Across The Universe by Beth Revis
Book 1 in the Across The Universe trilogy
Genre: YA sci-fi
finished this book shortly after midnight. I literally wouldn’t go to sleep until I was done reading, and it was worth it. XD
When I first read the synopsis for this book, it seemed like a fun, simple sci-fi mystery. While it was a sci-fi mystery and it was fun to read, it wasn’t simple. The plot was so much more complex than I’d originally thought, and full of surprises.
There were a considerable amount of characters in this book, and they were all brilliant, if I’m honest. It was really easy to love some and hate others. Amy and Elder were great, strong leads. Amy was kind of confused and a bit naïve sometimes, but she also had times where she was livid and passionate. She had a lot of emotion and development from the time she was unfrozen to the end, and I really liked that. Elder was rebellious and outspoken in some situations, and quiet and obedient in others. I found the latter a bit annoying because he was the future leader, but the former qualities emerged enough for me to be okay with him. Harley was really sweet and funny, and he was a great artist and friend to both Amy and Elder. He was also obsessed with the stars and hiding depression, and it didn’t really work out for him. I felt bad for Harley, honestly. But throughout this whole book, I never trusted Eldest or Doc. Eldest was a lying, power-hungry old man, and Doc thought that a bunch of pills or medicine of some sort fixed everything. I was very happy with what happened to both of them in the end.
The story takes place on the spaceship Godspeed. It was very technologically-advanced, and I thought it would be a great ship to travel on for 300 years. That is, if the right person was leading its passengers, and I think that the new Eldest will do it well. Godspeed is made of four levels – the Feeder Level, where everyone lives, the Shipper Level, where the engine and all the labs are, and the Keeper Level, where the Elder/Eldest live. There’s also a secret fourth level below the Feeder level, but I’m not going to say what it is. 😉 Personally, I wouldn’t want to live on this ship.
There wasn’t any romance in this book, although something seemed to be budding between Amy and Elder. Granted, it was mostly one-sided, but I think in the second book it might turn into something more. There were some great friendships in this book, though. Amy and Elder became friends fairly quickly, and so did Amy and Harley. I feel like Amy was really desperate to keep both of these friendships on good terms since no one else liked her, and I can’t really blame her for that. I also liked Elder and Harley’s friendship, although I think it really went downhill after Amy came into the picture.
There were a ton of twists throughout this book. I honestly didn’t see any of them coming, and they all had a big impact on the story. Effects of each big twist seemed to still be playing out when the next one happened. This book was really gripping, and I didn’t want to stop reading.
Across The Universe was an epic sci-fi read, and it’s definitely a new favorite. I already checked out the sequel, so I’ll be starting that really soon. I can’t wait to be aboard Godspeed again, even though I just left about 9½ hours ago. XD
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I’ll be reading the sequel, A Million Suns, next! 😀
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? Feel free to let me know in the comments! 🙂
Until next time- Olivia ❤