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Saturday, August 11, 2012

[Review] Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Series: Across the Universe, #1
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 398 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 11, 2011

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.

A YA Sci-Fi that is both Dystopian and space Sci-Fi? Awesome! It took me way too long to finally give this one a read, but I'm so glad I did! After a slightly rocky start with the first two pages where I thought we were seeing Amy as a little girl (seriously, she seemed like she was 5 or so, it was weird) until she mentioned prom, I was hooked. The space ship, Godspeed, was completely fascinating. Immediately from Elder's narrative we get the sense that something is not right on board, but what? From there he leads us through the ship where random inconsistencies and hidden information are revealed, including a chamber full of frozen bodies.

Cryo sleep terrifies me! Not only is the procedure leading up to it painful and uncomfortable, but what happens after the flash freeze is much worse. Amy undergoes the freeze in the first chapter, and her first few chapters are her in the cryo sleep. That's right, she manages to narrate when she's supposed to be in a 301 year slumber. She's conscious and that's just not right. I do not even want to imagine what it would be like to be trapped inside your own body, in the dark, alone, and unmoving for three centuries with nothing but your thoughts. That sounds like a recipe for insanity to me.

Once Amy is out of her cryo chamber is when the book really picks up. She wasn't suppose to be defrosted yet, so who let her out? Then another person is left out to defrost, and we've got a murder mystery on our hands! Then, of course, there's lots of questions about the ship. What's behind all of those locked doors? Why doesn't anyone aboard know about the cryo chamber level if those people are important to the mission? Why are so many people held in the mental ward and medicated? What's happening in the "other labs"? Just what in the world is going on?!

Actually the world building in Across the Universe is pretty darn impressive. The author has created a fascinating, engaging, and completely original world aboard the Godspeed. I absolutely loved the science! It's super detailed, complicated, and at times, disturbing. There's times when I cringed thinking about what was happening, and other times when I wanted an encyclopedia with more information!

I could hardly stand to put this book down! There were so many questions running through my mind while reading, and once answers started popping up...woah! I knew Eldest was hiding something, and that there's a lot of misinformation being passed along, but I never expected what actually was going on! Sure, the murderer was obvious, but the goings on of the ship? Total shocker! I cannot even begin to guess what the second book has in store, but I do know I'm eager to get my hands on it!


  1. I loved Across the Universe also! Beth Revis's world is awesome. It's amazing how she can balance those elements out. I don't want to spoil but the next book will kinda be a shocker.

  2. Yeah, I definitely agree with you on the worldbuilding. It was obviously very thorough and well thought-out. And cryosleep too. *shudders*

  3. I loved the world building! Such an interesting concept to be on a space ship for hundreds of years traveling to another planet. Then the way life on the ship changed and some interesting developments happen in the sequel.

  4. read book2 now . ha ha. great review . i can;t wait for book3. great review


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