Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Razorbill

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)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:

WARNING: Sorta spoilers here.

This book basically blew my mind. I mean that. I’ve been really frustrated lately that I haven’t found a book in a really long time that just sucked me into it. Thankfully that streak was finally broken with Across the Universe.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the way I had a hard time wrapping my head around some of the basic principals in this book. First: 300 years. These people signed up to be frozen for 300 years. Knowing that when they wake up, the Earth that they left will be different beyond recognition and that everyone they knew will be LONG dead and gone. And then there was the fact that Amy never felt like she was full asleep after she was frozen. Can you even imagine, being in a state of half-asleep, half-awake for 300 YEARS?! Wow. I can’t even wrap my head around that.

And then there was the size of this ship. I mean, they farm and totally sustain themselves on this ship. And then there are the people who do the actual farming and such. People live there, are born on this ship, and know they will die there. Geesh!

Anyway, I won’t go into too much further detail but I have to say that I both loved and hated the ending. It was perfect but it also left me hanging and craving sooo much more!

Finally, 5 out of 5 stars!


6 comments:

Jason and Kim said...

And here I was thinking this was a book based on the Beetles. ;) It sounds interesting. There's a letter for you in the mail: should arrive in a few days.

Jason and Kim said...

Oh dear...Beatles as is the band, not the bug!

Heather Anastasiu said...

Oh my gosh, I KNOW! I just read this book a couple days ago, and it blew my mind. It really stand out from other YA fare, just because the setting is so wild and unique. And then Revis just did a gorgeous job of storytelling. Gah, just amazing!

Rane Anderson said...

I thought I get to read this one soon! My book club is voting this week and this is one of the choices. fingers crossed. I didn't read your whole review because I didn't want to read the spoilers! I'll come back after I'm done reading it to see if I agree:-)

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

I enjoyed this one very much. The first chapter I read was beyond this world. There needs to be some award for the best opening.
I rarely read teasers but I did read that first chapter after a bookie friend said I MUST. Glad I did.

Excellent review!

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

I enjoyed this one very much. The first chapter I read was beyond this world. There needs to be some award for the best opening.
I rarely read teasers but I did read that first chapter after a bookie friend said I MUST. Glad I did.

Excellent review!