Across the Universe [Book Review]

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Science Fiction; Dystopian-ish; Young Adult
Pages: 416
Year: 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5/5


Prior to boarding the spaceship Godspeed, Amy and her parents are cryogenically frozen.  They are to be reanimated in 300 years when the ship arrives at Centauri-Earth. But someone wakes Amy up early. She befriends Elder, the future leader of the ship. When the two try to figure out who is killing the other “frozens,” they find themselves uncovering lies older than they could have imagined.

My Thoughts:

Okay. I really liked this book. I couldn’t put it down. I’m already reading the sequel. But, when Ben asked me about it, I gave him a 45-minute rant about how I didn’t believe the logistics of it. For example:

  • The ship is scheduled to take 300 years to travel to the new planet. There are people living on the ship. People are progressing, inventing things, and changing government structures. Are scientists and leaders who were frozen 300 years before really going to be helpful when they land? That would be like us using Louis XIV, Adam Smith, or Edward Jenner to make our political, economic, and scientific decisions.
  • People die in their 60s. The generation that is in their 20s is supposed to land on the planet in 49 years. Um.
  • Amy runs a 12 minute mile and she wants to WIN the NYC marathon? Really?

But despite these logical flaws, I still adored this book. Which should tell you that I REALLY liked it: so much so that I am willing to ignore logic. And I hate ignoring logic.

That’s all you really need to know.

7 thoughts on “Across the Universe [Book Review]

  1. Sandy August 28, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    If a 12 minute mile is the winning time for a marathon, I’m thinking I’m looking pretty good! Ha! Well, I have this book (got it at SIBA two years ago I think) but have yet to start it. People have really liked it (not so much the sequel it seems) so I should give it a go.


  2. Linda August 28, 2012 / 12:17 pm

    I really enjoyed Across the Universe as well as the sequel. Revis’ writing was enough for me to forgive some flaws.


  3. zibilee August 28, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    I have this one and the sequel, and I haven’t gotten to them yet. I think a lot of people really loved this book, and that makes me hopeful and eager to start with it. I love it when a book is so good that it makes you suspend disbelief.


  4. T August 28, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    This was just an entertaining read for me. I had problems with the “mystery” aspect. I wanted more space and less mystery.


  5. kristie August 28, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    I read this last year when it was released and did the same with A Million Suns. I love both. There should be at least one more next year and I’m already excited for it!!!


  6. Jen August 29, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    my thing was…. after being frozen for 250 years, she could still run without much of a problem. SHE WAS FROZEN. that’s gonna have some detrimental effects on her long unused muscles.

    however, i still enjoyed the heck out of this book. a million suns was even better!


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