Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill (a part of Penguin Group)
Release Date: January 11, 2011
* Won/received for review via publisher.
Amy always assumed that when she woke, it would be on a new planet in the company of her parents. However, she could not have imagined that she'd be waking up on the ship (and nearly dying in the process)... which won't land for (roughly) fifty years. And it's there that she meets Elder, a boy very close to her own age as well as Eldest, the Godspeed's dictator-like leader. While struggling to make sense of life on the ship, Amy will also have to do her best to keep whoever has been killing the cyrogenically frozen passengers from doing so again. In the process, she'll uncover some seriously large secrets about the Godspeed.
Across the Universe was filled with twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Honestly, I'm always thrilled when I find a book that can still surprise me. Beth's writing style was wonderful too and I found Across the Universe very hard to put down simply because I had to know what was going to happen next.
On one hand, you have Amy, a girl from Sol-Earth who is traveling as a non-essential with her parents (who will play a vital roll in forming Centauri-Earth). When she wakes up on the Godspeed, she's beyond out of place as the ship's inhabitants all look alike, share the same strange accent, and wear the same handmade clothes. Then there's Eldest, the leader on board the Godspeed, who believes that she's a threat. He's also less than pleased that Elder spends so much time with her, or that Elder is questioning him constantly. Elder is Eldest's protege and will one day lead the people on the Godspeed; he's definitely not like Eldest and he's most certainly taken with Amy. Oh! And don't forget Harley! I really loved Harley. He's constantly painting and he's Elder's friend. Much more than that, I cannot say--although it did make me incredibly sad!
On top of this, there are some major secrets on board the Godspeed and oh my goodness are they important! But at the same time, they're massive spoilers so if you haven't read Across the Universe just yet, you'll have to read it and see what I mean for yourself! Would I recommend Across the Universe to you? Yes! I honestly enjoyed it and I hope that you will too--if you haven't read it yet.
Across the Universe comes out in paperback form on November 29, 2011.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★