Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

January 25, 2012 Review 12 ★★★★★

Review: Across the Universe by Beth RevisRelease Date: January 11, 2011
Title: Across the Universe
Series: Across the Universe #1
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

Holy freaking cow.

I haven’t had such a visceral reaction to a book like this in ages. From the beginning, my heart jumped into my throat – and stayed there until the end. Usually I have reactions like that to certain scenes or chapters, but not this time – Beth Revis is one HELL of a writer.

I had to stop and put it down a few times today because certain scenes with Eldest were putting me in a bad mood – you should see some of my tweets from this afternoon!

I think, for me, the best part of the novel is the way it makes you think. I always strive for spoiler-free reviews, so this will be difficult to explain well, but basically Revis asks the questions “Why is this person the way he is, but this other person who has lived in very similar conditions is completely different? and “Are lies necessary for the well-being of the masses?”

It’s a delightfully wonderful moral and ethical dilemma that’s presented in this novel – but I think it’s clear on which side Revis firmly stands. Though it’s possible my opinion there will change once I read the sequel – though I have high hopes for the direction it will go.

I did find myself thinking of the movie Wall-E while reading it, but the only similarities are that the ships in both are full of people who don’t know any other way of life.

Again, I have to say – Beth Revis is one hell of a writer, and I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.

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12 Responses to “Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis”

  1. Meg

    Oh, I really loved this one, too! It was very thought-provoking and entertaining, my two favorite things, and I’m definitely eager to get the sequel. I can’t wait to see what other plot twists are in store.

  2. Mandi Kaye

    I plan to read the sequel this weekend – I can’t wait! I wonder if it will effect me the way this one did… guess I’ll find out!

  3. Mandi Kaye

    I’m going to read that one this weekend – so check back for my review next week!

  4. Tiffany

    I loved Across the Universe! I actually just got A Million Suns in the mail today and I can’t wait to start reading it. Great review 🙂

  5. Cheyenne Teska

    Lovely blog! This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while now and I really hope to get to it soon. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, so it gets me excited to finally pick it up. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your review!

  6. Krista R

    I’m glad you liked it! I began this book on kindle and stopped (I’m the slowest kindle reader in the world!) So, I need to get a hard copy of this book so I can read it all the way through. Great review 🙂

  7. Mandi Kaye

    I definitely encourage you all to read it if you haven’t. I read A Million Suns today (review up on Wednesday!) and… wow! Beth Revis rocks!

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