wild ride through space.There were many elements of the book that provided interesting plot twists, most of which I didn’t see coming until they actually happened which is always a welcome surprise. However, I did feel like there were some points that went unresolved and left me feeling like I wasn’t quite finished at the end of the book. I’m hoping that this means that there is a sequel waiting in the wings so we get to see what becomes of Amy and Elder.

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