Review: Across the Universe

Title: Across the Universe
Authors: Beth Revis


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.

 Now this was an interesting book.

Think sci-fi + dystopian society + 1984 + a 300 year ride in a metal ship. Yeah that’s basically what the book is about. It takes place (mainly) in space. Amy is one of the many cyrogenically frozen passengers aboard the ship Godspeed, which is travelling to a new Earth in hopes of extending the human population. The trip is 300 years and aside from the frozen passengers, there are about 3000 other people maintaining the ship and making sure it runs right. Among the 3000 is Elder, next in line to be leader of the ship. Then Amy gets unplugged. Thrust into the world of Godspeed, Amy stands out from everyone else (they’re all monoethnic by the time she sees them), and the nicest people there are Orion, Harley, and Elder. Together, Harley, Elder, and Amy begin to unlock the secrets of the ship and strive to find out who is trying to kill the frozens.

This took me forever to actually get to it. It’s been sitting in my room for the past two months and I just never felt the need to start it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. It totally got me hooked. It exciting and often there were parts that actually surprised me. The ‘WHO DID IT’ was obvious-ish near the end, but you don’t know WHO is the actual person (some people are given labels as their names). It was interesting, and, of course, there’s romance. It was really awesome~!

Amy’s basically a fish out of water, but she doesn’t let it get to her, while Elder is a leader in training, but despite his insane and ‘evil’ mentor, he has a heart. The book is taken from their alternating perspectives, and it’s totally worth reading ~

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
World Building: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.81/5

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.”

“For a moment, he looks back at me, and his farewell is in his smile. Then he turns to the stars. And he is gone.”

“Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”

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