Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Teen Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
ISBN-13 Book: 9781595143976
Publisher CD: Penguin Audio
ISBN-13 CD: 9780142428993
Source: Purchased a copy of the book from Barnes and Noble. Checked out audio CD from my public library. This is my honest review!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When Amy joined her parents and agreed to be frozen to travel for 300 years to to a new planet, she had no idea that she would be waking up 50 years before reaching her destination to find her parents still frozen, a tyrannical leader who threatens to kill her, and a killer who is targeting the frozens loose aboard the ship.Across the Universe is told in alternating chapters by the two main protagonists; Amy who was supposed to travel as frozen cargo to the new planet and Elder, a sixteen year-old inhabitant and future leader of the ship Godspeed. Amy expected to wake up on the new planet and be reunited after 300 years of sleep with her parents. What happens instead is truly upsetting for her. She is woken from her frozen slumber and discovers that she woke up 50 years too early. Elder is being trained by Eldest to take over as leader of the ship. He is young and inquisitive, and has become fond of Amy.
Godspeed is a ship of secrets. The people act like drones with the exception of those designated as crazy, Eldest runs the ship with an iron hand, and to top things off, there is a killer on the loose.
Revis has built a novel that both science fiction and mystery. Her characters are interesting, but it is the mystery that holds the novel together. Although you may figure out the "who dunnit" part of the mystery early on, the why's of the mystery keep you reading.
Prior to reading this novel I had seen many reviews of it. Unfortunately, I am not sure that it lived up to the hype. I did enjoy the novel, but not as much as I had hoped. I am a person who loves character driven novels, and while the characters in Across the Universe were interesting, I think they fell a little flat. Amy was perhaps the best developed character, but the others left me wanting more.
The audio version of this book is read by Lauren Ambrose and Carlos Santos who read for our two narrators. I found Ambrose's interpretation of Amy to be spot on and very entertaining. Santos does an equally good job with Elder. Their performance was well done and made the audio book pretty easy listening.
It seems like there will be a sequel currently titled A Million Suns that will come out in 2012. I do think I will read it because I do want to know what is going to happen.
Overall I did enjoy the Science Fiction/Mystery aspects of the story, but felt that we lacked some character development. It is definitely worth a read for those looking for some Science Fiction without the dystopian fiction taking over.
Cautions for sensitive readers: Sexual activity is witnessed and commented on in the novel and there is an attempted sexual assault.
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