Book Revie: Across The Universe by Beth Revis
I was kind of dazed right after reading this book and even now months after reading this book. Across The Universe had been waiting on my bookshelf for years before I finally began reading it. I have no idea if I liked the book or if I didn’t but hey that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write a review! So, here we go. Review of odd sci-fi love story with a murder mystery. This book truly had it all.
“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.”
Why did I read Across The Universe?
I can’t even remember where I got this book but – like I said – it has been laying in my room for years. Sci-Fi isn’t usually my thing nor are the dystopia kind of books. There was always something better to read, something more interesting to love. Teen Sci-Fi romance happening on spaceship didn’t sound like the most intriguing plot. Now I’m trying to read as many books as possible from the ones that have waited on my shelf and Across The Universe was one of the first I decided to give a go.
“It is like a piece of my soul had been lost, empty,
and it is now filled with the light of a million stars.”
Plot of Across The Universe
What if we found planet from another solar system with livable conditions? What if the journey to that planet would take several centuries? Would you leave for this trip lasting forever?
“…So, I do what any reasonable person would do when faced with a crying girl.
I get the frex out of there.”
Amy is a normal teen with an amazing boyfriend and loving family until her parents decide to get frozen and travel to this far far away planet. Amy has to leave everything behind, get frozen and travel inside a spaceship in a coma until it arrives at our new planet. However, something goes wrong and Amy wakes up fifty years too early on this ship that is inhabited by odd apathetic workers and artsy people who are seen as the crazy ones. With her new friend, who is going to be the next leader of this spaceship, Amy begins to solve the mystery behind her early wake-up. Soon even more people start melting and dying.
My opinion of Across The Universe
“And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.”
This book left me with divided feelings. I wouldn’t read it again or touch the sequels made of it. The story of Across The Universe was only starting but I’m not interested. Maybe Sci-Fi just isn’t my genre or the plot was just too angsty teenager novel. I have to give this book positive notes for surprising plot twists however other things just didn’t make my heart throb.
“He sounds like a regular Hitler to me”, Amy mutters.
I wonder what she means by that. Eldest has always taught me that Hitler was a wise, cultured leader for his people. Maybe that’s what she means: Eldest is a strong leader, like Hitler was.
The references to our world and differences between us and the dystopia created in this book are of course powerful tool to create an enchanging story. In some points, I was hoping that the writer would have been more subtle. The main character who has lived his whole life on the ship felt uncomfortable from woman’s point of view. Possessive, stalkerish and dangerous. I was rooting for the two lovers to not end up together.
So, would I recommend this book for you? No. I didn’t like it. But like I always say, me not liking something doesn’t mean that others won’t. If forbidden teen romance in futuristic settings sounds your thing, read Across The Universe. There aren’t enough romance sci-fi books written for teens and young adults.
“I want to take her into my arms and hold her tight. But at the same time, I know that is the exact opposite of what she wants. She wants to be free, and all I want is to hold her tight against me.”