Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review: Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Series: Across the Universe, #1
Author: Beth Revis
Category: Sci-Fi/Dystopian/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.

My Review:

 Across the Universe took me by surprise, honestly. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I’m glad that I finally picked it up. I’m so picky when it comes to books that take place in outer space, and even though I felt the book could have been a bit better, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Even though I kept having Battlestar Galactica moments (I love that show).

I also enjoyed the characters that Beth created; both Elder and Amy. They were interesting, and pulled me into their world, held my attention.  Even some of the side characters were interesting, each playing an interesting role aboard Godspeed.

The plot, though not all original, was attention-grabbing.  It sucked me in; I couldn't wait to read what would happen next. The mystery that was in it was also interesting. I was  taken by surprise by how some of the event unfolded; how some of it turned out. I couldn't believe some of the things that happened, which is good!  It’s good when an author can keep a reader guessing. The book also switches back and forth from Elder's and Amy's POV, which I really liked that. You get two very didn't sides of the story. It allows you to see each character's world, and their understanding of it. 
"My pale skin flashes white. I am different from them in every way. I am shorter, younger, paler, brighter. I am from another world." -Amy

What I loved: That it's a sci-fiction, dealing with space, and that I actually enjoyed it!! It’s very hard for me to like books that take place on a space ship. I’m very picking; however, Across the Universe was pretty amazing. I liked how Beth showed us what could happen to people when they are in space for hundreds of years, how their lives change, their society, beliefs and costumes. Some of it was definitely a wow factor, some I didn't really like per say; however, some of it was really interesting and a cool idea.

What I felt needs improvement: I felt that the characters could have been more rounded. It felt like I only got to see (know) one side of them.  There seemed to be more I could learn about them, personality wise. I also hope that more is explained about what happened on Godspeed, the journey, in the next books. 
“Maybe the secret of the stars has nothing to do with being alone.” -Elder
I’m really glad I enjoyed Across the Universe; that it wasn't what I original thought it would be. I had the book sitting on my shelf forever, but I just couldn't bring myself to pick it up. I’m glad I finally did.

I love when I’m nervous about a book, not sure if I will like it, and then it turns out that I do, in fact, come to enjoy it, even love it. I feel Beth did an amazing job by creating this story, though it isn't an original idea, but she was able to give it a spin to make me consume it as fast as I could. I’m definitely continuing the series! 


  1. This is one that I just never had an urge to pick up, despite a lot of others loving it. Glad it took you by surprise. As always, great review!

    1. I didn't have the urge to really get to it either, but I bought it and finally sat down and read it. Pretty surprised! ha ha Thanks girl!

  2. Cheers for Battlestar Galactica! I love discovering a book that I had doubts about actually turns out pretty good. I have yet to read these books either because I'm not a huge spaceship person when reading. I'll have to check it out when I get the chance next time I'm at the library.

    1. Love me some Battlestar Galactica, though I had moments of the show, the book is very different from it. No cylons in this book!! ha ha

  3. I was never very interested in this one but I too LOVE Battlestar Gallactica. I mean LOVE it. Like love, Love, LOVE it. Sorry, my inner dork is showing. I might have to pick it up now, just because you had all those moments.

  4. Glad you enjoyed it. I liked it too, although I didn't love it. But I also will continue with this trilogy.

    1. I didn't love it either, but it was definitely an enjoyable read :) I'm going to continue it for sure, got to know what's going to happen!


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