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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595144676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144676
  • ASIN: 1595144676
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2011
Format: Hardcover
Seventeen-year-old Amy Martin watches as her parents are prepped and then cryogenically frozen before deciding to leave everything and everyone she knows on Earth to join them in her own frozen chamber. They are stored, along with many others, in the bottom level of Godspeed, a generation ship. Amy's parents would be vital to terraforming the planet in which NASA has located in the Centauri system. Few people, such as Amy, are frozen if they do not possess a critical skill needed for either colonizing the new planet or survival. The journey is anticipated to take three hundred years.

Not everyone on the gen-ship is frozen. While Godspeed travels toward Centauri-Earth, the ship is staffed with people to keep it running until they arrive. Generations are born, live, and die on the gen-ship without ever seeing the stars. Fifty years before planet fall, someone unplugs Amy's cryo chamber, and she is nearly killed. If Amy is refrozen, chances are great that she would die.

Now, Amy faces fifty years trapped within a small enclosed world without her parents or anyone familiar. Even worse, nothing makes sense. The crew has forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical leader. The people Amy considers to be normal are considered to be insane by society and kept in the hospital's mental ward on medication. Meanwhile, the people who have lost any capacity for individual thoughts are running the gen-ship.

The job of Eldest is to protect the people, not just the ship itself. Eldest is also tasked with teaching Elder, who will one day become the next Eldest. Amy is currently the only one close to Elder's age. She desperately wants to trust Elder, but Amy cannot help but see how much the teen heir respects and looks up to Eldest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa M. Dow on Jan. 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
Across the Universe starts with one of the most powerful opening chapters I've ever read. We meet Amy as she's about to be frozen, as she's faced with a decision. Will she stay in the comfort and familiarity of Earth, or will she agree to be frozen for 300 years and travel into the unknown with her parents? Her inner debate gives the reader an immediate snapshot of the character in the way perhaps nothing else could have. Of course, we know what Amy decides. She allows herself to be frozen, discovering too late that she's going to be aware the entire time. Can you imagine 300 years trapped in your own head? Ugh, it's enough to give me nightmares.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me tell you, I was not disappointed when I finished Across the Universe. Beth Revis deserves every great review her book has received. And I just read that AtU reached #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

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.

Ms.
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