Across the Universe by Beth Revis

June 29, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 4

Title: Across the Universe [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: January 11, 2011
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A very detailed, and slow-paced sci-fi with a little bit of action.

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.

I knew I wasn’t going to love this book ever since I first heard about it and I avoided getting it for the longest time, but I eventually gave in because I had to see for myself what it was all about. I believe it’s safe to say that although I liked the book enough, it definitely didn’t do anything for me.

Across the Universe was basically a detailed explanation of the setting for the rest of the series. A quarter of the book was Beth describing the ship in vast detail and of Amy’s inner monologue while she was frozen. Even after Amy wakes up, there’s very little action, just her exploring her new world and Elder falling head over heels in love with her at first sight. And love wasn’t even a big issue in this book at all. What little interaction Elder and Amy had did nothing to spur their romance and I honestly couldn’t connect to either, or any, character.

The only thing I’ll give Beth credit for is creating such a intriguing and quite plausible future world, but very little happens at all, when I was expecting action and adventure aboard a space ship with a crazy, tyrannical villan/leader. You got a tiny bit of action in the end, but that flew by within a couple pages, and you’re left on a big ship with nothing to do now. I’m very interested in seeing where exactly Beth is going with this and pray there will be more action and romance in the next book since, I’m hoping, she’s done with all the scenery and ship-talk.

Don’t get me wrong, I did like the book and finished it pretty quick, despite it’s slow pace, but if I hadn’t already bought it, I’d say wait until the whole series is out and then either borrow it from the library or buy the paperback/ebook versions since they’ll probably be cheaper.

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4 Responses to “Across the Universe by Beth Revis”

  1. Katja

    Great review. I agree, it was pretty slow paced, and yes despite the annoyance i felt at the pace I’d also say it’s worth a try. The wonderful thing is that the sequel A Million Suns pulled me into the story properly. Where there was meant to be a surprise/mystery in Across the Universe (which I figured out way to early for my liking), the sequel really surprised me.
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    • Vivian

      Oh, that’s great to hear. There are a bunch of books that have a slow one and then a fast/action-packed one or vice versa, so it’s good to know A Million Suns picks things up a bit. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Vivian

      OMG! Did you see they changed the covers AGAIN!??!?! Crazy annoying!!! They’re not even pretty!!!! But yes, this was very slow to me and I’m hoping the next one is a bit more fast-paced.

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