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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

It took my a long time to get this book on my list. The whole, space aspect of it has never really appealed to me. But I've heard so many good things about the series, especially since the last book came out just a few weeks ago, so I finally decided to get into it.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) The setting. It's funny what I thought would be one of my least favorite things about the story ended up being one of my favorite things. Have any of you seen the Disney movie Wall - E? I could help but picture their ship when I was envisioning the Godspeed (the ship) from Across the Universe. Of course the more I learned about the Godspeed, the more it becomes clear how different it was from the ship on Wall-E, but I still couldn't help but think of it. The descriptions of the ship were very detailed, and made it very easy for me to visualize and feel like I was actually there. It was very unique and interesting. 2) The plot. Miz Revis has a talent for making a mystery humorous without being cheesy. I loved that it was a murder mystery with some random funny parts. Like the way some of the people were being murdered. I mean, it's not funny, because it's murder, but it is funny. Know what I'm saying? 3) Amy. I thought Amy was a great main character. Funny, personable, curious, and not too trusting to jump into anything that's been happening on the ship. Sometimes I find in a book that an MC will be thrust into a new scenario and will just accept everything as gospel. I thought Amy's suspicion was refreshing and necessary! 4) I love how unique this story was. It was so different than anything I've ever read, between the setting, and the MC being shoved into a new world with people that were born hundreds of years after her.

What I Didn't Like: Well, I wish Elder had a name other than one that sounded like a title. But that's really nothing.

Overall Thoughts: Across the Universe blew my expectations out of the water. I was hesitant because I'm not much into books set in space, but I am so glad I decided to give it a chance. The setting was well-written with excellent details, the main characters are very personable, and it was so unique. Since all three books of this trilogy are on the shelves, you can bet I'll be picking the next two up soon, so I can figure out where this series goes!

My Rating: 5 shots


  1. I really do need to read this series. I have the first two, but when they changed the cover for the last one I got mad and didn't want to read them anymore. Lol!!

  2. I've had this book on my to-read list for so long and I've pretty much only heard really great things about it! Great review :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  3. I've heard great things about this series, especially the last book! I definitely want to pick it up, but I prefer the old covers over the new ones. The series use to be pretty!


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