I first found out about Across the Universe in October of 2010. After reading the first chapter from the Across the Universe website (http://www.acrosstheuniversebook.com/), I was hooked. January 11, 2011 could not come soon enough. I entered as many contests as I could to try and score an ARC of Across the Universe, but never won. I was envious of those who did because I only read great reviews of AtU. When Christmas came, and I received tons of gift cards from Chapters/Indigo, I immediately pre-ordered the book and waited some more. Still more contests that I didn’t win, but I knew I had a copy of AtU on the way. I could have waited for the Kobo edition to come out, but this was one book I wanted to physically hold in my hands, and to see the reversible cover.
I had been following Beth Revis’ blog (http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/) for quite some time as well and found out that Penguin/Razorbill was looking for bloggers to help with a “super secret” project concerning the release of Across the Universe. Of course I hopped on board and sent my info to the email address provided. This blog post is the result: http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/?p=2763
On January 10, I received an email saying Across the Universe had shipped. I was so excited, but wondered how many more days I would have to wait before my copy arrived. I was reading another great book on my Kobo at the time and wanted to finish it, but I knew AtU would be the next book I read. I have NEVER been more excited to read a book.
To my surprise, Across the Universe arrived the next day in the mail along with XVI by Julia Karr. (Julia is another writer who blogs on http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com/ and her book released the week before.)
I finished the other book that morning and started reading Across the Universe in the evening. Although I had read the first chapter already, it had been a couple months and I needed to refresh my memory.
Let me tell you, I was not disappointed when I finished Across the Universe. Beth Revis deserves every great review her book has received. And I just read that AtU reached #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
In the very first chapter, I became immersed in the mystery of the starship Godspeed. From the extra year it would take Godspeed to reach its destination to the inhabitants’ strange behaviors, I just wanted to know the truth (along with the main characters, Elder and Amy). It was a difficult journey for the two characters to learn the truth, some things I expected while others came as a complete surprise to me. When the two characters finally do learn the truth, they must decide what to do with their new knowledge. Some of those decisions were disclosed at the end of the book while others wait to be revealed in the next book – which I can’t wait for.
Beth Revis’ world-building – or ship-building in this case – was amazing. I could see the entire ship around me and when I finished the book, I didn’t want to leave Godspeed. Some of the situations that occurred weren’t the greatest, but I wanted to stay on and explore. I hope to do that with the next book in the series.
Across the Universe is written in first person, present tense, switching back and forth between Amy and Elder’s viewpoints. Ms. Revis did an excellent job writing from these viewpoints and I never once felt lost or confused as to which character’s head I was in.
All characters are described well and I knew exactly who Amy and Elder were through their thoughts, actions and words. I must admit, I love Elder. Although he is the future leader of the ship, he is extremely curious and somewhat rebellious against authority.
Ms. Revis fully immersed me in the world inside Godspeed, but I am glad I followed her blog (http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/) too, so that I could see her inspiration for Harley’s Koi paintings (Click on the end of the telescope. The password is: seekthetruth) and also this post (http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/2010/03/books-in-science-fiction-world.html) that shows a video of technology similar to the ‘floppy’ mentioned in AtU.
I recommend Across the Universe to anyone and everyone. Even if you don’t read YA or science fiction, you should give this book a shot. It really is that good.
Watch the Across the Universe video book trailer narrated by Lauren Ambrose:
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Razorbill
ISBN 1595143971 (ISBN13: 9781595143976)
Audio Book also available:
Audio CD, 8 pages
ISBN 014242899X (ISBN13: 9780142428993)
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 awake 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 a 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.
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