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