Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Across the Universe Review

Across the Universe
Beth Revis
398 pages
January 11th 2011


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.


Across the Universe is a Sci-fi, dystopian, mystery novel with a cover and summary that will instanely draw readers in. Going in to Across the Universe I was really intrigued becasue it took place in a spaceship, in the future, in a dystopian society. I didn't live up to my expectations...

The 2 main charaters Amy and Elder weren't very strong, meaning they aren'y memorable in my eyes. The begining was really slow nothing interesting happened until about 170 pages in, which is almost half of the book. Little things happened but nothing mentioned on the cover flap. In this book there is a time called the season and what the saeson is, is everybody in the youngest generation mates to make the future generation which elder will then lead. So basically all this people are having sex everywhere, and I mean everywhere, which got really awkward to read about. It wad very simular to other dystopians that I have read, the big differnece is the setting is a spaceship. I found it really easy to pick out the murder, but I don't know if that is just me, I personally knew who it was rght away. And I really hate how everytime Amy is talking about her dad she calls him "Daddy", it got really annoying.

The whole sci-fi part of the book was really interesting, I've never read anything like it so it was refreshing. I like how Beth Revis used some of the issue we have as a society right now and used them as the reason to freeze people, and search for a new planet for humans to live on. The technology the people had on the ship was also really interesting, and creative. Near the end there was quite a bit of things I was not expecting that made the books ending really good. I feel bad for the people on the ship though because most of them will never leave it. The society, the setting, and mystery in this book were really interesting and good, I will deffinetely be reading the next one A Million Suns when it comes out.


  1. I've had my eye on this - glad to see it is good enough to read the sequel!

  2. I still need to read this one! I have a copy I just need to get around to it. Personally I love the cover of the first book much more than the cover for the second book. Thanks for the great review.

  3. @Alexa- you should read it!! :) that cover to this one is definetely prettier, but i live them both. :3

    @Jessie- its good enough for the sequel i just thought it would be better than it was :)

  4. I enjoyed AtU but I understand the points you made about it.


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