Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Book Summery:
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.
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Book Review:
Just finished this book last night, and my mind is still reeling from it. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books that I have ever read. I'll admit, I was a bit hesitant at first. I mean, a book about a girl frozen in space? It didn't sound all that interesting. But trust me, this book is so much more than that! I will forewarn you that my review just isn't going to do this book justice. I don't want to hint at, or giveaway too much information! Some of what makes this book so great are the secrets that are revealed throughout the plot! For more information, check out Beth Revis' website (here) and the official book website (here). Even if you've read the book, at least check out the book website. It gives a detailed blueprint of the ship! :)

What I liked:
*The characters. Vivid, flawed, intelligent. This book is definitely character driven! A lot of character growth takes place as well! :)
*The world building. AMAZING. The story begins on earth, in the very believable future. Then you learn about the ship. Revis did an excellent job of acquainting the reader the ship and it's inhabitants.
*The mystery. There is some serious stuff going on, and it's a mystery as to who is doing it. Very suspenseful.
*The dystopian setting. I really don't want to elaborate on this too much. You'll see when you read the book!
*I just found out this book is a trilogy!!! I can not wait to read the other 2 books!!!

Favorite Quote:
"I am silent as death. How can someone without a beating heart, without lungs live like I do? I muse be dead. And this is my greatest fear: After 301 years, when they pull my glass coffin from this morgue, and the let my body thaw like chicken meat on the kitchen counter, I will be just like I am now. I will spend all of eternity trapped in my dead body. There is nothing beyond this. I will be locked within myself forever." (p. 32)

Cover Art Commentary:
Breathtaking! I love the faces opposing each other against a blanket of stars. Also, the cover is reversible. The other side contains blueprints of the ship. All in all, this is one fantastic cover! :)

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  1. Wow, what a great review! I'm looking forward to this one! I'm your newest follower-come by and say hi if you get a chance!

  2. I'll admit to feeling hesitant, too. I'm not into Sci-Fi. But I've been hearing great things about this book all week! I'm so glad you like it so much.

    Thanks for the review Lily!

  3. I loved this one too. And I like you was so gripped and into it was hard to put down. Awesome review.

  4. I keep hearing such amazing things about this book and I cannot wait to read it for myself. Today I went to the American Bookstore and saw this book. I really wanted to get it, but then saw the price (21 euros). MMmm, I probably get a copy online. :) Really want to read this. Great review.

  5. I'm reading this right now and know what you mean. I'm loving it right now.

  6. I really want to read this one bad! I just need to make more space on my bookshelf before I acquire it first. :)