Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill
Pages: 398
Received: Bought

Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Goodreads Synopsis

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.


I bought this book because I received an ARC of A Million Suns, the second one and needed to read this first. I have read a lot of great reviews on this book so I was nervous when picking it up because of the hype. But man was the hype right!! I loved this book from the first chapter, that review that says it has an unforgettable opening scene is so right. I was hooked from the first page, Beth Revis definitely knows how to keep her readers interested.

I couldn't put this book down (and didn't want to) I was disappointed when it ended (glad I have the second one already). I thought I knew what was happening and was on the ball and then I was thrown for a loop at the end, which I loved. I connected with Amy, waking up in this new place and having no control over anything, I would go crazy, especially being trapped with only so many places to go (which isn't much).

I really enjoyed the plot of the book, kind of like a utopia type world, but where everyone is just ready to relinquish control of their lives for the hope to see this new planet. I'm really interested to see where Beth will take this story next, it didn't end in much of a cliffhanger like I would expect a book in a series like this to end with. I also liked how Eldest twists history to make it seem like the way the inhabitants of Godspeed are living is better for everyone (the line I really enjoyed was how Hitler had things right in his time... I definitely had the same reaction as Amy, everyone is crazy!).

I also found the whole idea of The Season interesting, and yet messed up, basically equating people with animals that just mate at certain times. I also really enjoyed the different way the people of Godspeed speak..."frex" was my favourite word throughout the novel and I feel like I'm going to start using it a lot myself... it's so much fun!

I love all these new authors that have been coming out this year with all these new and interesting series!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 comfy couches

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1 comment:

  1. 4,5 stars! This must be a great read!:) I got an ARC of A Million Suns, too, and will probably read Across The Universe sometime soon :) I'm really excited for this series, it sounds like something up my alley and I'm sure I'll love it just as much as you did!

    Fabulous review, hon! :)



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