Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis (ARC)

Title: Across the Universe 
Author: Beth Revis
Published: 2011
Source: Good Gollly Miss Holly Tour

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. (taken from
When I found this gem awaiting me in my mailbox, I was ecstatic. Not only is the cover beautiful, but the synopsis sounded incredibly unique. While it didn't just blow me away, Across the Universe was definitely one of the most original stories I've read in a while. 

The story is told through the alternating POV's of Amy, a seventeen year old girl born on Earth, and Elder, the future leader of the spaceship Godspeed. Sometimes it bothers me when a book switches back and forth from different characters' perspectives, but I actually enjoyed it this time. Elder and Amy see Godspeed and its passengers through completely different eyes. It was intriguing to see the contrast between the two. The character development is subtle, leading you to inevitably care for Elder and his friends. 

While the back of the book plays up the romantic aspect of the novel, the love between Amy and Elder isn't the main focal point. Most of the story revolves around the murder of frozen people and the dark secrets that haunt the spaceship. I was a little disappointed by the lack of passion between the two lead characters, but I could also appreciate the mystery. Not to mention that it would have been wrong if the two characters were more preoccupied  with their romance than saving the lives of innocents. 

The ending... woah. It was both brilliant and shocking. Knowing what I know now, I'm tempted to reread the novel. All of the puzzle pieces clicked into place. I loved the brutally honest and thought-provoking concepts that the story left me with. 

Overall, Across the Universe is a unparalleled tale of tantalizing mysteries and intense scenarios. I'd recommend it to any lover of dystopian or science fiction novels. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Revis will write a sequel to continue the extraordinary journey of Godspeed

*I received this novel on a tour hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly


Katie said...

Oh my goodness I want to read this book so badly!!!!!! It sounds AMAZING!!!!

Eliza Mellark said...

Fantastic review!! This sounds Amazing!!! I'm reading it right now, hopefully I like it as much as you did :D