Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
ARC, 398 pages
Date Published: January 11, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
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.
Incredible, phenomenal, sci-fi goodness with twists, turns, new words, and tyrants – I loved this book! It’s a pretty hefty tome, but I read it easily in one day, unable to put it down. I’m not sure if I can even properly describe why Across the Universe is so good, but I’ll try.

Revis tackles sci-fi so well that even those who don’t read sci-fi (me) will still love it. Not only are the characters complex (and hard to figure out), but the ship Godspeed is so crazy/cool/complicated that I was salivating to know more.

The dual narrative of Amy and Elder works very well and keeps the plot moving. The main characters each offer insight into different worlds and different perspectives. The murderer on the loose provides this backdrop of suspense that never lets up. Each turn of the page feels like we’re getting deeper and deeper into the lies that have built Godspeed.

Amy’s cryo state is haunting and heartbreaking. Her struggle between dream and nightmare will stick with you, even after she wakes. Once Amy is awakened, we get to meet this fierce girl who will do anything for the people she cares about.

Then there’s Elder. He is young, but intelligent. He acts with his heart even when everything around him tells him otherwise. Eldest, Elder’s mentor and predecessor, on the other hand, is more tyrannical, more critical, more ‘for the greater good.’ Emotions never overwhelm him or control him, which makes him easy to hate – I sure did. He’s very Hitleresque, but sometimes I understand exactly where he was coming from.

Tension is palpable from page one, but Amy’s and Elder’s friendship provides some sweet moments and Elder’s best friend Harley brings some comedy and lightheartedness in. Revis ramps up the mystery, but never lets us forget that Amy is stuck on a ship full of strangers, in a time she doesn’t understand, desperate to make sure her parents do not meet the same fate as those who were awakened after her. She’s trapped on a ship with nowhere to run, desperate for freedom, but knowing she can’t have it. She’s an outsider, a freak. And we feel that along with her.

Across the Universe has surpassed all my expectations with its complex story built on lies and deception. Amy, Elder, Harley, even Eldest grabbed my shoulders, shook them, then told me to pay attention and figure it out. Figuring out one aspect of everything just left me reeling because the next second a twist threw me for a loop. Sci-fi and dystopian fans will love Across the Universe, but so will anyone who loves a well-written, thought out, complex story with interesting characters and a plot that only seems to thicken.

Opening line: Daddy said, “Let mom go first.” ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines (I have a word doc full of fave lines, so picking one is beyond difficult):
Everything is wrong here. Shattered. Broken.
Like the light.
Like me.
I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.
I am surrounded by walls.
I have just replaced one box for another. ~ pg. 125
And because one wasn't enough:
This is the secret of the stars, I tell myself. In the end, we are alone. No matter how close you seem, no one else can touch you. ~ pg. 390
*This is the ARC version and lines, cover art, etc. may be subject to change before official publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Nice review. Agreed with all that you said! AtU is a must read. ;)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Eeek! I'm so stoked for this book! I can't wait. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. And seriously? You have a whole Word Doc full of quotes? I love quotable books. I think you just gave me a serious case of book envy. Now where's that credit card....Lol.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Natalie - You MUST read it! I may have to have a monthly review wrap-up featuring quotes (and AtU obviously) because I want to share all book-quoting goodness!

Andrea said...

Hi! I'm a new follower and I just wanted to say that I really like your blog! Anyway, great review, this book seems really interesting and it's been getting lots of great reviews so I can't wait to read it. :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thanks for following Andrea! And thanks for leaving a comment :D AtU is incredible, I can't say it enough.

~The Book Pixie said...

I'm just dying to read this one and your review doesn't help that. lol. I'm so glad to see you loved this one and thanks for the review. :D


Bere said...

Absolutely brilliant review, Nikki! I'm super excited to get my hands on this one and your review has made me all the more excited. I've already heard great things on Across the Universe. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you! =D

Bere said...

Absolutely brilliant review, Nikki! I can't wait to get my hands on this one and your review has made all the more excited. I've heard such awesome things on Across the Universe. Definitely one to lookout for. Thank you, Nikki! =)

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Great review! My favorite line is at the very beginning where she says (paraphrasing - I don't have the book here) "I want that one more year!"

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