Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Across The Universe by Beth Revis, hardcover edition book cover

Across The Universe
by Beth Revis

Series: Across The Universe #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, sci-fi
Editions available: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, Kindle,
MP3 CD, audio CD, international
Source: own

Summary (Goodreads):

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.


My Thoughts:

You know you'll always choose your family even if your other option is your life--your comfort zone. Amy chose to be frozen cargo together with her parents on a spaceship called Godspeed to be awaken the time they land in their new home. New planet--Centauri-Earth. Being frozen is like sleeping without really sleeping. Hundred years of sleeping--but aware of your environment, anyway--until the spaceship lands into the new world. But Amy was awaken ahead of time--by someone, who she could never thought could do it in the end. She struggles to hide in a closed space from the people living in Godspeed who all thought she's a freak--with her red hair and sudden appearance. She had to get a grip and do her best to not to wake her parents while finding out the mystery of life and people in Godspeed.

Elder, the Eldest--or the leader--in training is all eyes and eyes to the current Eldest; a diligent student--until Amy comes. Suddenly the world he's born to  is not what he thinks it is. Mysteries came, like frozen people was being murdered and Godspeed people, and everything he learned growing up and being taught by Eldest was all lie, according to Amy as she tells life in Sol-Earth.

This book is rather mysterious, intriguing and full of lies than a love story within a closed space as I first thought (because of the cover). I've never read across the universe type of novel before and this book approached fresh to me. It's interesting and new and I liked it, but I feel like there's something lacking to make it perfect.


Dystopian lovers. Readers who'd like to try out of this world story (though this not includes aliens).

Book cover comment/s:

Breathtaking. I loved it. Very out of this world. BUT as I said above, it would appear a love story when you first saw it, and the story inside is not what you expect.

Alternate cover/s:

*From now on, I'll be featuring alternate covers along with my book review posts. Unlike before, I only feature it whenever I wanted to.

The first alternate cover was almost the same as the original cover except that this one has white background between Amy and Elder. The third cover has the same concept with the original but this one's obviously animated and with green background, German edition. It also has different title. The fourth one is like the blueprint of Godspeed. I liked it second best. The fifth's Greek edition.

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