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Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Young Adult
Pages: 416
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
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.
*Won from Anna @ Literary Exploration*
-Singed by Beth when I attended the Breathless Reads Tour at Books of Wonder-

I likey. I likey a lot. The cover did me in. And a big thanks to Anna and her giveaway because without it, it would have taken me ages to go out and buy the book. Jumping into this book after reading dystopian after dystopian was a wonderful change of pace and scenery. The writing and the characters had a certain air about them that made me enjoy the book a whole lot more.

The beginning blew me out of the water. The whole explanation and viewing of being frozen was both beautifully descriptive and eerily haunting. The thoughts that go through her mind while she's panning in and out of consciousness for years and years, the ideas of being alone with only your mind and memories until you are released from your frozen slumber sent chills down my spine. If I had the choice to go through such a painful experience and end up being alone, in a container, with just me and my thoughts, I'd go insane. God bless Amy for such a brave and sad choice.

During the duration of the book, while Amy is out of her chamber, the reader gets a good look of what is actually going on throughout Godspeed. Lies. Murder. Mating. And let me tell you the mating scene with all the inhabitants was the weirdest, freakiest, and scariest thing I have ever read. Not expecting something like that to happen. Oh, and Hartley was my favorite character. The end. He was just a beautifully crafted character with emotion and flaw and his actions were heart wrenching.

Final Summation: A glorious debut novel that left me wanting more. Beth Revis's ability to craft and describe was absolutely beautiful in this tragic tale woven with lies, murder, and romance. This is a novel that should be picked up and read immediately.

First Line: Daddy said, "Let mom go first."

Five targets slayed along with my heart


roro said...

This is a novel that should be picked up and read immediately.agreed agreed agreed
signed book/ i'm jealous
i can't wait for the conclusion next year
sad its ending

Shortskie said...

@Roro: I still need to get my hands on A Million Suns. I don't know what I haven't, but I really need to get on that, I need to know what happens. And I need more of those gorgeous covers. And I hear you, it's so sad that it's ending :( But it will have been worth the ride, I'm sure! :D

Anna @ Literary Exploration said...

Yayyyyy I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!! I really loved this book too :) It's so well written and so heart wrenching! And THE END RIGHT?!?! Ugh. I really need to read the next one like ASAP!!! Great review lady :D

Gianna said...

Oh my, oh my! This book was totally amazeballs for me! <3 <3 I read this last week and I completely adored it. :) I really can't wait for the next book!

Lovely review, giirlyy! <3 :)

Shortskie said...

@Anna and @Gianna: This was a story that I didn't want to end. I really need to get on the next book as well!

Lisaa said...

I absolutely loved this book!! It was sooo amazing!! Awesome review :D (The second book was amazing too!!)

Rebecca Hipworth said...

I still haven't read these books but it sounds like I really need too. It's such a shame that the covers have been redesigned as I felt that the old ones were nicer. :/

Diannosaurreads said...

Loved your review! This was such an interesting read for me, totally different than what I;m use to reading

Alyssa Susanna said...

This book is one of favorites of all time. The sequel, A Million Suns, is amazing, maybe even better than Across the Universe. I love the world that Ms. Revis has created. She has come up with an original idea for young adult literature, especially in today's vampire/werewolf world. A Million Suns did not suffer from the sophomore slump that most second book have. I love thie series, and can't wait for Shades of Earth. And whatever Ms. Revis is writing right now (something with bows and arrows and ravens... interesting!).Thanks for the review!

Roxana Zuziac said...

I love the cover, I love the story, I must read this book soon.
Thank you for the review

Deb K said...

This book sounds incredible! I did hear some mixed reviews but after hearing yours I'm left very ntrigued!! Great review.

Courtney Ann said...

@Deb, it really is a great book. I still need to get around to reading the rest of the series.

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