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Just please, for once, no love triangle. A highly underrated book in my opinion. View all 15 comments. The author probably should've left these out instead of calling attention to it. But, it did keep me very interested in the story once Amy awakens. But why don't they knock 'em out before starting the freezing process?
But I started my book and I was already really into it. I love this side survival of the human species elsewhere. Amy is one of the travelers who are frozen, but it has its place only through the importance of his parents.
His sleep is punctuated by dreams, further, it is conscious dreaming, which is pretty strange. But was awakened too early. And there, Amy discovers a world, a way of doing, of living and lead completely different from what she experienced. She found mostly Elder, who will show him how he lives and what they know of the Earth and it will especially have feelings for the girl with light hair. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Across the Universe by Beth Revis. A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 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 o A love out of time. 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.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Across the Universe 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Across the Universe , please sign up. Is anybody else getting "Passenger" vibes from the synopsis? Ya know, the new JLaw and Chris Pratt movie?
I saw the trailer and was like, "Whoa. That sounds really familiar. Jillian Brown Across the Universe is much better.
It's very much against rape culture, unlike Passengers. And Beth Revis did not rip off the script. She is no …more Across the Universe is much better. She is no Hollywood insider, not by a long shot.
So sick of people claiming that authors "rip off" other stories just because the two stories share similar plot points.
I am really interested in this book because i normally like the contemporary genre. I was just wondering if there are any teenagers who have enjoyed this novel? I thoroughly enjoyed the Divergent series. Trebor I'm a teenager and I absolutely love this book! It's right up there with the Harry Potter series! See all 27 questions about Across the Universe…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Rating details. Sort order. I finally decided that the cover featured space fish kissing before I realized that it was actually a girl and a boy trying to kiss, Spider-Man style. Before you laugh, look: View all comments. Dec 17, Kat Kennedy rated it did not like it Shelves: Why would someone want to read a review by someone who didn't even finish the book?
My answer to that? There's always going to be a small fraction of reviewers who don't connect with a book and can't finish it, but to dismiss all DNF reviews, I think, is problematic. Especially for an author. Because it's not necessarily the reader's fault for not being able to connect to the book.
Often there are rookie mistakes made in writing, plot or characterization that inhibits readers from investing in the story.
Being able to hook a reader within the first couple of pages is an essential skill of any artisan storyteller and if you're having a lot of DNF reviews or simply bad reviews then they probably contain a goldmine in advice to help improve your range of skills. I credit Revis with imagination and thoughtful plot. The language changes and mono-ethnic parts of this book showed the kind of forethought and deep, intensive investigation I generally like in an author. My issues were that the writing is very vague and sloppy.
One of the first events in the book, Elder attempting to save the ship, is vague in the writing which makes it difficult for readers to visualize the scene or get a handle on what's happening. The characterization is equally nonplussed, taking quite a while to really root down. There is little incentive to connect with the characters or anything that makes them feel particularly vivid or well-constructed.
It's basically one cardboard cutout after another, filled with overused archtypes. By page seventy-five I knew who the antagonist is, which is bad storytelling. I even flipped to the end to double check and was able to easily verify that I was right because I had trouble believing that Revis had made it so obvious. Do not hang giant, obtrusive warning signs over your secret antagonist.
Overall I couldn't bring myself to invest in the story and characters. This review may be useless or self-indulgent to some but I think reviewing even the first pages of a book to give feedback is a higher compliment than if I'd ignored it entirely.
Also, and this is the important part, bite me. View all 71 comments. I didn't enjoy Across the Universe as much as I thought I would. Like most YA, after the first pages, you know you're reading a novel written for teens. That isn't a bad thing, but readers looking for a deep, complex novel, aren't going to find it here. YA is not synonymous with shallow. Some writers think it is, but it isn't. They think that because they're writing for teens, they get a pass to write a book filled with plot holes.
I don't think that's the case with Beth Revis, but I just wanted to clear up my statement. Across the Universe doesn't know what it wants to be. On one hand, it's a typical YA romance that revolves around infatuation at first sight. On the other hand, it's got an interesting premise, even though it isn't very plausible when compared to other Science Fiction novels that tackle Generation Ships.
It isn't necessarily a bad book. Not at all. I'd call it Science Fiction for those who haven't read Ender's Game. But it isn't a good book. Not by any means. I was really disappointed with the last pages.
Instead of a mature ending, we're treated to a classic Agatha Christie, everyone is the suspect mystery. We have adequate build-up and suspense--in fact, we have very good build up and suspense--and our pay-off is equally decent. But, I could see the villain from a mile away.
Across the Universe is predictable, but highly suspenseful, kind of like a bad whodunit. As much as I liked Across the Universe, I have a few major problems with it. The Romance I have no idea why Elder liked Amy. Oh, I know he thought she was attractive. Why, I have no idea. Because she's different? Studies have been done to show that the introduction of a variable into a constant society doesn't produce these effects. For the record, Pocahontas didn't fall in-love with John Smith. That was a lie.
Disney lied to you. If you didn't know that, I wonder about your intelligence. Logically, Elder should have been somewhat freaked out by the appearance of Amy. Not disgusted, just freaked out. Instead, he accepts her and falls in love with her for no reason except for the fact that she is different. Apparently, the rest of the women on the ship--the ones that looked like him--were all beneath him.
I won't go into detail about how wrong I think that is. As for Amy, I can understand why she likes Elder. It makes sense. He's the only person who's nice to her, he's attractive, and she's lonely. They don't sizzle on the page.
They have no chemistry. Honestly, I wish the romance had been left out of this book. It's been hyped up so much, and it's such a failure. Amy Amy is annoying. At times, she reminded me of Bella Swan. There is a murderer aboard the ship and Eldest wants to kill you. What do you do? Logically pull yourself together and try to keep a clear head. You love both of your parents, but you remember that they're essential to the survival of the colony.
You're worried, but you want to explore the ship and make discoveries. After all, you're in space! No-one forced you to come. Worry about your Daddy and constantly think about pulling him out of cryosleep, but don't think one whit about your mom. Think constantly about running--your singular hobby--and your old boyfriend Jason, who you can't live without. You also constantly talk back to Eldest, who could toss you out of the ship at any time. Which of these sounds more logical?
Well, if you're a female YA protagonist, you picked B.
Amy angst about being in cryosleep for the first 90 pages of Across the Universe. Then she continues to angst and whine about her Daddy, Jason, and how unfair her life is.
Yes, she is seventeen and she still calls her dad, daddy. I see a problem with this. But she doesn't spend more than five seconds thinking about her mom. Amy made Across the Universe really annoying. This could have been a four star book without her. But her constant whining annoyed me. I understand that she's in a difficult situation, but she's in space!
Thousands would die to be in her position. It reminds me of those stupid girls that complain about going to foreign countries for the summer. You're going to France you idiot, why are you whining? Did I Mention the Romance? Elder is a decent character. Kind of dumb, but decent. He's a regular teenage boy when he isn't lusting over Amy. He reminded me of Jacob Black.
And yes, I'm a Blackwater fan. Knowing this, you should understand why I immediately started shipping Victrie and Elder together. Sparks weren't flying off the page, but they had way more chemistry than Amy and Elder. Unfortunately, Victrie is only mentioned in a couple of chapters. She's still my favorite character, which leads me to my next point. Harley Harley, oh Harley.
How interesting you are. You're probably my second favorite character. You were a much better match for Amy than Elder. The Slang I swear, if I hear one more frex or chuntz, I'm shooting something. The Pacing By the time Elder and Amy finally meet, we're one third through the book. At that point, I couldn't care less about their romance. The Ending Read it. You'll see what I mean.
I know that link points to another book. In all, this isn't a bad book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read it all in one setting. I liked it.
I really did. But with guilty pleasures you have to acknowledge that they have faults. View all 43 comments. May 20, Elizabeth Usual rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to Elizabeth by: Bookstore employee who better hope we never run into each other again. There were a lot of problems with this book. Some were parts that just fell flat when they should have created some intrigue, and some were full on fail.
I think I can divide my issues with the book into four categories: Fail, and Bad Storytelling. I'll keep the spoilers behind cuts, and try to give a fair account and some suggestions for improvement. Let's start with Flat Characters: Amy is a girl. She's got red hair. She likes running. She loves h There were a lot of problems with this book. She loves her parents. That's all I know about her. Didn't I just read a page book about her?
So why do I feel like I just went speed dating, and talked to "Single 24" for 30 seconds before a bell rang? It was initially realistic, but fell flat when no nuances or reactions that showed more of her character were present.
If I were Ms. Revis' editor, I would suggest that she gives Amy more of a backround identity. Was she a rebel in school? Did she clash with teachers or classmates about what was right? A few good flashbacks to this would provide her with much more of jumping off place to rebel against the fascist regime of the ship, which currently doesn't seem like a moral stance but rather a "Things at home weren't like this! Also, she's 17, and still calls her dad "Daddy". If I had only one word to describe Elder, it would be "dumb".
He's slow to catch on to almost all plot twists, and when a thought does fly into his head, it's not strong enough to make it to logical and obvious conclusions. He's devoted to Amy.
I don't know why. The idea of him in the leadership position he was intended for seems ill-suited as he follows Amy around, but I don't get the feeling it was a deliberate decision. Luckily, if I had two words, the second would be "Curious". Elder genuinely likes to explore and know things. If this were developed further, I could see myself liking the guy. He's more of a set piece than a character, and I wish he and these themes were developed, which could have been done in interesting ways, especially with a ward of insane people on the ship.
Obvious Plot Twists I literally predicted all plot twists before they happened. Revis seems to have gone for quantity over quality here, packing half a dozen into the end of the book, none of which are surprising, save one which only succeeds in surprising us because she basically cheated with the format of the book. Some of the twists I only predicted a couple chapters early, but many were early, early on in the book, effectively killing the murder mystery plot.
I literally knew who the murderer was the first time we met the character, and was able to also predict other plot twists about him from the get go. Revis needs to use a lighter touch with her hints and foreshadowing. Several times I actually thought we had solved a mystery, only to have the characters puzzle over it a couple chapters later, and me say "What, you didn't get that, really?
Hey, they sure talk about how the other Elder is dead a lot, I bet view spoiler [ he's not really dead! Wait, he saw the test tube with the embryos and he still doesn't know? That boy's dumb. You had to bring this poor old lady up there to die? Ditto for Orion being the "dead" Elder. Elder having unfrozen Amy was a surprise to me, but it was a surprise when the other Elder first said "you gave me the idea to unfreeze people".
Then Revis proceeds to have Elder mope about telling Amy the truth, have an entire chapter flashing back to him unplugging her unnecessary! We know!
Why are there three reveals for one plot twist? Also, I feel this was a really cheap way to do this, as readers would believe that Elder couldn't have done it, as he is a first person narrator. He did it and I didn't tell you even though he was narrating! Chalk that up to another reason for third person narration. Fail Maybe I should have expanded this to call it World Building Fail, because this is where I want to discuss things like the Season, which just didn't make any sense.
You're "controlling inbreeding" by having people go hormonally crazy and screw whoever? Makes no sense. Reading the reviews, a lot of people were disgusted by the season, and felt it pointless and out of place. I found it pointless and out of place, but was also amazed that a giant orgy could be so boring.
The cryogenic freezing is one of the best pieces of writing in the book, but it is not written for science, it's written for scare factor, and it shows.
Why do you have to be naked? They pump all your blood out and replace it with blue stuff, but they never put your blood back in when they unfreeze you? And then there's the small thing that makes me angrier about this book than anything else. Beth Revis does not understand how fingerprints work. You shouldn't write a murder mystery if you won't take 5 minutes to research how fingerprints work.
Because they're clones. The problem with that is that clones would, like identical twins, have different fingerprints. Fingerprints develop as a body grows and are not completely controlled by DNA.
Bad Storytelling Some of this isn't Beth Revis' fault. The moment she said "I'm thinking I'd like to write this in the first person, alternating between Elder and Amy.
First one gets a chapter, then the other," an editor should have told her not to do it. First person writing is a hard beast to tackle, in the hands of a less than expert writer it can make characters flat because they have no perspective on themselves, and broadcast their thoughts obviously rather than subtly.
It's clear this book suffers because of that, and could have been better in the third person. Switching between characters every chapter feels contrived since Amy is in cryogenic sleep for 50 pages. There's only so many times you can say "I'm awake and feel everything! The entire alternation idea should have been scrapped early on. The first person almost rape scene also falls under this category. It was unnecessary and poorly written. Who, in the middle of being attacked by several men who forcibly rip your clothes off, describes the situation as including "harder bites that were they to come from my boyfriend Jason, I would have liked.
Also falling in this category is near the end of the book when they've still got a murderer to catch endangering her parents, but Amy gets inexplicably sidetrack researching genealogy. It turns out it gives them some helpful hints, yes, but Amy doesn't even suspect that, she goes into it for just the joy of genealogy. It's inconsistant with her character's motivations, and clearly just what the author needs her to be doing.
And when you can see the author's fingerprints all over the characters' actions, that's the hallmark of bad writing. In short, it was one of those books that makes me a little crazy. View all 24 comments. Jun 19, Jillian -always aspiring- rated it liked it Recommends it for: Fans of The Host. I had much trouble forming my thoughts about this book to write a review.
Across the Universe is a hard book to describe. Yes, it has that lovely cover that beckons everyone to read it. Yes, it has an interesting premise. Yes, it has all these elements to make it a brilliant read, something fresh and exciting.
But, for me, it just didn't give me everything I had wanted. Dystopias and I have a love-hate relationship.
I love The Hunger Games and Unwind -- but others books, like Matched and Wither , I had much trouble forming my thoughts about this book to write a review.
I love The Hunger Games and Unwind -- but others books, like Matched and Wither , are more 'iffy' to me than anything. If I were to compare Across the Universe to certain dystopian novels, I would say it could have been the child of The Host and Inside Out with a bit of Star Trek thrown in for good measure.
I'm definitely a Star Wars fan rather than a Star Trek fan, though, so you can imagine why this book and I clashed a bit.
Almost the entire story takes place on the ship christened Godspeed as it travels to a new planet, labeled as Centauri-Earth, which humans hope to colonize. The estimated time of travel is years, and sixteen-year-old Amy is one of the few to be frozen alive and loaded as cargo, set to be reawakened when the ship makes landing.
Due to outside forces, however, Amy is reawakened early. The story flip-flops perspectives between Amy and Elder so that you get the whole story. It is, however, a game of truth and lies, deception and trust, conspiracies and secrets. You never know what's true or not in the story, and I found that to be a bit of a flaw. I dislike books where you never know who to trust. It takes away something from the story if I have to question everyone's credibility.
As characters, Amy and Elder sometimes seemed more like pawns going through the motions than anything else.
Amy was a much more vibrant character than Elder, who went back and forth too much for my tastes. I didn't like how he always went back to 'Well, Eldest said. But, of course, that pipe dream is dead. I will give Revis kudos for this: In a year where there are so many dystopias to read, she actually grounded her book in some realism as far as science and its power go. But she leaves this question too: It's a question we all will one day have to face for ourselves. Across the Universe , for all its lofty ambitions, just didn't wow me as I had expected.
Instead, I was left with a read where I liked some parts and disliked others. All in all, it was an underwhelming read to me. Will I read the sequel that's likely forthcoming? That, my friends, is still left up in the air. View all 15 comments. Aug 06, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: The movie Passengers—with the God-like Chris Pratt—made me really want to read this book.
The ship itself—Godspeed—is pretty curious. It has its own separate levels and functions and the world inside it is reminiscent of a dystopian one. The setting is honestly my favourite thing about this book. Many plot twists are hidden inside chapters, especially the last ones.
They made me want to immediately pick the second book up. Amy is a lovely, humane girl. Great, even. Feb 06, Trina Between Chapters rated it it was ok Shelves: Video full series review spoiler free - https: The sequel was fine, but this first book was a rough start and was a mostly negative experience for me.
This book is a dystopia, whi Video full series review spoiler free - https: This book is a dystopia, which I didn't realize going in. In some respects, it is intentionally offensive. A terrible society is set up that you are supposed to hate and want to be overthrown. I never know what people consider to be spoilers so I'm hiding some of the following points. Open if you want to know more. Race - view spoiler [Race is something that was handled questionably.
The society in this book is monoethnic. They are described as having darker, olive toned skin and dark hair and eyes. When the main character Amy is introduced with her pale skin, red hair, and green eyes, the other character Elder immediately sees her as more beautiful than anyone else. I felt that this reinforced white beauty standards.
If the races had been changed, however, it may have also reinforced exoticism though I'm not the right person to ask on that. Her skin is pale, almost translucent white, and I don't think it's just from the ice.
The main point the book is trying to make is that our differences should be celebrated and there is a line in the last half about identity being tied to race, so by trying to erase race the leaders of this society were erasing what makes humanity so beautiful.
There is a mental ward on the ship and every time it was mentioned, I was uncomfortable. Again, the way it was portrayed did have a reason in the end. You are supposed to dislike it. However, there were some truly awful stereotypes used in regards to mental illness that are not ok, and did not need to be included to make the point the book was trying to make. Every character in the mental ward is called a creative type.
They are painters, writers, poets. This reinforces the stereotype that mental illness equals creativity, or vice versa. There was also a line that equated being organized with having OCD. He's seriously OCD. Sure, Elder is a product of his flawed society, but there is no way I am excusing his actions enough to ship this. The first time Elder sees Amy, she's naked and unconscious and he spends several lines describing her breasts and saying how he can't look away from them.
The ice is a little foggy there, teasing me, but I can see enough to know they're lush, and even if they're frozen, I imagine that if they were warmed up He isn't aggressive with her in action, but he is very jealous of other males talking to her, and acts generally possessive towards her.
Because he is the only male on the ship her age, Amy just kind of goes with it. I cannot, will not, get behind this ship.
She has no choice. To be fair, Amy brings up this very point about choice at the start of book 2. I can see how it serves to make a point about the society, but I hated reading it. First, the story: Even though I really loved Across the Universe, your feelings are definitely justified! I liked the book in spite of those things.
The plot was seriously so obviously, which I hated, and the relation to Brave New World was a little irritating as well. I also thought that the romance aspect was more of an infatuation story than a love story. The novel ends on an open note in respects to their relationship. All in all, I think your view of the novel is refreshing in light of all the praise! I liked Across the Universe alright, though I had many of the same problem you did with it.
I can promise you that each book after amplifies these problems exponentially. I think finding out how the whole series ended was not worth the time it took to read the last book. Truthfully it is very hard to find a sf book that i dont like yes i have tried, nothing yet but i found this one with just the right amount of different elements needed. It kind of reminded me of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder which i really enjoyed which might be a factor but i really didnt find anything that would make me dislike it.
I never really picked up on the things you brought out. Maybe i wasnt paying enough attention…. Or maybe im too easily pleased. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Across the Universe Author: Beth Revis Genre: Stand alone or series: Book 1 of a planned series How did I get this book: ARC from the publisher Why did I read this book: Such is the case of my reading experience with Across the Universe.
That said, there are two major problems for me, as a reader with at least a rudimentary knowledge of science: From Chapter 1 which is actually an awesome chapter — which makes the letdown so much more intense: Reading Next: The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier. By Thea. Andrea February 16, at Phoebe February 16, at 1: Are these spoilers? I guess they are. But I do suspect this is the fail she was talking about.
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