Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

4 out of 5 stars.

Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Description: "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."

There ya go, folks. It's got love. It's got fear. It's got teen hormones, and mystery, and dystopian intellectualism, and, essentially, it's got a whole lot of awesomeness.

At first, to be honest, I was extremely skeptical. The story is told from the views of the two main characters, Amy & Elder, and it seemed like every time it changed to Amy's part nothing was happening. (Just a warning to y’all, if you feel this as you read, push through it.) There was also, what I felt to be a lot of choppy instances of "telling" in the beginning to give us readers information that drove me a little more than crazy.

But I said the book was "a whole lot of awesomeness," didn't I? And it is. Because once you get past the start, you get lost in the characters and their mysteries and relationships, you have all the background info you need, and you find yourself in this magnificently created world that will shock you over and over again. 

Read it. Love it. And tell me what you think.

<3 Gina Blechman