Thursday, March 21, 2013

Across the Universe by Beth Revis [Review]

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Release:  January 11, 2011
Hardcover: 389 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
.Across the Universe starts off well.  We are introduced to Amy, who is about to give up her life on Earth to join her parents in cryo sleep aboard a spaceship that will take them to a new planet to colonize.  We are then introduced to Elder, the teenaged future leader of the Godspeed, as he fantasizes about leading his people. They soon meet up when Amy is unfrozen too soon.  Now Amy is aboard the ship with fifty years to go until they reach the planet and without her parents, who are still frozen.  Amy doesn't look or talk like anyone else and is feared by many because she is different.  Meanwhile, other people are being unfrozen, but they don't survive and it is obvious that someone has bad intentions. 

Revis does some neat tricks.  She imagines what a small isolate population might look like in 250 years.  There is no longer race or ethnicity, there is no religion, and only one language.  Even English has undergone change - both in sound and accent and lingo.  I liked what Revis had done there.  I also liked the alternating chapters between Amy and Elder.  It gave an interesting insider/outsider perspective.

But there were some problematic parts.  Revis takes a "throw it against a wall and see if it sticks" approach to her plot.  There was a lot of subterfuge and misdirection, but I still managed to figure out the culprit upfront.  I'm undecided how I feel about the "mystery" aspect of who was unplugging people.  There are a few plot holes and I have to not think about them too much in order to enjoy the rest of the story. 

Overall, I liked it.  I sometimes struggles with plausibility but I am interested enough in the story to continues with the series.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Across the Universe
2. A Million Suns
3. Shades of Earth

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