21 June 2012

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: January 11th 2011
Series: Across the Universe #1
Source: hardcover (borrowed)
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Summary: 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:  This book is similar to the recent movie Prometheus, there are so many similarities! I loved the movie so I had such high hopes for Across the Universe. I am so glad I read this! I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book other than the romance which was a little too slow for my taste. :P And probably the length of the book, it was a bit too long.

The characters were all amazing! Can't imagine what the rest of the series would be like since this was Beth Revis's debut novel. I loved, Amy, Elder, Harley etc. I found myself relating to all the characters, I could imagine myself in their shoes and understand why they did what they did. It was really amazing because I am only usually able to relate to one or two characters in the book. Amy was such a realistic character, I think Beth Revis really did a great job for this one. Elder took a little more to understand and I was so so so glad that he came clean to Amy in the end. I would really hate it if he kept that secret forever. :/

The pacing was also done really well. I didn't feel bored, although the setting did get a little boring after awhile since they were in a spaceship... It really added to the whole tone of the book though. Really makes you think about how crazy it is to live your entire life in a metal container, going to the same old places over and over again until you die. There is also a dystopian element to Across the Universe and I am really hoping that it doesn't play such a huge part in the sequel: A Million Suns. I guess I am getting really sick of the whole cookie cutter dystopian books.

The twists and lies really worked and they were done so well, this was definitely a page-turner! I highly recommend everyone to read this!!! :D This is a new favourite, can't wait to get my hands on  A Million Suns!

My rating: 
Recommended for anyone who enjoys space sci-fi or just a good book!!


  1. Nice review :) Prometheus huh? Think I'm gonna add this to the TBR!!

  2. Just you wait to A Million Suns! That one is even more of a page turner and even better than this one in my opinion. Though they are both great of course :)

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