Friday, May 18, 2012

Megan Rambles About Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
From 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.

This frexing awesome book!! 

Okay. So, there are some books that I absolutely love from the very first page. For me, this wasn't one of them. In the beginning, I was confused and not sure if I was going to like it. But this book completely won me over, and made me love it. 

In the beginning, it took a long time to get used to the world in Across the Universe. It was so futuristic, that all of the phrases, and technology was really confusing in the beginning. It definitely took some getting used to. Once I got into the book though, the story really grabbed my attention. And now this book has me saying things like "frexing" in casual conversation, which causes me to get weird looks. But I'm used to it. 

I really loved that this book was a combination of murder mystery, dystopia, and science fiction. It kind of blew my mind a little bit. So did how realistic it felt while I was reading it. There is a lot of talk about how claustrophobic it is being crammed onto this tiny(well not really TINY, but still) metal ship with its artificial sunlight, etc. I actually had to move over to my window and open it while I was reading this book just to remind myself that I was still on Earth where there was actual FRESH AIR. So I guess you can say this story really transported me.

This was another book that had alternating points of view between the two main characters, which I have now realized I love. I just thought it was a great way to really develop the characters of Amy and Elder. Plus, I completely loved Elder! He was so sweet, and he really did just try to do the right thing. All of the characters in this book were great and really fit into their roles well.

I was surprised by just how much this book was able to make me feel. There were several times where I was very creeped out by various different things on the ship. There were also a few things that completely disgusted me. I liked the idea of Godspeed not being so obviously corrupt from the beginning. There were some obvious problems but slowly the lies were stripped away, and some pretty shocking truths showed through. I can't wait to get my hands on A Million Suns to find out what happens to Amy, Elder, and the other passengers of Godspeed next.



  1. Oh golly. I own TWO copies of this book and have yet to read, but now I kind of want to walk over to my shelf and pull it off.
    I love a book that I can find myself completely immersed in and hearing that you felt the need to open a window while reading it certainly makes me feel like this will be an awesome read :]