Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe is a book I've wanted to read since I started blogging. When I started blogging, this book was everywhere. I must have entered 50 giveaways trying to get this one book. Then I got busy and I never got around to buying it. Enter my eLibrary. Yes!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Pages: 416 (ebook)
Source: eLibrary
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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 Rating:

My Review:
Since there has to be 5 million reviews out there about this particular book, don't let me bore you.  There's a spaceship going to an unknown planet 200 years away.  The really smart people who are needed to start things off on this planet can't for 200 years so they are frozen.  Except someone is trying to wake them too soon.  Amy is one of those forced awake way too soon.  But people don't just awaken, some die.  Oh and there is a society inhabiting the ship to, you know, keep things going and populate the new planet.

The premise of this book is so fantastic.  There's a million places it could have gone and my mind was reeling with the possibilities.  In the end, it went a route I wasn't expecting.  Though I imagined more creative directions for this one, I enjoyed the read.  I loved the suspense of it all.  Not only did I want to know the identity of the murderer, I wanted to know the reason for the alternate reality, and I also wanted to know about this mysterious plague.  It was all so exciting.  I didn't fall in love with the characters though my heart went out to Amy for her predicament.  I thought Elder was a little one dimensional.

I'm not sure how the rest of the series will turn out but I walked away feeling so impressed with Ms. Revis.  Sometimes I feel like trilogies are the in thing and we get them rather we need a continuation or not.  Here there is enough going on that it doesn't feel stretched out.  The questions introduced were answered fully.  But there is still a story to tell.  I'm looking forward to the rest of this series and the character growth that is sure to come.

P.S.  This isn't dystopian.  I mean it kind of is...technically.  But it isn't.  It doesn't have the dystopian vibe.  But I'm counting it anyway.


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  1. You know, I've been meaning to read this one since it came out too! but I haven't gotten around it. I'm glad you liked it even if it wasn't exactly what you expected.

    I hope you like it the rest of the series too, I think I'm going to wait until everything is said and done before I pick it up, though.

  2. I tried reading this one. I got to page 250 and just couldn't with those characters anymore. The girl was just overly hateful to the one person who was nice to her, and Elder was too slow on the uptake for me. The conversations were contrived and unnatural, and besides that, I knew who the murderer was the first time he was introduced to us. Revis really couldn't have been more obvious with her 'clues'.

    I finally stopped reading and skipped to the end to make sure I was right...I was. Me being overzealous bought the first and second book in this series, not knowing I wouldn't like the first book. So I have the second one and won't be reading it. So if you don't have it yet and want my copy, I'd be happy to send it to you. Just let me know.

    I need to go ahead and put up my review since I did make it through over half of the book.

    1. I can understand your thoughts on everything for sure. I think I was captivated by the premise. I recognize the issues with the characters and I too guessed the murderer but I never quite understood why and I think the end is what sealed the deal for me. Plus, I felt there is so much out there in this premise that interests me.

  3. I'd like to read this one :D I need more stuff like this

  4. That's how I felt when I finished it. I really must go on with this series.


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