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Across the Universe (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Beth Revis

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Title:Across the Universe
Authors:Beth Revis
Info:Razorbill (2011), Edition: First Edition first Printing, Hardcover, 416 pages
Collections:Your library, Teen Books, Autographed
Rating:*****
Tags:autographed, science fiction, romance, teen fiction, young adult, cloning, space opera, spaceships

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2011)

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis was captivating. From the storyline to the characters, everything was explained so well in detail that you couldn't help but imagine yourself in that situation.

The story starts with Amy and her parents getting cryogenically frozen to awaken 300 years into the future on a new planet. But, something goes wrong when Amy mysteriously wakes up 50 years earlier. Someone tried to murder her. Now, Amy has to find out who tried to murder her and why , before they try again. Thankfully, Amy doesn't have to be alone, because Elder, the ship's next leader, is realizing that the ship isn't as it seems. Their loyalties are put to the test when they uncover secrets that may just change their worlds.

It's safe to say, this book had one of the most captivating hooks I've ever read. From the very first page, I wanted to keep reading, until, without even noticing, I had already easily read 100 pages. I was afraid to start this book, because honestly I had a lot of expectations with it. With such an original premise of a dystopian society, I really didn't want it to fall into the "predictable". I'm glad this book wasn't like that. It's true that at first I was a bit confused, but as the story progressed I got to comprehend what that "society" really was. I enjoyed the world building; even though it was situated way in the future, everything was easily believable. All the technological advances that were mentioned actually had me saying "And why hasn't anyone thought of doing that yet?!" The world was really incredible. I really applaud Ms. Revis for creating such a complex world in her story.

Another aspect that really made me like the book more was the characters. Each character was vital to the story, and it was really nice to see that the story didn't only rely on the main characters. I liked Amy's character, because she didn't act like a "Mary Sue"; she didn't just wait around for her knight in shining armor to save her. I found myself liking Elder much more, because I could actually sense Elder's inner struggle with himself. Of all the characters, the one that made me laugh the most was Harley. Harley was the bright spot of the whole book. He was smart and likable, but just crazy enough to be loved. Overall, the characterization was done very well.

This book really made me fearful of technilogical advances. I felt my heart tighten each time I read a different part of the story where another "conspiracy" was happenning. It was really fun to dissect all the characters to try and guess who was the "murderer". I loved how the author made the mystery, but could still find times to insert a funny or quirky event.

The only reason I took off a star from my rating, was because I was completely and utterly lost in the beginning of the book. I just think that maybe the author shouldn't have thought: "they'll learn eventually with the story", because, it's confusing. I think that maybe assumming wasn't good for the backstory.

Either way, this is a good book. If you want to read of a dystopian with a twist, then you should read this book.

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When both of her parents are chosen to be two of the people who will help colonize a brand new planet, Amy decides to go with them even though it means leaving the only life she’s ever known behind. Because landing is predicted for 300 years in the future, all three are frozen and put aboard the vast spaceship known as Godspeed. But Amy is unexpectedly woken up 50 years before schedule. She wakes to an entirely different world, confined inside a massive hunk of metal floating among the stars. What she discovers is that she was not unfrozen by accident and that she isn’t the only victim. If she doesn’t find out who is unfreezing people and leaving them to drown, her parents might be next. With the help of Elder, the future leader of the ship, she uncovers dangerous secrets that Godspeed and it’s leaders have been keeping for decades.

The world created by Beth Revis is incredibly detailed and amazing...but it is also kind of terrifying. Could you imagine being frozen and then suddenly waking up hundreds of years later in space surrounded by a community of empty, brainless people blindly following the command of a tyrant leader? Yeah, me neither. Luckily, we can read about it without experiencing it! I thought the plot was great. The beginning of the book was a bit slow but only because we are being introduced to the characters and Godspeed. Once Amy is woken up the action picks up and the story really gets started. From then on I couldn’t put the book down because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next!

Besides the fantastic plot, there were two other things I loved about this book; the dual perspective and the new slang that people aboard the ship use. It seems like more and more books are taking the 2+ person perspective which I adore. Being able to see into both heads gives the reader a much better understanding of what is going on and what the characters are feeling. As for the slang, it was hilarious. I chuckled every time someone said ‘frex,’ ‘loons,’ ‘chutz,’ ‘stars,’ etc. Out of context they don’t make much sense, but it is easy to figure out what they all mean while reading.

This is a must-read even if you don't typically for go science fiction. ( )
  joanab951 | May 21, 2015 |
2.5

it was okay, I guess. The plot wasn't as strong as I expected it to be and the heroine, Amy, was all over the place sometimes. One minute, she's moaning about wanting her mother and father and the next, she's this fierce teenager who wants to solve the mystery of the frozen's killer.
Also, I think it was insta-love between her and Elder. Elder's feelings for Amy seems vague and unfounded. It was reflected by his first reaction to her that he was only intrigued because she's different - literally - from everyone on the ship. So, yeah. I wasn't a fan of them.
Anyway, the world building was good. The ship, Godspeed, was described very well but that's the only good thing I can think of to say about this book. ( )
  englisherna | Apr 8, 2015 |
If you’d take a look at my could-not-finish shelf on Goodreads, you’d realize I’m not the most patient reader… Okay, I’m not patient at all. The point is, I’d much rather put down a book then attempt to finish a book I’m not feeling. This generally happens because I’m not in the mood for whatever genre I picked up or the book isn’t moving fast enough. I’d much rather give up a boring book and pick up another one then be stuck with in a horrific book slump.

I was this close to putting aside Across the Universe and moving on to another book burning a hole in my TBR list, but I am so glad I stuck with it. I had gotten to chapter ten and Amy was still frozen and I was thinking, Please, Creator of the Universe, make something happen. And guess what? It did! And I wound up loving this! So the lesson of this anecdote: I need more patience with slow starting books, because I could wind up loving one of them like I did this one.

As you can probably tell, I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction here lately. However, Across the Universe is my first venture into space this year. I’m not big on space voyages and futuristic fiction, but I have always been curious about cryogenics so when I realized this book would be a whole new take on cryogenic-ally freezing the human body, I jumped at the chance to check it out from the library.

What is cryogenics? It’s basically the idea of flash freezing the human body after someone has died so that eventually, when scientists are able to transplant people into younger bodies in “the future”, they will be thawed out and placed into a healthy body. The reason they have to “flash freeze” them is because the process of freezing a body and thawing it out causes living cells to burst and die a “true death.” This is actually something you can buy into before your death… it’s a kind of funeral plan and I’ve always found it so fascinating!

Now in real life, people shell out money for scientists to flash freeze them after death (very soon after death, but they are dead when this happens) but in the case of Amy and her parents in Across the Universe they were alive when cryogenic-ally frozen so that they could board a spaceship and land on Century-Earth – a newly discovered planet that is able to sustain life… they hope. I’m not a squeamish person but reading and watching Amy and her parents practically kill themselves for a dream that they might inhabit this new planet made me shudder.

It also felt like a stupid risk for something that is out of their control… anything could happen to them while they are frozen, something Amy is now finding out the hard way as she learns she thawed out 50 years before her parents will. There is no way for her to return to her frozen state, either, because the way she thawed almost killed her. I can understand her rage and disbelief and sadness, but at the same time I’m thinking YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE OUT THAT YOU WERE GIVEN!!! I love my parents, but I don’t think I could have followed them to their frozen deaths for 300 years. Nope, I have a hard enough time giving up control – that would be the ultimate sacrifice I doubt I’d ever be able to give. Guess I’m selfish like that. *shrug*

Strangely, I had no problems with any of the characters! It is rare for me to like all characters in a young adult novel – I typically have a complaint here and there but fortunately, I liked both the protagonists and even the evil Leader of Godspeed (the ship they are on), Eldest. Even though he’s the future’s worst kind of villain I couldn’t wait to see what he did next!

Amy was a bit whinny and rather depressed but I found that it was realistic for her problems and her age. If I found out that I am trapped on a ship 50 years too early with an evil dictator who has brainwashed everybody but two people on a ship full of thousands to think I am a freak because I’m not monoethnic (meaning she her skin, hair, and eyes didn’t match everybody else’s on the ship – apparently “difference is the first reason for discord” *scoffs*) and I don’t blindly follow everything that Eldest tells them – because it’s all lies, mind you – yeah, I’d be one pissed off chick trapped on a ship with people who hated the sight of me and with at least one person trying to murder me. You gotta give her some leeway.

I also liked Elder’s character (his name is Elder because he is next in line as leader, and will be called Eldest… yeah, I know. It’s a stupid name for dictators to have), even when he made stupid mistakes in the name of curiosity. Though I would chalk that up to finding out that the person who’s sort of a cruel-father-figure for him has been lies and secrets he should rightfully know, well… He’s not such a bad guy either.

While I found Across the Universe to be a bit predictable at times and slow-moving at first, Revis threw plot twists into the mix that kept me on my toes and itching for more. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, A Million Suns, because I need to see what happens between Amy and Elder after that massive cliffhanger! I recommend this book to young adult readers who enjoy adventures in space. ( )
  One_Curvy_Blogger | Mar 17, 2015 |
This book was a quick and enjoyable read. I liked the story and enjoyed the characters, though I do feel that they needed a bit more fleshing out. Both Amy and Elder seemed flat at times and I wanted a bit more from them. I will say however, that I liked the way their relationship was handled in the book. It seemed as realistic as I could imagine a relationship to be, formed under their particular circumstances. Though there were parts of the book that I was easily able to predict, other parts came as a complete surprise. The end was perfectly written and has me begging for the sequel to find out how the future of Godspeed. All in all, it's a solid book and one I would recommend to someone looking for sci-fi and possible romance, without too much predictability on either front. ( )
  CarleyShea | Feb 5, 2015 |
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