Friday, 18 November 2011

Review- Across the Universe By Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult/ Sci- fi/ Dystopian
Date Published: January 11th 2011
Publisher(UK): Penguin Teen
Rating: 3/5

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 read Across the Universe after reading Glow which was also set in space. I liked Glow and I enjoyed reading Across the Universe as they are both very similar.
Across the Universe is set on a space ship called godspeed and due to wars and diseases people have left earth to inhabit a new planet. The freaky thing is that they freeze people and put them on board the godspeed. In the beginning of the book you get a very vivid description of how they go about this which went right through me, so vivid!  Amy the main female protagonist is  one of the very few people to board the ship due to her parents deciding that its best if she comes with them as they are both in the  military, and they need intelligent people to help establish on the new planet they are going to.
Amy chooses to go along but is woken up from her slumber years before they are due to arrive.

The Male lead is called Elder, he is the second in command of the ship and is currently being trained by the leader of the ship called Eldest. For a male protagonist I didn't have that much on an interest in him. He didn't appeal to me in a way many other male leads in different books do. His personality is described as pretty dull and unexciting.

Beth Revis created a world that was exciting and different there is a lot of scientific elements involved. Across the Universe has to be the weirdest book I have ever read. Not only is the idea so unique but the whole plot was strange yet endearing. I liked how the book shows the struggles of a community trying to keep the population stable in space. As you read on you find out lots of interesting things as to how the ship is run and more about the leader Eldest and how he isn't as great as everyone first makes out.
Beth Revis keeps the reader in mystery and suspense throughout! I was really shocked at the end of the book.(You have to read it to find out why)

What I didn't like was what Beth Revis describes as "the season". This is  where people mate like animals in front of everyone to try and reproduce. I found the whole idea slightly crazy. Apart from that I really enjoyed this book and will recommend it to anyone. I am certainly looking forward to reading A million suns and see how Eldest and Amy's lives progress on the Godspeed.

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