Girls*Heart* Books: 'Across the Universe' by Beth Revis: Review & Giveaway

Sunday, November 25, 2012

'Across the Universe' by Beth Revis: Review & Giveaway

Across the Universe

Across the Universe Book #1 
By Beth Revis
Published By Razorbill
Publication Date: January 11, 2011 

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.

Across the Universe is the first book in the series with the same name by Beth Revis. Every  person I know who has read this book has raved about it to me. So when I picked it up, I had very high expectations and was prepared to be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of it. The synopsis definitely grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, Across the Universe and I didn't really click. 

The story is told from the dual points of view of Elder,  who was born on Godspeed and Amy,  who grew up on planet Earth. I always enjoy getting to see the story unfold from multiple perspectives and this was no exception.  I like the concept behind this book very much, it's utterly original. I really enjoyed parts of the story but it felt like I was constantly waiting for something to happen to get things started and it wasn't until the middle of the book when it finally did. 

I thought the middle of the book was very good but then the end fell flat for me; it was almost anti-climactic. Some twists were a bit predictable but others caught me completely off guard. While I enjoyed Amy's character, I found she and Harley were the only characters  I really felt any affection for or connection to. Elder got on my nerves and I found I couldn't really relate to him. 

This book was superbly written and completely original and even though I found myself not as engrossed in it as I would have preferred, it was good. I will definitely be reading A Million Suns to see how things continue for Amy and Elder. 

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Beth Revis wrote her first books as a student in classrooms, when the professors did not hold her interest and she jotted down stories instead of taking notes. 

Beth writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teens. Her debut novel, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, will be published by Razorbill/Penguin in Spring 2011. Beth is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.

Beth also runs a blog on writing (http://bethrevis.blogspot.com) and is a participant of a group blog by debut dystopian authors (http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com).

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  1. That would be quite an experience! I would stick around Earth because I casre too much about my family. If I were to travel for hundreds of year even if I could return it would be too long.

  2. Hmm where would I go? Honestly, the thought of traveling through space, frozen, freaks me out! lol So I think I'll be staying Earth bound :P

  3. Yes, I'd go without even think about it too much! I sure be devastated of saying goodbye of all my family and friends, but I always wanted to know something else beyond this world.

  4. i would love to go for the adventure of it

  5. I wouldn't go by myself because I don't see appeal - I'm fine with the life I have here - but if my friends and family left, I might go with them.

  6. Yes as long as I can take my family, we love new adventures especially when we're exploring together.

  7. i would love to go for the adventure of it


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