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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
Razor bill (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-1-59514397-6
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description:  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
The Good Stuff
  • Kept thinking of Serenity (Hmm Phydus = Pax) Starlost and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy while reading (that is a good thing)
  • Amy was # 42 teee hee hee (For you non geeks according to Hitchhikers, 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything)
  • Became hooked right away with what was going on on the ship
  • very suspenseful at times - nice mystery where you are not sure who is good or bad -- and some gasp moments
  • Some hilarious dialogue (Especially some of the inner dialogues)
  • Fabulous cover (hardcover edition)
  • Liked the fact that it is told in both Elder and Amy's POV 
  • Revis is a good storyteller - this would probably be fantastic as an audio book
  • Tons of sci fi nerd references

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Both Amy and Elder come across as younger than they actually are, almost immature which threw me off a couple of times considering the plot
  • Some of the plot points aren't  really logical  or make sense if this situation was real
  • Hated the make up slang (personal preference here) same thing happened when I read The Maze Runner series  -  its irritating and in this case very much overused
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"But the long and short of it is that you have to be naked, and neither of them wanted me to see iehter of them naked )not like I wanted to see them in all their nude glory, gross), but given the choice, it'd be best for Mom to go first, since we have the same parts and all."

"I moved to the Keeper Level was about Sol-Earth's religions.  They were magic stories, fairy tales, and I remember laughing myself silly when Eldest told me how people on Sol-Earth were willing to die or kill for these fictional characters."

"Everything is wrong here. Shattered. Broken.
Like the light.
Like me.
I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Would recommend this for the more reluctant YA reader
  • The more mature YA reader will find it a tad juvenile
3.75 Dewey's

I borrowed this from Jenn

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