Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Author: Beth Review
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Summary: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
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.
Review: Across the Universe is one of the best debuts I have ever read. It captivated me from the first chapter, the first page and I was captivated through the whole book. I read it in one sitting, in about 4-5 hours.*
To make a book so enthralling, so captivating you have to be an amazing writer. And Beth Revis is that author. The way she writes is so smooth and flowing, it is almost effortless to read. She writes the most beautiful sentences, pages, chapters.
And the characters were just as stunning as the writing. It was so easy to identify and relate with Amy and Elder. I really understood them, I felt for then and I cared for them. Amy was so broken and I need her to heal. I want her to be happy, I want her to see the outside world again one day. I need that for Elder too. I understood Elder as well, but his choices baffled me a little at first. But I understand, and I love him all the same.
The Godspeed was twisted. So twistedly evil and sinister. Sometimes it was hard to read about everything that happened on the ship. The way things happened, the way people acted was just so wrong and sick. The mystery was great, but like the Godspeed twisted and turned around so I never knew what was happening and before I could guess the next move, it was all shot down again. It was amazing.
Across the Universe will be a book I remember for a long, long time.