Thursday, April 21, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
Checked out from the Public Library

Book Jacket Summary
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.
Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

My Thoughts
I love Science Fiction and growing up watching shows like Star Trek: NG, Farscape, and Sliders (does anyone remember that one?) made me wish I could go flying through space or exploring wormholes. This book made me remember how much I enjoyed SciFi and the space exploration aspect of the genre.
The story is told through the POV of Amy and Elder in alternating chapters. Each has a very distinctive voice and even though I do not usually enjoy alternating narrators this book gets it right.

I really liked Amy who decides to go with her parents to another world for a better opportunity. Her parents are essential to the mission, her father is a military leader and her mother a specialized biologist. Amy leaves her home, her friends and her life behind to go with her beloved parents. Unfortunately she awoken early from her cryogenic sleep with decades to go before they reach the planet they are hoping to get to and the strange culture that has grown in the spacecraft over the past 300 years may not be accepting of a different looking face. Elder is also an interesting character that is to be the next leader of his people but lonely for someone his own age. The world he lives in in very different form ours and Amy's world with cultural mores that have shifted in another direction. They are trying to live within a very confined space and with no way to get out. This adds an element of claustraphobia that Amy (a runner) has to deal with at all times.

This book is really intense and I would not read it if you have anxiety issues. The first chapter alone had me scared for Amy and how she has unending dreams that she cannot control. It is very much a torturous experience to read about how she thinks and dreams for 300 years without stopping for a moments peace. The rest of the book is a puzzle that you are trying to solve along with Amy and Elder.


  1. Okay, now I'm seriously regretting not buying that copy available at Half-Price Books. Ah, well, we do have some copies at the library, so I'll be able to borrow one from here sometime soon. :) Thanks for the great review!

  2. I should add that this is suggested "library check out book" aka really good but not great enough to buy! :) I have to be very careful with what I get- I am running out of room in my apartment!

  3. I remember Sliders and I loved Farscape and Star Trek, all of them even the last one with Scott Bakula. I have watched more sci-fi TV shows than I have read sci-fi books and I liked that Across the Universe got me back into the genre. There is another sci-fi book, Glow, coming out in the fall that seems similar to Across the Universe. I may have to check that one out too.
    Truly Bookish


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