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Review: Across the UniverseAcross the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis
Published by Razorbill on Jan 11, 2011
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Format: Hardcover from Purchased
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Rating: four-stars

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 feel like I’m one of the last people to read this book. I found it to be a interesting dystopian set in an enclosed space ship. There are several layers of mystery that Amy and Elder try to solve.

I liked the heavy sci-fi feel of the book. There is space and space travel, cryogenics, genetic manipulation, and lots of technology. It was all presented as integrated into the story, without info dumping or sidebars. I liked the approach, and while I didn’t find it all believable, it was interesting.

Since this was a YA story, I was surprised at the lack of romance. Maybe it just seems super prevalent in YA, but it was noticeably not the focus in this story. There were a few touches of it, but nothing really developed, which I enjoyed. It was nice to take a break from romance and focus on other topics.

The plot itself while interesting, was a tad predictable. There weren’t any twists or turns that I hadn’t already figured out well in advance, but the story didn’t suffer for this. It was still enjoyable and quick to read.

If you haven’t picked up the book yet, I would recommend it as a fun and easy weekend read.

  One Response to “Review: Across the Universe”

  1. I liked this one too. I did think it was a tad predictable, and it seems like I read a LOT of books about civilizations trekking through space to save their people, but still enjoyed it. I’m glad you did too 😉

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