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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 416
Released: 2011
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5


Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen and placed onto a vast spaceship. They will be woken in 300 years, and begin to live on a new planet. Earth is doomed, and they are a part of a government mission to begin living in space, and eventually a new planet. For 300 years, a crew of two thousand, five hundred people will live and die on the spaceship. A new generation will be born, and work towards progressing the ship. Unfortunately, Amy is woken fifty years sooner than expected. Her parents are still frozen but she is determined to keep them safe and find out who is thawing out the people. Amy is shocked to find out she will be much older than her parents when they are awaken. Her life has completely been turned around and lost its purpose. The people on the ship have lost their freedom; they are monoethnic and submit to the eldest on the ship. Eldest decides everyone’s fate, and the role will soon be taken over my Elder. Elder is completely enamored by Amy. He loves that she’s different, and he recognizes that not everything he’s been told has been the truth. Eldest has hidden a lot from him. Elder wants to help Amy in any way possible, at the same time, he must figure out if Eldest is fulfilling his job has head of the ship.


I really enjoyed Across the Universe. I was able to suspend my belief and accept the story for what I was given. I thought the concept was interesting, and I loved the characters. The world building really worked, and I’m hoping it continues in the series. The pace of the novel worked out really well. It felt like a fast read, and I can’t wait to read A Million Suns. The third book; Shades of Earth has just been released.

I had a lot of trouble reading young adult books in 2012. Everything felt repetitive and wouldn't hold my interesting. I stayed away from dystopian, and sci-fi, paranormal young adult reads. This book really helped to get me out of my rut. Amy was a really interesting character, and her situation was unique. Revis writes with amazing details that evoked strong emotions from readers. The scene where Amy and her parents are initially frozen had me shocked and scared.

I recommend this one. I've heard great things about it, and it really lived up to the hype. I’ll be reading the second book in the series soon. I can’t wait to dive back into that world.

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  1. I think I am pretty much alone in not having liked this one much!

  2. Across the Universe was one of my favorite reads in 2011. I loved A Million Suns in 2012. I'm really looking forward to reading Shades of Earth.

  3. I also really enjoyed this one. In fact, I just recently read A MILLION SUNS and am planning to read SHADES OF EARTH very soon!

  4. Wow! I've met Revis a couple of times and will see her at an event soon but have really wondered if this book is for me. After your review, I feel like I should at least give it a try.

  5. I have heard varying things about this book, but your love for it makes me think that I need to give it a chance rather than ignore it. I also like that all three of the books are available now, and that I won't have to wait for them. Very nice review today!!

  6. It's so good to find a book that got you out of the YA reading rut! I had seen this one around and since reading your review I have moved it up on my must-reads list.

  7. I've heard such great things about this one. It really sounds like a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of the YA books out there. It's definitely one that's near the top of my to-read list.