Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Release Date: 398 Pages
Razorbill, January 11th, 2011
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: Gifted from Sash
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Across the Universe #1
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.
So I have had this book since Sash brought it back from a bookish event (signed & personalized, woot!) and I just recently picked it up and read it. As a former NCSU alumnus (like Beth Revis & Sash), let me first say that I freaking LOVED the reference to the engineering buildings & campus. I have a special place in my heart for my time at NC State, and I spent a lot of time on that part of campus because the boyfriend and many of my friends are engineers.
Now that I have gushed about that, there will be more gushing about the book.
I don’t think that Revis could have come up with a more original concept to write about. The entire premise of the book, from the way it began and built up the story behind all of the nefarious happenings on the ship Godspeed…I never saw what was coming. She painted such a beautiful picture of everything…the imagery and emotions were absolutely tangible. I felt all of Amy’s pain and Elder’s inner-conflict. If you have not heard about how the book is written, let me say it now…you get to see Amy and Elder’s point-of-views. The chapters switch back and forth between them which really gives the book another brownie-point in unique. I think the last book I read that did that was the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater and I LOVE when authors use that technique. It really gives the readers a 360-degree view of everything that is happening.
Revis does a fantastic job creating a villain that you love to hate (as well as a hostile environment for Amy), but the loving people that Amy has surrounding her makes you feel like she’s not as out-numbered as she really is. My heart aches for Elder, Amy, and Harley throughout the entire book…and the ending isn’t anything I could have predicted! The ending is different than most books that have you sitting with your mouth open or yelling to no one that you can’t believe it just ENDED like that!! Just like the T.S.Eliot poem “The Hollow Men” describes: “This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but with a whimper”, that is exactly how the end of the book felt for me. Apart from the fact that I had tears streaming down my face, it was so fantastically emotional that I didn’t know how else to react or what to think except…I NEED the next book! I absolutely love feeling such a strong affinity for and connection to characters…as a series lover…this is a book that will leave an imprint on my heart and mind long after I have finished reading it.
I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on A Million Suns. Beth Revis is a complete genius and I know that in the next book, she will keep Amy & Elder’s story alive. If you haven’t read this book yet, just know that it is a beautifully written science fiction-dystopian hybrid. That’s the only way I know how to describe it…some may argue otherwise, but personally the dystopian features are impossible to ignore. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!