December 31, 2011

Review of Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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.

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I have been pining for this book for, what seems like, forever! I had recently received an ARC for A Million Suns, and decided it was time to buckle down and finally read this book I have been stalking at the bookstore.  Thankfully, I received it for Christmas, and didn’t think twice to start devouring it. And devour it, I did.

I instantly fell in love with this futuristic, dystopian world that takes place on a space craft named Godspeed.  I was pulled into this world that instantly played like a movie in my mind.  Beth Revis is a writing genious.  Everything was perfectly described, the characters were created to be believeable with personalities of their own, and the story was one that I will not soon forget.

I loved how the chapters jumped from the point of view of Amy, and then to the point of view of Elder.  Definitely will always be one of my favorite styles.  Revis does a great job of playing on the emotions of the reader when writing about Amy’s sense of loss and desperation when being forcefully woken up decades ahead of her parents, feeling completely alone.  The first few chapters alone are what made the story capture my attention, and the rest of the book kept my attention.  I was sorely disappointed when the book ended, but was quickly overjoyed to have the next installment as an ARC waiting for me.

Even though the story takes place on a space craft, the world that Revis creates is both vastly huge, when you take into account the stars and space, and also immensley small, with having to live in a ship with artificial stars, sun, rain, air and surrounded by walls of metal.  I loved how Revis kept me guessing to the very end about what was going on and who was to blame for the murders of the frozen passengers.  I could feel the wheels spinning in my head trying to come up with a reason for them, and why…what the motive is.  I felt very CSI-ish.

It was interesting to read how the creation of generation after generation is monitored on the ship to ensure the continuity of life on Godspeed.  It’s also interesting to read what this “future” colony knows about earth’s history and how it is altered to keep order among the people.

I loved this book, and cannot wait to start A Million Suns.  I already miss reading the interaction between Amy and Elder, and am so excited to see what will happen next.

1 Comment

  1. Jacquelynne

    Wow! Another fantastic review MaryAnn! I have this book waiting on top of my pile to read after I finish “Once Every Never” by Lesley Livingston. I am really excited to start reading this book for two main reasons, one because I haven't been a fan in the past about dou point of views, and everyone says that is one of the best things this book has to offer! And secondly, because of the amazing new setting and life Revis has created on the ship! I haven't ever read a book that has taken place in space. Sure other planets, or other realms all together but never on a space ship – so I think that will be awesome! Once again fantastic review, as usual!

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