- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (Nov. 29 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595144676
- ISBN-13: 978-1595144676
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,976 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.See all Product description
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Amy volunteers to become cryogenically frozen with her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. They are set on the course to Centauri-Earth for 300 years in the future. But Amy awakes on purpose. Someone leaving her to die and she doesn't know why.
I quite enjoyed how Amy is so fiery and assertive. That she is stubborn and strong willed to cause such discord with the people of the ship. It's funny how the Feeders (farmers) are devoid of any emotion making them seem almost inhumane.
My favorite part of this novel has to be the science behind it. I love the concept of an ark being built where people are trying to get to another planet to repopulate it. It reminds me of Wall-E and that is my favorite Pixar movie to date.
Beth writes with enough humor and intrigue to suck you into her world and she does an ancient job. I couldn't stop reading until I finished. It's that good. Only a handful of writers have been able to capitate my attention since I have such a shirt attention span and Beth is I've of them.
Pick it up you won't be disappointed. If you're not a sci-fi reader you will definitely be a fan after reading ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.
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. Not too much scientific lingo to confuse the reader, just enough to make it a good wholesome setting that can be easily pictured. The plot is fantastic and well worth the read, and the surprises go off like bombs when they're revealed. I definitely think this is worth the time to go through.
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. Exactly the right details are given to set the scene without ever bogging down the narrative in excessive description. Emotions are conveyed with absolute clarity, yet the writing is never overly sentimental. I cried at more than one point, and I'm not pregnant anymore, so it's not that easy to make me cry. Perfect.
One last thing- the description that I borrowed from Goodreads really makes the romance in this book sound like a bigger deal than it is. I wouldn't say Elder and Amy are in love. It's more that they have a connection with potential. Elder is entranced by Amy from the moment he first sees her, but I think she's mostly lonely and confused. So don't go in expecting a swelling of the orchestra and lots of making out, cuz it's not going to happen. Thank goodness.
Final word: (5/5) Absolutely fantastic. Sci-fi readers and dystopian fans, rejoice! Then rush right out to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy.
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