Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis


Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Book One of the Across the Universe trilogy
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Gift 

I actually read Across the Universe in early 2011, just a couple of months after it came out. It instantly became one of my favorite books at the time, and by the end of 2011, my favorite book of the year. It is still one of my favorite books of all time. I love science fiction so much, and Beth Revis is a master at weaving science fiction and a genius plot together.

Summary (from Amazon):

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SURVIVE ABOARD A SPACESHIP FUELED BY LIES?

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends--and planet--behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.

Someone tried to murder her.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest's rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship's cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

What I Liked: 

Better yet - what did I NOT like?! This book was so, so good on so many different levels. For one, it is plot-driven, which I find rarely well done in Young Adult literature these days. Too much emphasis is now put on the main character (usually a female) and her love interests.

This book has a light sprinkle of romance, and NO LOVE TRIANGLE (want me to put that on blast? Because it is one of the things I absolutely LOVE about this book). I hate love triangles in books, and for this book not to have a long triangle was amazing.

I also loved the alternating points of view throughout the story. We get to read Amy's point of view, and then Elder's point of view. I like Elder's point of view more, but only because he has such an interesting way of thinking.

As I already said, I love the science fiction of this book. The genetic engineering, cryogenics, physics, astronomy... this book is so up my alley. It was the first good Young Adult book that dealt with space that I actually found very interesting and not boring. And did I mention that there is no love triangle? And light romance? No overkill or insta-love? And the world-building? And the TWISTS?! I have already read the second book, so I am not going to say anything else

What I Did Not Like: 

Really, there's not much. I feel like I am a harsh critic with books, but this I found little fault with this book. Perhaps some people may find it slow-paced, but I thought that the slow pace was necessary in order to get a feel of Ms. Revis's fabulous world-building.

Would I Recommend It: 

YES! Buy it right now. Or, do like me, and borrow it from the library first, fall in love with it, and ask for it for your birthday. It is so worth it.


Rating:

5 stars. One of my favorite books of all time.

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24 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to read Across the Universe. I like how you summarized the good points - no love triangle, sci-fi, etc. I may have to pick it up now!

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    1. DO IT!!! The third one is released today!!! *know* you'll like it, Tiff :)

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  2. I'v been wanting to read this book really bad..Thanks for the review,just makes me want to read it even more :)

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  3. I've been wanting to read this book also. I'm always looking for more science fiction books and I'm happy to read that there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE :) Thanks for the review!

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    1. It's definitely one of my favorites. I love Revis's scifi interpretation. And I love the fact that there is no love triangle! My pleasure, Alexju!

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  4. Across the Universe sounds like my type of Sci-Fi. I am also picky on space type stories. Thanks for the insight. I have never heard of this one before.

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    1. It definitely might be! I hope you get to read it someday :)

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  5. I loved this whole series and I hope you will to.

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    1. Thank you! I hope so as well, because I have yet to read Shades of Earth, unfortunately D:

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  6. I really loved this book and this series. It kind of reminds me of the movie Wall-E without the adorable robots.

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    1. WOOHOO! I'm so glad to hear that! And that is a fabulous comparison ^_^

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  7. Great Review I've been dying to get this book I heard great reviews about it thanks for sharing!

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    1. Read it! I'm quite sure you'll love it. I'm glad I could help!

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  8. This book did not thrill me. I was actually a bit bored at parts. It was disappointing b/c I had high hopes. I have yet to move on to the next books in the series. Great review.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that! But, hopefully, you enjoyed what you read after you read this one! :)

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  9. I really wanna read this book! Heard AMAZING things about it!

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  10. I wasn't aware this was a book! I've seen the movie and loved it but will now have to read this to see if I love the book too. Wow, I wonder where I've been to have missed this?!

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    1. It's different from the movie! Two separate novels! Beth Revis's novel is so so different. It's a great series - you should read them! All three are available.

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    2. Lol. That's still really cool. I like the premise. I wonder if something like this could happen in the future. There are self driven cars on the road and in the works. O_O

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    3. It is! I think, the way science is heading, many things are possible. The way of the future!

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  11. I love sci-fi too so I'm not sure why I haven't read this yet! You've convinced me that I should!

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    1. YOU MUST! It is not an option not to read it, Susan. Go go go! :D

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