Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Okay, so pretty much everyone in the book blogosphere has either posted a review of this book or read a dozen or so reviews. I know that I am coming to the game a little late. But, that is not going to stop me from adding my thoughts to the mix!

I will spare you a lengthy summary, because I'm sure that most of you have already heard of this book and pretty much know what it's about. Here's a little bit, in case you've been stuck on a spaceship for the past three months:

This book opens with a teen girl, Amy, standing in line for a cryogenic freezing. If all goes well, she won't wake up for three hundred years. 300. Years.

The one hundred people who have agreed to be frozen are meant to be settlers of a new planet. The spaceship Godspeed will take them to this planet, but it'll take a long, long time to get there. And once they land, there's no telling what they'll find.

Apparently, being frozen is not like being dead. (Not that I know what that's like...just guessin'.) It's more like a combination of being asleep with lots of dreams and thoughts and like being awake in bed with lots of energy, but not being able to open your eyes. But, when Amy does open her eyes, she realizes that the Godspeed has not landed and her parents are still frozen. Even worse, the person who "thawed" her might have been trying to kill her.

And that's where I'll stop my summary. There is so much more that I could go into, but I have a sneaking suspicion that you can find more info elsewhere if you're dying for a more complete summary. Plus, I kinda want to gush about how much I loved this book.

I've been looking forward to reading this book for a long, long time. I love the cover(s) (reversible) and the descriptions of the plot. I actually waited to read this book because I did not want to be disappointed with it. I wanted to temper my anticipation with some reviews by fellow bloggers. But, as the hype grew and grew, I had to give in and read it. And I'm completely ecstatic with the way that they book turned out.

For me, this book is taking the place of The Hunger Games series in the "next great dystopian series" category. I have long held up the characters and world of The Hunger Games as the best ever, but this new series has come out of the gate strong and is nosing up on that series. I am not a fair weather fan of Suzanne Collins's genius, but I do have to move on at some point and stop hoping for a fourth book. Now, I have another great series to get all fangirl-y about. And it feels good.

I loved the world of this book, the characters, the layers of the ship and the implications of the ideas that are presented in this book for the world that we currently live in. I love dystopias for this very reason; they make me think. I am sure that I will be thinking about our society and difference and change and leadership and power and all of it for some time to come.

12 comments:

  1. I'm actually thinking about starting this one tonight. I'm glad to hear that you liked even with all the hype! Taking the place of Hunger Games?? Quite the honor!

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  2. I ordered three books on Amazon and they will be here tomorrow. This was one of them (also Delirium & Prophecy of the Sisters) and I couldn't decide which one I'd start first but I think you've sold me by mentioning The Hunger Games. I can't get over The Hunger Games either (though The Maze Runner helped!) and I need to read this immediately, obviously.

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  3. I LOVED this book so very much! Glad you did too! Dystopia is my abso fave!

    Jen

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  4. Wow! Comparing this book to The Hunger Games is quite an endorsement. Thanks for spreading the word. If this one is anywhere near as good, I've got to read it.

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  5. Yup, it's awesome! My fave book of the year so far. And I love the fact that I have no idea what to expect from the next book, it could go so many ways. I NEED book two!

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  6. I can't wait to read this book! Great review!!

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  7. So glad to hear that you liked it! I'm hoping to get to this one soon! :)

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  8. Definitely agree! I adored this book as well and, you're right. It will replace the Hunger Games for dystopian fiction. That or Wither...I can't wait to see where the author takes us in the next book. I mean what a shocker! I'm just flabbergasted as to what's going to happen next.

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  9. I have had this book for a while, but have yet to read it perhaps because of all the hype. Comparing it to Hunger Games has my attention though, and I trust your judgment when it comes to dystopian novels because I know how much you like the genre.

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  10. I have this at the top of my TBR! I've seen a lot of buzz about it also but I haven't gotten my hands on it yet! I'm glad you loved it, I love dystopic fiction and I can't wait to read it!

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  11. Ooh, so glad to hear this is worth it, since I actually bought it new, rather than waiting for a pb copy or used one from BWB. Won't get to read it for a little while, but I am looking forward to it.

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