Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Posted February 19, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 6 Comments

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
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Also by this author: A Million Suns , Shades of Earth

Title: Across the Universe

Series: Across the Universe #1
Author: Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill

Number of pages: 398

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Book Description:
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I think I would have likes this more if I had actually read it instead of listened to it. I was fine with the narrator for Amy but Elder’s got on my nerves. I think he had too much of an accent to pull off someone in a monoethnic society.

I also felt like things were evolving very slowly. I know a ton of action can’t be expected to take place in a ship, but a little more tension would have been great. The plot was good. I found it a little predictable but it didn’t take away from the storyline.

My favorite part of this book was the characters. They were very well written, and have depth. Amy is strong and independent. She doesn’t back down even when she’s up against Eldest. She fights for what she believes is right. Elder is sweet and has the best of intentions. He just doesn’t always have the best execution of plans. He ends up acting awkward most of the time because Amy is so different than anyone he’s ever been around. Harley is by far my favorite character. He’s incredibly sweet and outgoing. He’s not afraid to be Amy’s friend when others are leery of her. He’s so full of life that his good moods are contagious.

I would say this is for fans of sci-fi with a romance and mystery that needs to be solved.

About Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

6 responses to “Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

  1. I made it about a 1/3 of the way in this book and put it down. I want to pick it back up eventually, though it totally pisses me off the covers have been changed like a billion times. grr. -.- lol. great review!

    • Yeah I like the originaly covers better, but whatevs. It doesn’t really effect me since I have them in audio format. But I have listened to the second one, and it’s better. And so far the third is pretty great. I think the narrators helped with that.

    • I’ve read some sci-fi, but not much. I was actually pretty glad the romance wasn’t the major thing going on in the story. I’m liking the rest of the series much better.

  2. Totally agree. A narrator that you can’t connect to or even one that grates on you a little bit can really hamper the listening experience. I still have this book on my shelf…not sure when I’ll get to it.

    • It’s definitely not one I’d push aside everything else for, but it’s a decent read. The narrator for Elder is different in the sequels, and it seems to flow much better.

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