Friday, 14 January 2011

Review for Across the Universe by Beth Revis

"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." When I first found out about Across the Universe several things went through my mind. Number one being oh my gosh I think that is the most awesome cover I’ve ever seen. Number two it’s set on a spaceship in the future!? I’ve never read a book like that before. And three it’s being described as Avatar meets Titanic two of my favourite films ever!? Well hell sign me up to read this! And I did literally sign up for Lynsey’s wonderful UK book tour. So to say I was excited about reading Across the Universe is an understatement. I just prayed that it would live up to the incredibly high expectations I had for it, and upon reading the very first chapter not only did I know I was going to love it but I also knew it would be a 5 star book. You’re immediately sucked into this book right from the very first page unlike some other books it doesn’t take 50 odd pages to get into, it has your attention right from the start and refuses to let go until the end. I think I put it down 3 times in total and each time I did it was constantly on my mind. I haven’t thought about a book so much and been so eager to get back to it since The Hunger Games. There is literally a whole new world to discover on this space ship and so much to learn and take in. The world’s development was highly believable and so well thought out that this book has almost convinced me that this IS the future. There’s a whole new universe to discover and I was mesmerised by the detail and thought that Beth Revis went into to create this story. What I loved most about this book was the plot, but that’s not to say that I didn’t love everything else about it. The chapters are told alternately between Amy and Elder and I loved both of these characters voices. I thought Amy was a strong willed, courageous heroine and loved discovering this strange future from her point of view. I also loved learning about Earth and discovering the secrets of a spaceship that he will one day lead with Elder. My only complaint is the romance. It was pretty much none existent between them but I can definitely see it developing in future books now that the story’s set up and to be honest so much was going on with this book that I hardly missed the lack of a big romance at all, but I do think you should know going into this book that it’s very plot and action driven so don’t open it expecting a great epic romance. Although there is definitely a spark between Amy and Elder that I really hope Beth Revis develops in future books. I still can’t get round the fact that this is a debut novel. Beth Revis has a strong voice as an author and a wonderfully creative and intelligent imagination. Beth is definitely an author to watch and I’m already getting angsty for this books sequel. I love this book with a passion and will buy and read Beth Revis’s future books without question. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an out of this world read quite literally! My Rating 5/5 stars ***** Thanks go to Lynsey for putting this book on tour. Check out UK book tours here. Synopsis taken from goodreads


  1. Great review! I'm about 50 pages from the end and it is amazing! I agree with all your points about it. It's brilliant! :D

  2. I'm reading this now and I agree, it doesn't seem like a debut novel at all. Beth Revis is that good.

    Great review! :)

  3. Thanks for a great review. I'm reading this now and the writing and story is fantastic.

  4. This is next on my TBR pile. Can't wait for it!


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