Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Across The Universe by Beth Revis.
Publisher: Razorbill.
Pages: 398.
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up 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.
Books with huge hype worry me. They come on high pedestals with high expectations and most of the time, there‘s no way for them to go but down so I’m often disappointed. I’m happy to say that Across The Universe was a brilliant exception.

This book horrified and amazed me at the same time. I was about as mesmerized with it as I was The Hunger Games, which is a comparison that I don’t ever use freely. From the very first paragraph, I was hooked. Life in the future on the Godspeed is a brutal, unfathomable thing to imagine, but Revis writes it so fantastically natural that once I was put into the right mindset, nothing was too shocking or disturbing anymore. And let me tell you, there are a lot of wonderfully disturbing things happening in this book.

I was a little disappointed with the romance aspect, but since it didn’t play a huge role in the story, it was easy to overlook. I can only hope that Amy and Elder will develop more in the next book. Speaking of Amy and Elder, I’m going to gush about how well written the two were. One born three hundred years into the past, one born present day. It’s easy to pick out their differing personalities. Elder is serious, curious and easily accepting of Godspeed’s way, since it’s all he’s known. Amy is sarcastic and free-spirited and wise to the abnormality of the people and ruler on the ship. Alternating point of views usually frighten me, but in this case, it gave the story two different takes and I absolutely loved it.

Overall, Across The Universe is an original sci-fi masterpiece that completely enraptured me. It’s action-packed, heartbreaking, thrilling, intense and a million times EPIC. I highly recommend this one!

Other reviews for Across The Universe:
Frenetic Reader.
YA Highway.
Bewitched Bookworms.
Squeaky Books.

13 comments:

  1. I hope I'll love it just as much as you did, I also worry about books that everyone loves. They usually ends up disappointing me. I bought a copy last week but I've already lent it to my sister.

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  2. sounds amazing!!!!

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  3. I have this book sitting on night stand, everyone keeps saying how amazing it is. Definitely going to read it next. Great review Katie!

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  4. Fantastic review- I still have this in my TBR. It sounds like I definitely need to be moving it up.

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  5. I'm glad you loved this debut. The cover is gorgeous and I hope to be able to read it soon. I saw it yesterday in Sam's Club and had to fight with myself to buy it. (I'm on a book buying ban. BOO!)

    Great review! Makes me want to read it even more now.

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  6. Great review, I can't wait to read this now. I worry too about these hyped up books - like 'Matched' - slowest book on the planet! But now I am hopeful for this one!

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  7. Our reviews of this book are eerily similar... I think it's because we are both awesome? Yup, that's it...

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