Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review - Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the UniverseSeventeen-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 would never have declared myself a sci-fi nerd. A nerd yes, but I never got into sci-fi. After reviewing my recently watched TV shows on Netflix, it's apparent I've become quite fond of the genre, but I haven't ventured into reading much sci-fi until this book. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed Across the Universe just as much as my favorite episode of Doctor Who (Blink, if you're wondering. BTW - do not click on that link of you're sitting alone in the dark.) and the whole of the series Firefly. And yes, Beth gets extra points for her use of the word "rutting".

Things I loved about the book:
  • Amy is a very strong female character. She doesn't take no for an answer, but she's also appropriately scared at this new world she's brought into.
  • The mystery. One of the things discovered towards the end is something I never saw coming.
  • The world building. No detail is left untouched. Even without looking at the diagram of the spaceship, I was able to get a clear picture of what each level of Godspeed looked like.
  • It gave me nightmares. It's pretty rare that a book gets that deep inside my head that I have dreams about being frozen or trapped on a spaceship. I can't imagine what that would be like. I mean, even Captain Mal and his crew got to leave the ship every so often for zany adventures.
In sum, I frexing loved this book. I can't wait for the next one.



  1. I so agree! Amy was a great strong character to read.

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