Apr 16, 2012

Review: Across the Universe, by Beth Revis

SERIES: Across the Universe #1
Source: Wal-Mart
Summary from Goodreads:
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 was on a trip this past Easter break, and I went on a book shopping spree :) I bought a total of 14 books, though 2 were for my cousins who love reading, and 4 I had already read but wanted to own a physical copy of (The Hunger Games series and The Fault In Our Stars). Anyway, I’ll tell you more about the books I haven’t read later because I want them to be a surprise.
So. Across the Universe. Beth Revis. I finished the book in three days. It was a complete surprise from the beginning because it wasn’t what I expected at all! I mean, at the beginning I was sort of hesitant to read it because it was sort of sci-fi-ish, and I’m not a super big fan of this genre. However, it completely blew me away… you know that sort of feeling when you get the plot and the characters, and seem to think you’ll know exactly what they’ll do? Well, Beth Revis seems to know about this and wanted to keep readers away from doing this. There comes a point in the book when you start wondering, “What the heck has just happened? Whoa!” and then end up involved in a cloud of feelings you can’t escape, in a complete emotional mess. 
I liked how Beth Revis divided the book in two different points of view, and managed to do so without confusing the reader. Some books confuse the reader because both use the same sort of tone and voice. Well, in this one Elder and Amy are completely different, and you can tell so by their narration. I think it helps that they’re a boy and a girl, but still, Beth Revis completely set them apart, using a confused yet leading voice and tone for Elder, and a scared, but brave at the same time for Amy. 
All in all, it was a great read and can’t wait to get my hands on A Million Suns! Although, I just found out the third book comes out in about a year :( So sad.


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