Tuesday, January 17, 2012

(Review) Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Summary from Goodreads:
"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."
     When I won this novel in Beth Revis's giveaway, I was overly excited. I've been longing to read Beth's novels since I finished reading Anna and the French Kiss; Beth's work is a huge hit among fellow YA bloggers. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this novel as much.
     Across the Universe was expertly written. With each twist and turn I could envision and share the character's thoughts and feelings. Similarly, the premise and background of the novel was fantastic and well portrayed. There were, however, very few developed characters and many undeveloped story lines. Furthermore, there was a very clear "good guy" and "bad guy" in this story and Amy, as a main protagonist, was a very angry character.
     Across the Universe was a fantastic piece that left me asking questions and celebrating that I already owned the second book in the trilogy even though it wasn't one of my usual book selections. I recommend this book for YA readers but not very serious science fiction readers. Similarly, I recommend this novel for readers who enjoy being engulfed in a story but not those who, like me, are even the slightest bit claustrophobic. Beth Revis has a very fantastic skill of writing imagery and creates a very realistic tale in her novel.

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