Across the Universe – book review


Across the Universe is the first book in the science-fiction fantasy series by Beth Revis.

Hundreds of years in the future, a space ship called Godspeed is travelling through space to a new planet to inhabit. 100 citizens from the original earth are cryogenically frozen on board and will be woken up upon arrival at the new planet.

17 year-old Amy expects to be frozen for hundreds of years and to be awoken on arrival at the new planet. She finds herself suddenly awoken 50 years from her destination. Confused and alone, Amy finds herself in the middle of a futuristic and strange society made up of people born on Godspeed over the generations. Amy soon realises that her awakening wasn’t just a malfunction of a computer on board the ship. She’s the victim of an attempted murder. And her parents could be next…

With nowhere to hide or run, Amy must learn to trust the only other teenager and future leader on board: Elder. Amongst all the mystery and secrets, Amy finds herself falling in love with Elder. But on Godspeed, who can Amy trust?

I had mixed feelings about this series. At the very beginning, I loved it. I loved how well being frozen was explained and it made me imagine what Amy was going through. I really enjoyed reading that part. But once Amy was frozen and up until half way through the book I found it quite uninteresting. For those hundred pages or so, I struggled to keep reading it and almost stopped reading it. But I kept reading (and I recommend you do too), and then it became more exciting. Only then did I become involved in the story line and got caught up in Amy and Elder’s lives. I really enjoyed reading from both Amy and Elder’s point of view and I found each character both different and intriguing. Towards the end of the book I began to unravel the secrets of Godspeed and I loved how the story unfolded. There were lots of twists in the story line, which I loved, and it was because of those twists I kept reading. If you are considering reading this book, be sure to read the whole book and not give up… although the beginning may be a little boring, the ending is really worth it. I enjoyed Across the Universe by Beth Revis and I would give it a score of 7 out of 10. I can’t wait to read A Million Suns!

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