Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe # 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon/ B&N /TBD

Blurb from Amazon:
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.

Cover Love: OMG, that is one fantastic cover. At first, I though they were mountains but no, they are faces. Sweet.

I really love this book. Two things did annoyed me but oh my god, it was a great read. It’s been awhile since I read a book where it takes entirely in space. Because it happen in a space ship, I kept thinking of Pandorum which is a fantastic movie and has nothing to do with this book.

The characters were fleshed out in a spectacular way. We have Amy the red-headed girl aboard a ship where everyone has similar skin, hair color, and same beliefs. She sorely stands out with her black and white ideology. There is Elder who is going to take over the ship when Eldest (the current leader) dies. He was interesting because he was acting like a rebel going against the orders of Eldest even though he is going to be the new leader eventually. He question Eldest about the plague and protected Amy from Eldest. Eldest is like a deranged Dumbledore; just an old man that hides the truth in order to maintain the peace aboard the ship. Harley was really a fantastic tortured artist. Calling Amy his little koi fish because of her vibrant red hair.

The inner workings of the story really kept me on the edge. There are just a quite a few twists that rocked your mind. I can’t spoil them because they are a great addiction to the book. I will spoil this because I did suspect it and if I suspect it, there is a good chance that other readers did too. My theory was that the ship was slowing down in reaching its destination and that’s what Eldest was trying to hide. It usually happens in certain science fiction novels so I sort of assume that. There are like three major twists that are just shocking and breath taking. Especially who woke Amy up. I wasn’t expecting that.

One of the elements I really liked from this novel was the slow progression of the romance between Amy and Elder. I would have been suspicious and dislike the novel if they had an instant love connection. Amy just woke up from being cryogenically frozen for 250 years; she is out of sort in this new environment and had a boyfriend on Sol-Earth as the original Earth is called. Elder, on the other hand, I don’t think has grasp what love is because there is no emphasis on love in the ship. There is no sex aboard the ship but there is mating for reproductive purposes. There is a great difference between that. It makes sense that he wouldn’t know how to properly act around Amy and Amy is still confused about her new “world” so adding an intense relationship would further complicate matters. I applaud Revis for taking the relationship at a realistic pace.

The two things that annoyed me was the fact that I suspected who was the one killing the frozen patients right away and how were all the patients connected. It took Elder and Amy more than a three-fourths of the book to figure this out when I figured it out during the second murder attempt. It was right there on the wall; Amy wrote it on the wall and no once could tell that it was *****. Sorry, no spoilers allowed in this post.

I mentioned Eldest is a deranged Dumbledore and he is because he is keeping secrets and lying about what is really going on but he is not as deranged as I made him out to be. Logically, Eldest had a valid point in keeping the truth hidden considering what happen during the Plague. The new life aboard the ship is a dystopia because there is no freedom to decide on anything. But at the same time Eldest’s regime wasn’t too oppressive. He made people into simple-minded people with no concern for philosophy or science but they were happy. Idiots but happy. There was some twistiness to saying that Lincoln and the US Civil War was about the elimination of a race; that’s why Hitler was a great leader because he attempted to establish one superior race. Amy was horrified at hearing that and so was I. There are certain moves that Eldest took that are part of the spoiler so I can’t give it away but I have to say that there is valid reasoning behind his logic. It’s a bit disappointing that Amy and Elder would not consider Eldest’s point of view. Even if they ended up rejecting the tactics employed by Eldest, it would have been intriguing to see them debate about moral issues instead of saying “It’s wrong and it’s over.”

Overall, I do love this novel and I’m looking forward to reading the second novel. I can’t wait to see what how the reality of the dire situation the ship faces affects everyone.

4.5 BB-Ready for capture, Total keeper


13th book in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualify for: 1st in a Series, Dystopia, Science Fiction,

Posted on February 13, 2012, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I really enjoyed this book. I was captured from the start & was very surprised at the end.

    I cannot wait to read A Million Suns

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