Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Published by Razorbill
Date Published: January 11, 2011
Rating: 4.5/5   Cover: 5/5
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

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.

I've been a fan of Sci-fi since Star Wars and Star Trek, but when it comes to Sci-fi novels I just can't understand half of what I'm reading. Thereby, I can never muster enough will-power to finish reading it. When I heard about Across the Universe a few months back though, I was intrigued by the idea of a YA sci-fi without all the jargon that usually comes standard withing the SF genre. After reading the first chapter, I was surprised by its uniqueness and automatically drawn into the world she had created.

This was my first read of 2011 and I was right in making the decision to read this one first. Started the new year off on a good foot. This book is so unique for being YA. As far as I know, this is the only space, romance, mystery for teens out there. And it was full of WIN! I don't know how much of the science was real or made up, but Beth wrote it so well there was no doubt that this world (or future) could exist.

I also loved the life she brought to each individual character. Amy's unrelenting determination to find answers to her early re-animation, Harley's creativity and personality open and unfettered by whatever others thought, and Elder's underlying lack of faith in himself as the next ruler that finds strength through his friends belief in him.

The world, the characters, the secrets-- you would be a frexing fool not to pick up this book soon.


  1. Oh I just loved reading this book. It was such a different world then I was use to reading. I loved the Beth was able to make everything sound so believable and it makes me feel like this could all be reality someday.
    What would you do? Would you freeze your self to be woken up 300 years later?

    Great review!

  2. Omg the Star Wars days ... haha I used to collect the actions figures. Total awesomeness! ;)

    I've been looking forward to this book for a while, and am glad it was good! Excited to get it tomorrow.

    Definitely agree with the whole thing about "traditional sci-fi books." They're dense and hard to relate to! It's always fun getting a new sci-fi in the YA section. Thanks for reviewing this!

  3. Hey Jeremy!! Anna from Penquin sent me and I wanted to say great job on the Banner for ATU!! You did a great job!! New Follower BTW Love the blog!!

    Kristen H

  4. I know it's probably not a popular opinion, but I wasn't so enchanted by this book. I liked the concept and the general story, but there was something there that just kept me from bonding with this book the way I like. But I am thinking of reading the second one to see if it can be redeemed