Author: Beth Revis (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: Across the Universe #1
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
Format: eBook (448 pages)
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket
At first, I didn’t like Beth Revis’s new vernacular, “chutz” and “frex.” Chutz is used to describe ego, gumption, and bravery, but in a slangy sort of way, kind of like saying “You don’t have the balls …” (or chutz in the book). And, frex is used as profanity and seemed as Revis’s way to get around using the F-word in her book, kind of like how the characters in Battlestar Galactica say “frack.” After a while, though, I got used to the vernacular and it stopped bugging me.
The ending didn’t sit well with me at first. However, now that I’ve had time to think about it and let it ruminate a little bit, I can see how it gives the story more potential, which is good since Across the Universe is the start of a trilogy.
I didn’t like that I guessed who the bad guy was pretty early on in the story. I know I could see things from different points-of-view, but it seemed a little too obvious. However, I did like watching how the characters came to the knowledge of who the bad guy was; that journey was logical and didn’t seem contrived.
Despite the things I didn’t like or had a hard time with, I quickly fell in love with the world Revis created. Not so much the Dystopian aspect of it, but the overall creativity and story potential it created. It was so unique and interesting.
I loved the characters. Amy was a great heroine, although she felt very young at times because she calls her parents “momma” and “daddy.” I especially loved Elder; I loved seeing his character grow throughout the book.
I really liked the first-person narrative style in both Amy’s and Elder’s point-of-view. It made the story well-rounded and I liked not being locked in only one mind.
I’m really looking forward to more works written by Beth Revis. This is a fantastic debut novel and I think this story has a lot of potential. It will be fun to read the next two books and see how this story unfolds.
There were a few scenes that were a little uncomfortable and awkward. There’s a part in which Elder envisions the supple nature of Amy’s breasts, and being in his head during that point was a little much. Also, because of how the ship is run, there’s a mating season and although the scenes weren’t graphic, it felt awkward and a little disturbing. However, I think that was Revis’s point because Amy felt that it was unnatural, having lived on Earth and knowing that humans don’t have “mating seasons” when every human within a particular age group mates all at the same time.