Monday, July 18, 2011

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 416 Pages

Publisher: Razorbill

ISBN: 978-1-59514-397-6

My Rating: 5/5
Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen passengers aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. They have been led to believe they will wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future.
But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy is mysteriously unplugged from her cryo chamber, the near-victim of an attempted murder.
Amy discovers an enclosed world where nothing makes sense, where Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.
Amy and Elder are instantly bonded. But can they trust each other? All Amy and Elder know is that they must discover Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke Amy tries to kill again.

I was extremely skeptical about reading 'Across The Universe.' I had heard some good things so I was interested in reading it, but I wasn't overly excited. And I'm not really all into Sci-Fi and stuff like that. 'Across The Universe' totally changed my perspective on Science Fiction. Revis is an amazing author. Her ability to flip back and forth and write between two characters (Elder and Amy) is astounding! Where most people would mix two personalities and stories, Revis made clear distinctions and stuck with them throughout! I will not only be watching for more stuff from Revis, but I will be looking into reading some more Sci-Fi!

'Across The Universe' is the story of Amy and Elder. Amy is a teenage girl from Earth. The book starts off with her going through a cryogenic freezing process. Let me just tell you, that the descriptions and depth of that part of the story are enough to give you nightmares! I would hate to have to undergo anything even remotely close to that level of torture! YEESH! Amy and her parents are set to wake up 300 years in the future on a new Earth like planet. Elder is the soon to be leader of the ship Godspeed. He has big shoes to fill and no one to teach him the ropes. Well, he has Eldest who is supposed to teach him everything but ends up teaching him next to nothing. Eldest stumbles upon Amy in the Cryo level because someone unplugged her. They quickly become friends and together try to figure out what exactly is going on on Godspeed and who is responsible for unplugging her.

One of the things that I loved about the way Revis wrote 'Across the Universe' is that, it's mystery and a sci-fi. I love to watch movies and make my own speculations about who the killer was or who robbed the bank or whatever. Always little clues and people (at least I) will always be like "OHHH! I know he did it. He's guilty! Look at him! and all the evidence points to him!" Then 5 minutes later, it's someone else. Well, that is what Revis does with 'Across the Universe.' Not only is the story captivating, but it keeps your mind engaged through the whole story and leaves you thinking about it when you're not reading. Trying to add up all the clues and figure out who did what. I was very doubtful when I started reading 'Across the Universe' but, even through my skepticism, I ended up loving it!

I'm looking for some suggestions for any Sci-Fi books, so if anyone knows any, please leave a comment so I can check them out. Thanks guys!! :)

1 comment:

  1. I've got this sitting on my shelf right now and I absolutely can't wait to read it! Excellent review!