Across the Universe

31 Mar

Across the Universe by Beth Revis is an excellent blend of dystopia, romance, and sci-fi. Teenager Amy is cryogenically frozen in order to join her also frozen parents on a 350 year journey to colonize a new planet. While Amy’s parents are considered crucial to the mission, Amy is simply “cargo”. So when she is mysteriously unfrozen 50 years ahead of schedule and facing life alone on the spaceship, she doesn’t know if she can keep her sanity.

The ship, Godspeed, contains a couple of thousand people and an “Elder” and “Eldest” as the leaders. The society is monoethnic and strangely complacent. Therefore Amy, with her red hair and strong feelings, is completely out of place. Her only friends are Elder (who is the only teenage boy on the ship) and one of the mental patients in the hospital.  When Amy begins influencing Elder to think for himself, Eldest clearly begins to want her dead. So when someone begins to murder the other “frozens”, Amy fears for her own life and the lives of her still-frozen parents.

Across the Universe is ambiguous, filled with detail, and a total page-turner. The sci-fi element was a welcome relief from the more common earth-bound dystopias, and is highly entertaining. Also, the romance between Amy and Elder is more Hunger Games-ish than Twilight-ish (and therefore actually believable).

Nora’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill (January 2011)

7 Responses to “Across the Universe”

  1. Ashley 03. Apr, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    What a great review! The cover of this book has been catching my eye everywhere I go and I’ve been dying to know if the story it holds lives up to it. Next time I see Across the Universe it is coming home with me for sure. 🙂

  2. kristie 03. Apr, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Sounds interesting. Now I want to read it. I have been avoiding it because I thought it had something to do with The Beatles!

  3. Katie 03. Apr, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    All you have to do is read the first chapter and you will be completely hooked!

  4. Sommer Leigh 04. Apr, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I am reading this right now and I am loving it 🙂 It is such a great and unique setting.

  5. em 04. Apr, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    This one is definitely on my TBR now. I love a little sci-fi and haven’t read any in a while (especially YA).

  6. Melanie 05. Apr, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Great review. Ive been wanting to read this based on the cover..I actually hadnt even read what its about before now. I still want to read it!

    • nora 09. Apr, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      I am glad everyone wants to read it! It was so good-best thing I have read since Ship Breaker.

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