Book Review: Across The Universe

Book Review: Across The UniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Published by Razorbill on January 11th 2011
Pages: 398

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.


Told through dual points of view, Across The Universe is a stunning look at humanity's possible future. Loss of resources. The idea of sustainable life on other planets. And in the not too distant future, this is Amy's life. A young girl whose family signs up for the mission of a lifetime. A mission which will take Amy to places that most people could only dream about.

When I first saw the cover of Across The Universe and read the summary, I knew this book had to be mine. Shiny. Dystopian. Outer Space. It had all the elements that my mood was craving. And although I knew it was going to be different… I was not fully expecting what I got. Across The Universe started out on the positive side. Dark world. Plenty of backstory and details. And TONS of secrets. Characters that I thought I could grow to like. But as I got deeper into the novel, things went downhill.

For starters, the first half of the novel is really slow. So slow in fact that I contemplated putting Across The Universe down not once.. not twice.. but at least three times. Granted, there was that one AH HA! moment that I thought could turn everything around. But sadly this moment went as quickly as it came. Revis additionally completely surprised me by how graphic she could be. Now, I am no shy miss. It often takes a lot for me to feel uncomfortable with a novel. But Revis somehow managed to both revolt and amaze me. I know this sounds like a weird combination, but for Across The Universe it works. Revis is completely honest with her world. She holds nothing back.. and does not apologize for her world. And I absolutely loved her for that. But in certain parts of the novel (The Season), I was left wondering was all if the graphicness was really needed.

Across The Universe, ultimately, leaves me with too many conflicting feelings. I wanted to be head over heels for this book. But due to lackluster characters, slow pacing, and graphic scenes, I am not sure at this point how I really feel about it. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely aspects about Across The Universe that I completely enjoyed. But at this point, I am left more disappointed than pleased.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Across The Universe

  1. Chrizette

    I am reading ATU at the moment and I agree with you – I am a bit disappointed. I wanted to LOVE this book but am finding it hard to read. I read a chapter or two and then put it aside for something else, then read a bit more . . .

  2. There are several mixed reviews on this one. It just goes to show that we all like different things! I really enjoyed this, but I could see where it’s not for everyone. 🙂

  3. I think this is the first non-glowing review I’ve read of this book. I was given a copy, and I’m interested in reading it, but haven’t been sure what I’d think of the book, because sci-fi isn’t really my preferred genre. I think I’ll probably enjoy it more now, knowing that there are flaws, because I won’t be expecting a perfect novel. Great review!

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