Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publish Date: January 11th, 2011
Series: Across the Universe #1
Number of Pages: 398
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
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.
This book is all over booktube, which is the reason that I picked it up.
Across the Universe is a sci-fi romance novel and I enjoyed reading it. It details the journey of a ship, the Godspeed and the development of the people living on it. It was a relatively enjoyable read and it’s errors, while present, were not so bad that they majorly influenced the likableness of the story.
Plus it’s a nice change of pace from the usual post-apocalyptic dystopians.
Sci-fi is not usually my choice of genre. I hate the subject of astronomy. In sixth grade, we did moon journals and I hated it with a fiery passion.
Even so, I wish that Across the Universe had had more information about the science behind the Godspeed. We’re treated to loads of information about the citizens and history behind the ship, but what I want to know is the technology. How does the ship run? How do they manipulate and reuse resources? The book skimmed over a lot of the science behind the methods used on board. Revis does a fantastic job building up the setting details and while she did have some of this information, I still want more.
(But not as an info-dump, which thankfully, wasn’t a problem in this book)
The characters were alright. Amy can be unbearable at times, but some of it can be attributed to her high amount of panic when she realizes, “Oh shoot I’ve been woken up early”. I do think that she was too inconsiderate. She doesn’t understand that the Godspeed IS NOT LIKE Earth and that the ship has essentially been reduced to a homogeneous society. She doesn’t realize that her different appearance might cause the people on board the ship to rebel. She’s selfish and doesn’t know what she’s doing half the time.
On the other hand, I’m not really sure if I like Elder that much. He’s naive and kind of dull. Half the time he was talking about how beautiful Amy was and it’s really obvious that he wants to get in her pants. I also felt like he was a doormat. Too meek. However, his creative friend, Harley, was really great.
The plot was pretty predictable what with the reader knowing who the enemy is within the first fourth of the book. There were a few plot twists that I didn’t expect, but looking back, I honestly probably could have predicted them had I been focusing more.
There were both good and bad things about the romance. Very insta-love-y on Elder’s part. Kind of annoying reading all about his obsession with Amy 24/7. But hey, at least there wasn’t any love triangle and the love isn’t forced on Amy.
I liked this one a lot.