Monday, March 14, 2011


Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill (Imprint of Penguin Publishing)

Book Description: 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.

Review: Beth Revis’s Across the Universe weaves intrigue, science, mystery, and lies within the atmosphere of the Godspeed. Amy may be nonessential cargo, but she is a driving force of change in a place where the crazies are really sane and the normals are really crazy. Elder must decipher the lies and find the truth within and without. The beginning is horrifying, but then the reader learns piece by piece that the start is mild compared. A perfect society the Godspeed is not. The characters are relatable. The story is heart-wrenching. Even when the reader thinks everything is figured out, it’s not. Ms. Revis tells this raw tale of what could be. She clearly researched well. She encloses the reader within the story and doesn’t let them out, even at the end. I had a hard time putting it down until I finished it. Across the Universe is everything a novel should be. To use one of Ms. Revis’s words, it is “frexing” awesome.