REVIEW: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I had a hard time putting this one down, mostly because this story spoke to me on quite a few levels. Sure, it takes a bit to get used to use of words like chutz and brilly, and also the weird accents, but the story bits are written so beautifully and the whole thing is so masterfully planned out that you can’t help but love it.

And I couldn’t predict a lot with this book, a few things, like who the killer was and who woke Amy up, but then some of the reasoning behind things, yeah. One thing I will say is that they should have been using plutonium, that would solved a lot of problems, but then it wouldn’t have created such a book.

I’m raving because this book gets 5 stars, because I’m looking forward to the next book, because I like how crafty Beth is in tackling issues like rape, sex, violence, racism, dictatorship, claustrophobia, control, attraction, even healthcare. It’s all woven into the book so intricately that even though it’s going on you feel sort of in the book and on the outside of the book too.

There was one thing I kinda wished was different about the book and it’s a personal taste, so let me just spell it out for those of you who have read the book. I wish they had been on the way back, but that still has the possibility of happening.

OH and thanks Beth, I have a major fear of blood, needles, etc. etc. and that ramped up my heart beat in those first two chapters. Um, I did put the book down, I had the urge to vomit at that point because book was making me nauseous. Not your fault, but rather vivid writing style.

And that’s it for this one, it gets a 5 out of 5 and I’m onto what’s next!


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