Book Review: Across The Universe

Across The Universe CoverBook: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Published January 2011 by Penguin Group|Pages: 448

Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Across The Universe #1

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopic

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Goodreads Summary: 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.

Across The Universe was definitely one of those books I was putting off because I was scared that I would be that weirdo who didn’t like it.  Thankfully, that hasn’t happened!  I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it a lot, and I’m sort of kicking myself for taking so long to read it.

It did take a while to get into.  Part of it was the dual narration and the two very different stories.  But the dual narration actually wasn’t horrendous, and it did work surprisingly well.  For me, it took a little  bit of time for the two stories to come together, but once they did, I found myself really enjoying Across The Universe.

The lies that have built over the years and everything that was done to keep a ship that is way behind schedule…while horrible, I also understand why all of the elders did the things they did.

We do learn about why a lot of scientists (and other important people) were frozen and sent to another Earth-like planet.  And while it’s enough to give an idea of what’s going on, I was hoping for a bit more.  I don’t mind the details we got, and I have the feeling we’ll be learning more as the series goes along.

I do like Elder and Amy together.  I don’t love them together, but I think I’ll warm up to them…while I love romance, it wasn’t a major element of the book.

What I did find interesting was that Amy’s parents expected her to stay on Earth, and not go with them across the universe.  Like, at all.  So I can imagine that learning that piece of information would be hard to handle.  And that because she was unfrozen 50 years earlier than necessary, she’ll be older than her parents when they are finally unfrozen.  Oh, and someone running around unfreezing certain people and making sure they die so that they can’t be forced into slave labor or fighting on the new planet…there’s definitely a mystery, which does get solved by the end of the book.

I was actually very much reminded of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder.  I think it’s the structured community on a spaceship floating towards something that they have in common.  They are two very different stories, of course, but there is a very similar feel to both books.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Across The Universe!  There’s definitely an interesting cast of characters, and a very interesting world on Godspeed.  If you like Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, you’ll like Across The Universe.  Across The Universe gets 4 stars.


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