Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: young adult fiction (dystopian)
Length: 398 pages
Published: Jan. 11, 2011
Source: public library
Resolutions: Published in 2011 Resolution; Years of Books Goal
Reason for Reading: Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick gave this book an AMAZING review last fall and then she raved about it again in a vlog post about some debut authors she’s been reading. So I decided I just had to read it 🙂 Plus, you know I’m always up for a dystopian novel 😀
Summary (Product Description):
Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Someone tried to murder her.
Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.
Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
My Thoughts: This book is amazing! I know, I tend to think this of every dystopian novel I read. I think I like dystopian novels because they are so different. Authors who can create whole new worlds–and do it well–deserve a lot of credit. And Revis did such a great job with this book–and it’s her debut!
One of the things that I loved about this story is that it all (well, except for the first couple chapters on “Sol-Earth”) takes place on a spaceship. But it’s not like Star Wars or Star Trek (granted, I’ve never seen Star Trek). I have never read a book set on a spaceship before, but I think Revis did a great job not making the story really science-fiction-y. The population on Godspeed appeared to be slightly primitive in respects and very advanced in others–they put a lot of research into science, namely because of a big problem with the ship, but in other areas the general population is kept in the dark (and only concerns itself with agriculture).
I think what I loved most about this story, was the “murder mystery” bit, as Revis calls it 🙂 Just when I thought I had figured out what Eldest was hiding from Elder, it turned out to be the complete opposite! That’s not to say that I like to be proven wrong, but that the mystery wasn’t too easy to figure out or too obvious. I never would’ve expected what the real problem was.
Thoughts on the Cover: I think the cover is beautiful. But one of the best things about it, is that it’s reversible. Now, for me that didn’t really matter because it’s a library book so I couldn’t reverse it 😦 But I had already seen images online of the reverse, so it was alright. And I think the cover, if kept on the blueprint of Godspeed side, might look a little “busy”.
I am so excited that in about a year–sometime in late winter/early spring of 2012–the second book in the Across the Universe trilogy will be published: A Million Suns 🙂