Monday, 22 April 2013

Book Review: Across the Universe by: Beth Revis

My Rating: ★★★★
Date Published: January 11th,  2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416
Do I own it?: Yes

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.


** spoiler alert ** 

I enjoyed this book very much, but I did not give it five stars because the ending was very slow and boring. 

Honestly, I did not think that this novel would be so creepy. I was extremely surprised. I found that the freezing process was awful. When the author was describing this scene, I was getting chills. I also thought it was really sad that Amy was half conscious the entire time she was frozen, which is over 300 years.

This book had fantastic characters.I hated Eldest from the moment I met him. I loved Elder and especially Harley. I also liked Doc. The only negative thing that I have about the characters is that there were a lot of predictable moments. I knew that Elder had unplugged Amy, I strongly suspected that Orion is the one who was unplugging everyone else, I also suspected that when Amy was in the garden waiting for Harley to come back from getting his paints that she would be raped or almost raped. I also knew that Harley was going to kill himself or harm himself in some way after we found out that his girlfriend killed herself.

I loved the mysteries in this novel though. Every time a secret was revealed, I was shocked, and found myself gasping at the book. I was also repulsed at some of the secrets and answers to the questions I had.

The ship was extremely interesting, and I loved how everything worked together. I find that the idea for this book was fantastic. I liked it a lot, and cannot wait to buy and read the second book. I already read the first chapter of A Million Suns, and I really want to know what happens next!