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Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

January 13, 2011
Beth Revis’ debut novel, Across the Universe, was a book I knew I wanted to read from the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover. I’ve been a bit of a nerd for a few years now and love watching Stargate Atlantis, Serenity, and the new Star Trek movie. So the whole space aspect of the book really appealed to me and thanks to a new friend of mine, I was able to read an advanced copy of the book.
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

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 by Beth Revis was a book I knew I wanted to read from the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover. I’ve been a bit of a nerd for a few years now and love watching Stargate Atlantis, Serenity, and the new Star Trek movie. So the whole space aspect of the book really appealed to me and thanks to a new friend of mine, I was able to read an advanced copy of the book.

Beth Revis’ writing is fairly simple, but not in a bad way. Her sentences tend to be short and pretty direct, but she manages to make them poetic and each word gives a good punch of emotion, and meaning. I really liked the way Ms. Revis arranged some of her sentences and paragraphs. She arranged them in manners most often seen in poetry, like words “falling” down the page, and such arrangements help give the sentence an extra oomph.

Amy and Elder make great narrators and the shift in POV’s is seamless and effective. The way they think, act, and feel are different from one another and the contrast proves to be effective and kind of beautiful. Naturally, I was able to relate more to Amy and understand her feelings toward the ship and its people, but I was also able to understand Elder and his actions.

Although the story is set in space, it really takes place on the ship, which is more like a mini-Earth put inside a metal egg. The ship and all of its levels are described fully and clearly, but the map in the front of the book enabled me to visualize the ship even better.

If you couldn’t tell already, I loved Across the Universe! It’s well-written, full of interesting characters, and has a mystery that kept me in the dark until the end. I really thought I knew who was behind the killings, but I was very wrong. I do wish, however, that some of the supporting characters had been given more page time and I hope to learn more about them as the series continues. Even if you’re not a spacey/Sci-Fi kind of a person, you will still enjoy this book and if you don’t read it, you’ll be sorry. Very, very sorry. This book is awesome and outright epic. 🙂

For more information on the book and Beth Revis, please visit the following sites:

Beth Revis’ Official Website
Beth Revis’ Twitter
Across the Universe Official Website

(cover image from Schuler Books’ website and synopsis taken from GoodReads)

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5 Comments

  • Reply Christina T January 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Great review! I read an excerpt of the book and can’t wait to read it for myself.

  • Reply Kelley Vitollo January 15, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I am so undecided on getting this book. It looks great, but I’m sooo not into space, sci-fi etc.

  • Reply Ava January 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Awesome review! I just got this book and can’t wait to read it.

  • Reply Erika January 16, 2011 at 4:02 am

    AHH why do you do this to me! I really really need this book now! nice review it was beyond nice it was so freaking amazing!

  • Reply Ashley Lavering January 19, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I have this one marked to read! I loved the cover and the synopsis!

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