Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Title: Across the Universe (GoodReads)
Author: Beth Revis
Page Count: 398
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
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.
This is the tenth book that I’ve read in the last 2-3 weeks for my YA literature class, and it is hands down my favorite book that I’ve read so far. It may even be my favorite book this year. I can’t talk too much about the plot without giving anything away, but I can say that if you haven’t picked up this book, you should do it. It’s creepy and suspenseful and really makes you question what’s right and what’s wrong. I was a few steps ahead of the characters some of the time, but there was still a bunch of stuff that I was completely surprised by.
I really like the characters in this book. They’re interesting and have their own agendas. They don’t just do what’s expected of them. Even the “bad guys” have depth to them. I may not have agreed with them all, but I could at least see why they did what they did, and I really appreciate that in a book. I’ve read so many books where the antagonists are so one-dimensional, and it’s sort of annoying. This book was refreshingly different.
Part of what I loved most, though, was reading about the way these people live and drawing parallels to our own life. I guess that’s true of all dystopian novels, but it was especially fun in this book because it wasn’t quite as in-your-face as some of the others I’ve read. This is a book that is sure to start a lot of great discussions. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read it.