Across the Universe

Zoe N. | June 10, 2013 | Review

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

by Beth Revis

Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Romance
Published: January 11th, 2011
by Penguin

one-half-stars

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Summary:

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.

Review:

This is the secret of the stars, I tell myself. In the end, we are alone. No matter how close you seem, no one else can touch you.

While Across the Universe may not be flawless, it is still a fresh breath into the young adult science fiction genre that is sure to entertain readers.

17-year-old Amy and her parents are cargo a spaceship, frozen until they’re awaken 300 years later once the ship arrives at “New Earth.” 50 years before they’re scheduled to arrive, however, someone wakes Amy from her slumber in an attempt to murder her. Amy must figure out who woke her up – or her parents might be next.

Unfortunately, however, the mystery of who unplugs Amy is very easy to solve. It’s rather obvious, and I wish there were a few more red herrings in place.

Interestingly enough, the secondary characters – specifically Eldest and Orion – are much more complex than Amy (who whines and complains and is relatively difficult to like). I would have found it interesting if there was more focus given to them because their characters are extremely intricate and well thought-out.

What sets Across the Universe apart from other science fiction books is how discusses themes such as democracy, lies, and power. In what situation is it okay to lie people? Is it worth giving up your democracy / freedom if it means survival? How does power obstruct people? It’s fascinating to read about.

A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger. A leader is someone willing to give him strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.

Across the Universe is a breath of fresh air into YA science fiction. It’s similar to (but not quite as good as) Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan in the way that it addresses ethical themes in a space setting. I just wish the mystery was more unpredictable and Amy’s character was more likeable.

one-half-stars

One comment

  1. Hallo Zoe!

    I didn’t want to spoilt reading this book which is why I am simply leaving a quick note on this post and will return to leave a longer one after I’ve read it! 🙂 I wanted to look through your review archive and noted that we tend to gravitate towards similar books!! I’ve bookmarked your blog, so as I read the books we share in common I can dart back over and chat with you about them! I look forward to it! Quite thankful you left a comment on my blog today! I am always curious who reads my posts & if my reviews connect to my audience! Thank you for giving me a window into this, as I do appreciate it! 🙂

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