Across the Universe Paperback – Nov 29 2011
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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The narrator in this story alternates between Amy and Elder, the leader-in-training of the people awake aboard the ship. In the centuries since they left Earth behind, the culture of the ship has changed completely. All control rests in one man, Eldest, and his judgement might be a bit questionable. The unfolding of the horrors that were perpetrated in the name of survival in this society had me riveted to the page. Every time I thought I couldn't be more shocked and appalled, I was proved wrong. The truly chilling part of it all is that in every decision that was made, you can see a grain of sense, and almost understand why they chose to go that way. That, friends, is a good dystopia. While I felt like I figured out who the murderer was fairly early on, there was so much else to discover in this plot that I was never left wanting. And there was a big surprise at the end that I never saw coming.
Revis's writing could be used as a textbook on how to properly apply the concept of "show, don't tell." I felt like I was on board the Godspeed with Amy and Elder.Read more ›
In the very first chapter, I became immersed in the mystery of the starship Godspeed. From the extra year it would take Godspeed to reach its destination to the inhabitants' strange behaviors, I just wanted to know the truth (along with the main characters, Elder and Amy). It was a difficult journey for the two characters to learn the truth, some things I expected while others came as a complete surprise to me. When the two characters finally do learn the truth, they must decide what to do with their new knowledge. Some of those decisions were disclosed at the end of the book while others wait to be revealed in the next book ' which I can''t wait for.
Beth Revis' world-building ' or ship-building in this case ' was amazing. I could see the entire ship around me and when I finished the book, I didn't want to leave Godspeed. Some of the situations that occurred weren't the greatest, but I wanted to stay on and explore. I hope to do that with the next book in the series.
Across the Universe is written in first person, present tense, switching back and forth between Amy and Elder's viewpoints. Ms. Revis did an excellent job writing from these viewpoints and I never once felt lost or confused as to which character's head I was in.
All characters are described well and I knew exactly who Amy and Elder were through their thoughts, actions and words. I must admit, I love Elder. Although he is the future leader of the ship, he is extremely curious and somewhat rebellious against authority.
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1. The romance is totally unnecessary, detracts from the plot, and creates major character plot holes and issues with character arc.
2. Elder is not likable, at all. In fact, I wanted to punch him in the face for the entire book even before the end.
3. The main character is somewhat of a mary-sue. She's kinda perfect, beautiful, smart and so on.
4. While some of the concepts were super cool, the logic behind the mystery made very little sense.
5. It made me feel claustrophobic the entire way through, which is a good writing tool but didn't make me enjoy the story much.
6. Considering the amount of actual plot, this book could be a lot shorter and would be a lot better if heavily edited.
I don't know, I personally feel this book had a great concept, and I liked the twists, I liked the dual narrative so you could understand certain aspects of the plot, but frankly, I just felt that Elder as a character had no personality and was terribly characterised. This book fell into the trap of 'you're the first boy I meet therefore we will fall in love' and although it negates that in some ways, the plot twist does little to even change that, which it should have.
I originally read this book when it first came out, and my opinion still hasn't changed; while I would like to know how it ends, I disliked it enough that I would never be able to put myself through the second book. I did however buy it for a friend. So perhaps other readers would enjoy it, but for me...it needed a lot of work.
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I can't agree with most of the reviews here. While this is generally well -written and accessible, it's also derivative and predictable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peaceriverguy
Reading this without getting spoiled went like " OMFG WHY ? WHY DID YOU OMFG ELDER WHY ? "Published 18 months ago by Princess Jara-Elegado
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.Published 23 months ago by Sam
I bought this book with hopes of at least an entertaining leisurely read - but I didn't really expect anything great. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2013 by S. K. Conaghan
Bought for my teen (15). He absolutely loved it. He couldn't wait to read the rest of the series. Highly recommend!Published on Nov. 27 2013 by Lainey
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
it is compelling story telling at its best.
great story great characters great plot there is very little I disliked about this book. Read more
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 morePublished on June 18 2012 by Marsha S
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! Read morePublished on April 2 2012 by Karoline
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