January 11, 2011

Across the Universe (Beth Revis) Review

Across the Universe
Publisher: Razorbill (January 11, 2011)
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Series: Across The Universe #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Book from Publisher*
From Goodreads.

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.

Review
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, by Beth Revis, is a epic sci-fi adventure that will keep you glued to the pages. I am usually not a fan of sci-fi, but when I saw this cover and read the synopsis I felt drawn to read it. This cover is so stunning. The colors and stars are beautiful and the dual faces make it very intriguing.

I liked the structure of the book with alternating POVs from Amy and Elder. The dreams that Amy had while cryogenically frozen gave me an insight to her life before coming aboard Godspeed. And the interaction between Elder and Eldest gave me a deeper look into the suspicious nature of the ship and what was actually happening.

Revis left no stone unturned when creating the setting for the ship. The details of how the ship ran and the people who performed their jobs were flawless and structured quite well. I was very impressed with 'world building' and how each part of the ship functioned.

The relationship between Amy and Elder was adorable. Elder being attracted to Amy's differences, which everyone else seemed to have a problem with, was charming and brought out more emotion that he bargained for. Amy's connection with Elder started off with a need for companionship but they both experienced an adventure that was out of this world and relied on each other to survive.

The minor characters were great too. I liked Harley and his 'craziness'. He was definitely a great friend and sidekick. Also, as much as I wanted to hate Eldest, I felt his motivations for his actions were somewhat warranted and I am curious to see if he and Amy will ever see eye to eye.

There is so much in this book that amazed me. The creativity and attention to detail was phenomenal. Revis definitely knows how to rope a reader in and throw in surprises at each page. The overall plot was fantastic and after the initial problem was solved, these two are now faced with an ever bigger problem than they could have ever dreamed. I am excited to read the next book to find out what happens next on this journey on Godspeed.


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*FTC Disclosure: I received this ARC from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

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