- Series: Across the Universe (Book 1)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595144676
- ISBN-13: 978-1595144676
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 591 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Beth Revis lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier. Across the Universe is her first novel.
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This book series is INCREDIBLY well thought-out. The writing is flawless and Revis transitions between the two characters flawlessly. I don't normally like first person stories, but I truly felt as if I was a part of the characters. One of the most important aspect of any book to me in realism. Even though this series is set on a spaceship and is completely sci-fi, the book felt SO believable. My favorite part was how the characters reacted and responded to situations. It was very relatable and I was never left wondering, "Why would they do/think that?". No part of the character development felt forced or rushed. If anything, the first book is a LITTLE slow. Once you hit the end, though, it was so worth it. I now love reading the first book to pick up on stuff I'd missed before. Another amazing part of this series is that it isn't cut-and-dry like other YA novels are. There isn't just one problem and one solution. It's a spider-web of issues within each book and you learn about them through the characters. I also love that, while romance is a part of the book, it is NOT rushed or forced, and it is not the main aspect of the story. It certainly plays a part, and is a driving plot line sometimes, but in a very relatable way. I never felt that it was over-the-top. I'm very much a non-romantic and even I felt that it was well thought out.
I was 16 when I first read this book and now at 23 I still love it. It is easily my favorite book series and I NEVER tire of rereading it. I recommend it to everyone who will stand still long enough. I truly think it is a story for those of any ages, although some elements are probably best for teens and older.
Into this world comes Amy, one of the group of cold-sleepers who were intended to be woken only at journey's end, where they would form the nucleus of the colonizing party. She is woken from her icy cell under mysterious circumstances, and is immediately confronted with the fact that she is very different, both in looks and mental outlook, from everyone else, as over the years the population has been homogenized into a single racial set of characteristics, and who have unquestioned loyalty to the status quo.
A good set-up, with more details appearing as Amy learns just what is going on in this world and how it got this way. And with her greater knowledge comes opposition to this set-up, as she finds herself comparing the Eldest to Hitler, with apparent good reason. However, I found that as we got deeper into this work, the true moral questions that are raised about absolute control possibly being totally necessary to the success and survival of all are dealt with in far too simplistic a manner. In addition, Amy's emotional responses seem to be those of someone perhaps three of four years younger than her supposed waking age of seventeen, especially in regards to her relationship with the Elder (the Eldest-in-training).
The various mysteries surrounding who woke Amy from her long sleep and various other odd happenings in the ship are fairly easily guessed at by the reader, and once again I had problems with the depicted emotional state and reasoning of the person who did wake her up, as it doesn't quite jibe with the rest of the depicted character.
A good setup, reasonably well described, and the characters are engaging, but I was let down by the simplistic treatments of tough questions and the emotional immaturity of the two main characters.
Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to read the next part of the story. But the end of this book was just so...good. There was enough of a conclusion where I'm not ripping my hair out wanting to know what happens, but I'm invested enough in the story to run out and get the next book as soon as I can.
Elder and Amy's relationship confuses me a little, in that I can understand Elder's fascination with her, but I'm not sure yet how it can turn into something more in a believable way. I'm looking forward to seeing if Revis can accomplish this.
I give major props to Revis for coming up with a storyline that is unique, and yet not so different that everyone is struggling to find a way to connect. There's enough of the classics within the book that it's easy to find a way to connect with a character and find the story possible and believable.
It was a little frustrating how Elder simply believed Eldest without any questions, but I can see why he would. He grew up knowing nothing different, but he does start to question authority and it's refreshing once he does.
Overall, a great book and I can't wait to see how Revis handles more of the future.