Friday, July 1, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Grade: A+


Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends--and planet--behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship.

Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.

Someone tried to murder her.

Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldests' rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship's cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.


Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 8/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 65/70

Obtained: Library.

Age Appropriate? PG-13

Cursing: Very limited.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Some drugging, some drunkenness, but nothing too bad.
Sexual Content: Lots, but it's all very animal and portrayed with a certain distaste. Also, near-rape.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Suicide, murder.


Incredibly action-packed and fast-paced, Across the Universe had me hooked from the start. Beth Revis manages to capture the immense and conflicting emotions surrounding the choice to leave Earth behind and life on a spaceship of limited size. The book is filled with tension, hopelessness, and loneliness, but is also a testament to the importance of the human spirit. I think Revis, best of any sci-fi YA author, has imagined the problems, internal and external struggles, and development of a society trapped in space extremely realistically, and her creativity is evident throughout. And through all of it, as is the nature of the genre, she speaks not only of the people of Godspeed, but of what it means to be human, to lead, to be alone in ways that are totally applicable to life on Earth--Sol-Earth, that is.

This, combined with the interesting cast of characters and the alternating perspective of Elder and Amy (two individuals with strikingly different worldviews but who are nonetheless full of the same vivacious humanity), creates a mysterious and fascinating story. I am so glad there are two more to come.


Beth Revis
The Interrobangs talks about the controversy surrounding the cover


  1. Great review! We were really intrigued by the world that Beth Revis created, although we would have liked to connect emotionally with her characters a bit more... And wasn't the villain just so creepy?! We loved that.

    If anyone wants to win a copy of this book, we're giving one away (as well as Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and As Long As We Both Shall Live by Lurlene McDaniel) - check it out!

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  2. Hey I read this a week ago too :D When you say 'best of any sci-fi YA author', I think it's mostly because of the LACK of YA sci-fi books. Sure you've got the Uglies series and the Neil Shusterman books, but there really isn't much else that sticks out in the lovely genre. I think YA could use a generous dose of spaceships and aliens. It'd be a nice change from the sort of fading paranormals, slowly rising dystopians, and shortage of good contemporaries.

  3. I'm glad to see that this book was as good as everyone else was saying. I've had this one for a while and I've wanted to read it, but for some reason, it just intimidates me. Everyone has read it, so I have really high expectations for it, but yet I don't know if I'll like it. Hmm.


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