Sunday, 19 February 2012

***Review*** Across The Universe by Beth Revis


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Released: January 11th 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Series:  Yes #1 in the Across The Universe Series
Format: Kindle
Source:  Bought
Author Site: Beth Revis

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.
 
My Review:

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one. ~ Amy”

Amy is seventeen years old, up to this point she has lead a normal teenage life. This is all to change........ Amy’s parents are part of group of people that are to set up a new civilisation on a newly discovered planet that is 300 light years away. To reach this planet they have to be cryogenically frozen and placed as frozen cargo in a spaceships helm. Amy is given a choice to come with her parents or stay with other family on Earth. She chooses to follow her parents and is placed as non-essential frozen cargo. Fifty years before she is to come out of her frozen sleep, she is unplugged....... why, who and more importantly what the heck is going on?? Amy must adjust to life on board Godspeed and find out the truth.

I have to say that this book was amazing! The beginning really sucked me in. All the way through it was a fast paced and exciting read. I’ve seen so many positive reviews for this book that I just had to get a copy for myself and see what all the fuss was about. Well I’m pleased I did, as it was awesome.

This book is a YA, Sci-Fi and romance story all rolled into one. I’m not into heavy Sci-Fi books but this was great for me. I found it a real good easy read and was not baffled with techie scientific stuff. This book is suitable for teens upwards as there are no graphic scenes or bad language.

There are a few twists and turns in the story and at times you start wondering who to trust. It seems lies fuel the ship and keep it orderly. It certainly makes you feel paranoid. I like the twists and turns they certainly keep you on your toes and stops the story from feeling flat.

I really liked the dual narrative of Amy and Elder, it managed to capture two different sides. One of someone who had spent their lifetime on Godspeed (the spaceship) and one who was new to Godspeed. Seeing the ship through both of their eyes was very clever and helped enrich each character.

My favourite character was Elder, I fell in love with him from the start. He really is sweet and it was interesting to see how his character developed throughout the story. There are so many layers to him.

I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think this has to be one of the best books I have read this year and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. So if you haven’t already got a copy of this book then get one!!

Story Rating: 5/5 -  This was such an amazing story, I could read this again anytime.
Cover Rating:  5/5 -  The colours, the picture, amazing!

About The Author:


Beth Revis is the author of the NY Times Bestselling Across the Universe series, published by Razorbill/Penguin in the US and available in 17 countries. The first book in the trilogy, Across the Universe, is a “cunningly executed thriller” according to Booklist, and the second book, A Million Suns, was hailed by the LA Times as “a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up.” The final book of the trilogy, Shades of Earth, will be released in early 2013.
A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog. Her goals include travelling around the world in 80 days, exploring the moon, and finding Narnia.
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Beth is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.


 





58 comments:

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I loved this book too!!! Can't wait to see what happens in A Million Suns!

Lisa Mandina said...

I also loved this book. I'm ready to read A Million Suns, but just have other things to read at the moment. Great review!

Pen to Paper said...

Gemma bought me this one for Christmas - I'm really looking forward to it - I might read it when I've read another review copy :)
I'm especially looking forward to it now you've given it 5 stars - we both know how similar our reading tastes are!

Great review hun :)
Dani xxx

Pen to Paper said...

Update: I read the first chapter and now all I want to do is read it!
I really shouldn't have been mooching :P xxx

Chocolate Chunky Munkie said...

Oh dear Dani! You'll be sucked into reading it all now. xx

Maya Floria Yasmin said...

i really want to read this book!! :D

roro said...

I loved this book too!!! Can't wait to see what happens in A Million Suns!''' same here

rad review

Paromita said...

My friend couldn't stop raving about this book after she'd read it. I've wanted to read it ever since because I turn to her for book suggestions and I've never once been disappointed. And reading this review I think I should just do away with the procrastinating and get down to reading it!
Paro
xoxo :)

blanshire said...

I frexing love this book as well! It haunts me.
Elder is my favorite since I found his character growing within the pages. I'm also a big fan of Harley. In my opinion the story itself is more dystopian than sci-fi.
Great review. ^^

Nicola (pocketfullofbooks) said...

Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I loved it too. It was just really different to everything else I've read! And the cover is so cool. I really need to get the second book!

Christina Fiorelli said...

Oh I'm so happy you liked it because I'm not into scifi but your enthusiasm really came through!

Doodle said...

Awesome Review! Looks like I will be getting a new book soon. I love duel narration.

Sharmaine Chan said...

I can't wait to borrow my friend's copy! What a great review!

SarahSerenity said...

Just bought this book last week! About to start reading it, very excited now that it got 5 /5 :)

Sara Kovach said...

I also read & reviewed this book. I found it so easy to read that I almost read through it in on sitting!! Great review. I am so glad this book is getting such wonderful reviews.

mimz said...

Great review! I would love to read this one, I've heard so many great things about it and the sequel. It's definitely on my TBR list.

Krista said...

I'm glad you liked this book! I tried reading it on kindle and stopped halfway through, but I think it's because I'm too slow of a reader on kindle. Hopefully, I can finish it in paperback. I also loved Elder! Great review :))

LeDerpyReader said...

I prefer the older cover of Across the Universe since this one is really pink :/

Sophia Rose said...

A book that can promise SF, mystery, and romance just sounds awesome. I want to read it myself. Thanks for sharing your review!

FairyWhispers said...

the first chapter was intrguing

I felt paranoid reading it too1 hahah

LisaILJ said...

I really need to read this one. I have had it just sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for over a year now. Maybe your rating will help me get off my butt and read it already.

Raine said...

I never thought the book would be showing two POVs as I thought it would be Amy's only. I'll be checking this book out when I spot it. Tnx.

SaraEchelon5 said...

I immediately loved the cover of this book! I know that's not right but I'm influenced by the cover of a book and since I've senn this one I knew I would have read this book! The review is really intersting and also the story sounds original! Thank you
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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

This book and the next have been my fav reads so far this year. The different POVs threw me a bit but otherwise it was awesome!

IdentitySeeker said...

I loved Across the Universe too! I'm so excited for A Million Suns. It will be very interesting to see how Elder leads the ship and its people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)

Sarah Bibi Setar

Rabid Fox said...

I remember hearing about this book when it first came out, but I let it slip under the radar. Sounds like I should look it up this year.

Dark_Calling said...

Awesome book review...I have this one (paperback edition) on my shelf, should get to reading it...
I really like the synopsis of this book, so it should be good :D

Evie said...

Aww Elder is so sweet! I really liked this book too. And for some reason I'm glad that the romance is not a big part of the story.

Devon Ashley said...

I just read this last month and LOVED IT! Can't believe I waited so long to check it out. Can't wait to read A Million Suns now. :)

ZaraAlexis said...

I haven't yet read this book, but have recently joined up with RazorBill for reviews. It`s too bad I didn`t pick this one up. I can tell from your enthusiasm that you really enjoyed the book. Curious now to read about Elder...LOL.

Zara D.Garcia-Alvarez

Abby said...

Oh yeah. I just finished this one and it's THE BOMB! I am "patiently" awaiting my copy of A Million Suns! Can't wait to see how it ends.

I like Elder too! And Amy, even though she can be whiny sometimes

aparajita said...

Truly this is one book, which you'd want to read again and again

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the honest review. I hadn't made up my mind whether to read this series or not. I'm still not sure if it's one I'll enjoy.

Sassy said...

Great review. I bought this awhile ago and still haven't gotten the chance to read it. I think I may have to make it my next book to read. :)

Hushed Paradox said...

My sister has been bugging me to read this book for a few months now! I really enjoyed your review so I might actually give in to her pressure and read it soon. :) Great review.

Daenielle said...

Maybe I should read the book.

b_ls said...

Great review! I have been on the fence on whether or not I wanted to read this book. But, it sounds good and I may give it a go.

Steph said...

Great review!! I've heard such awesome things about this one - I finally broke down and bought myself a copy!

Eva Yewke said...

I chose to read and comment on this review because I didn't finish this book. I thought it's not my cup of tea. But thank you for this good review, maybe I'll give it another shot.

Shelby said...

I tried reading this book a couple months ago and gave up. I don't know what turned me off...but after reading your review, I think I might try it again. Thanks, Jenny! =)

Patricia said...

Hi! I like the fact that this book is not heavy Sci-Fi. Also, your review makes this book sound fun and exciting!

Happy Blogging!

Patricia

Irene (Josslight089) said...

Hi! I love it from the first second I read your review! I've heard a lot about this book! and I want to read it so much!

Thank you so much!

Joss!

Linda Henderson said...

I've been wondering about this book. I keep hearing about it but have resisted reading it because of the science fiction angle, I'm not that much into science fiction. Thank you for the honest review, I may give it a try.

Elizabeth said...

A lovely review :)

I wasn't sure about this book - the dystopia/ sci-fi bandwagon doing the rounds of YA at the moment turned me off a little, but based on your review I think I'll pick it up. Thanks!

Rose Pryimak said...

Great review!! I can't wait to read this book!!

Imel Cullen said...

wow! great review and this review make me want to read :D

Megan said...

Wow, that sounds really interesting - I do usually like sci fi, but not always the scary stuff...but this sounds good!

oky septya said...

I've once watch the movie and you were right, it makes me paranoid but it's a great twist afterall. I guess I love how it turned out :P

polaris said...

i loved this book! the premise is good, the book is written perfectly. and it has alternating POV, which is great!

Veronika said...

I read this book a few days ago, and it was amazing! It's a must read! I usually don't read space-related things, but this book got me since the begining!

Emmanuel dela Cruz said...

I've read a lot of good reviews on this and after reading yours I definitely need to grab my self a copy and start reading.

Stephanie said...

I really liked this one as well and also really liked Elder. It was a really interesting, unique read! I need to read the second book now!

geektasticdisappointment said...

Okay. So I've been trying to decide whether or not to jump the risk and read this book. And now I know I should. Thanks!

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

I have been seeing reviews of this book everywhere but haven't yet got a copy myself. I think I should hurry and get it. It sounds really great!

Catherine Siborutorop said...

Great review! I really like this book :D And I love the cover. Gorgeous!

Rebecca Hipworth said...

I really need to read this. The cover is beautiful and it sounds amazing. :) Thanks for the review.

Megan @ Books and Teacups said...

I've got this and I can't wait to read it this summer! Great review - it sounds so good :):)

Ileana A. said...

I don't know what is wrong with me. I start reading Across the Universe and I could't finish it cuz homework had me prisoner but now that I have time after reading your review I know a great book is waiting for me! YAYYYYY! Ready, set, GO!

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