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Across the Universe [Paperback]

Beth Revis
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Nov. 29 2011 Across the Universe (Book 1)
Book 1 in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!


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 an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest's 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.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable--I've found a new favorite!" --Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

"A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

"A horrifying and deliciously claustrophobic masterpiece that's part sci-fi, part dystopian, and entirely brilliant." --Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

About the Author

Beth Revis lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier. Across the Universe is her first novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid series opener! March 21 2012
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Amy is a 17 year-old teenager, whose parents are going to be cryogenically frozen so that they can travel in space for 300 years to land on Centauri Earth. Her mother is a geneticist, and her father has a military background, and the government has hand-picked them as well as other essential people who will help colonize and conquer Centauri Earth. Amy and her father watch as her mother undergoes the cryogenic procedure. Her father gives her the chance to back out by going next, telling her that he wants her to be free to make her own choice without their influence: Whether to go with them on their journey through space to be reunited in 300 years, or to remain on Earth with her aunt and uncle. Unbelievably, even after watching her parents drown in cryogenic goo, she still opts to go through with it!

Amy is jolted back to reality when someone turns off her cryogenic chamber and she begins to thaw. Rather than awakening on Centauri Earth, she finds that she is still on the spaceship, Godspeed, and that it is still approximately 49 years before it will land. With her parents still cryogenically frozen, Amy realizes that her parents will outlive her since she will be in her late 60s or possibly even dead before her parents return to the land of the living. As Amy looks for answers as to why someone would want to kill her, she uncovers a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal.

The story is told from alternating points-of-view between Amy and Elder, and I do tend to like these types of books. I feel like it gives the reader an opportunity to get to know the characters on a deeper level.

I really liked the character of Elder, who is Eldest's successor in governing the people on the ship. He is only 16 years old but was born and trained to fulfill this position of leadership.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It picks up near the end May 12 2014
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Great premise with a great opening scene that grabbed me right off the bat. But then it drags on and on through the middle. Maybe it's a reflection of my age, but how much angst can a teenager have? This book gets very slow all through the middle, but have faith - it does pick up near the end just enough to cause me to pick up the second book in this trilogy - fingers crossed it gets better with the second book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book series since Bloody Jack Feb. 20 2014
By Sam
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The book as an individual is ok but paired with the others in the series it becomes a complex world, if you like sci-fi and mystery you should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging. Edge-of-your-seat. Can't Put Down... Dec 30 2013
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I bought this book with hopes of at least an entertaining leisurely read - but I didn't really expect anything great. It took me two or three chapters to be drawn into the story, but after that...

I couldn't put it down!!

The story is unique and engaging. The secrets and timely revelations keep you reading into the wee hours of morning. The ability of the author to delve into the psyche of two very different characters is fantastic, requiring a unique talent, and I love the approach! The plot runs ahead at a fast pace, yet strangely gives you time to ponder the philosophical motivations that drive individuals, politics and society. Revis includes enough specifics about environment to bring you across time and space into the world of Godspeed, but doesn't bore you with insignificant details. She paints such subtly crafty characters that you feel like you've known these people all along, you can relate to them and the choices they make, though you wonder if you really know them at all. And just how well do you know yourself? What would you really live and die for? With whom would you draw your deepest alliances?

Revis has done an incredible job of thrusting teen-focused literature toward consideration of mature ethical issues, while maintaining the hope and passion with which every young person connects. Through well-created and meaningful twists in the plot, complex characters, and intriguing environments, Revis claws at and cradles your deepest emotions and notions without manipulating a one-sided political position.

As I turned the last page of the first in this series, I was already reaching for the second book - I didn't care that the clock read 02:34AM…

I'm IN Beth Revis' world on the other side of the Universe and I just HAVE to know what comes next...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teen read Nov. 27 2013
By Lainey
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Bought for my teen (15). He absolutely loved it. He couldn't wait to read the rest of the series. Highly recommend!
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By Erick
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it is compelling story telling at its best.
great story great characters great plot there is very little I disliked about this book.
I reccomend this book to ages 16-25 its a bit dark at times.
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
First, all I have to say is, WOW. This was such an excellent book that I had to read this without interruptions or I'd get angry. I LOVED this book!

I do admit, I was skeptical at first. I was concerned because there might be scientific jargon, and that it would be difficult to understand but it wasn't! and there was no hard to read science lingo here either! everything was well described and in clear detail.

I absolutely loved the concept of living on a ship, and the dynamics on how people related to one another, and how they survive and live together. The history of the ship and its' people is also interesting to read up on. The actual description of the ship itself was fun to read, it made me think of Star Trek immediately. Since this is mostly coming from Amy's point of view some of the things she encounters are strange and rather disturbing. There is a dark ugly side to how this ship is run and once everything is laid out in the open (you'll be blindsided a couple of times), there's a great amount of uncertainty but leaves the book with such a great ending and you'll be left wanting more!

The mystery behind who wanted to kill her was also well thought out. There is a bit of a guessing game involved - but not much and although the mystery is the main theme of the book, there's other things to focus on such as how Amy's character develops throughout the novel as she tries to adjust to this kind of living. The characters in the book are also really well written. I did take a liking to Harley. Amy and Elder on the other hand, are interesting enough to read - especially Amy as she has lots to worry about.

I am definitely looking forward to the sequel! It's a perfect science fiction read for the younger adult age bracket.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed with Across the Universe
This was the old cover and I thought it was OK. They redesigned them, and although I do like these new covers, I'm irritated about all these cover redesigns decided in... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars transcends genres
Distopian? SF? YA? Yes and no to all. This fabulous novel transcends all genres. An original and compelling first novel, that's for sure. Must now read the second one. Read more
Published on June 18 2012 by Marsha S
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling space mystery
I have no idea why I waited so long to finally get around to reading this one, because it was awesome. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2011 by Brenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read But Not As Unique as the Buzz
Frozen along with her parents in order to endure the trip to a new planet as settlers, Amy finds herself traumatically woken long before her journey is scheduled to end. Read more
Published on May 2 2011 by Jennifer Bogart
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Lost for Words
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Vimala from Penguin Canada for sending me a copy of this book for review. Read more
Published on March 5 2011 by Cor Lost For Words
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing debut!
***May contain spoilers***

I find that a lot of the time when plot lines are fueled entirely by lies, like this book, it takes quite a bit of time to process fact from... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2011 by Avery Greaves
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