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Content Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill 
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Book Overview:
A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.

  • Sexual Content:  Very Heavy * (mostly by adults in a non-sensual way)
  • Profanity:  Mild but with made up curse words used heavily
  • Violence:  Heavy including somewhat detailed attempted rape
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My Review:
     I really loved this book.  It was completely bizarre and crazy but I loved it.  Although I don't know that I would have chosen to risk my life to journey to a new planet while being frozen and put into a sleep that I would hopefully wake up from, that didn't take anything away from the story.  Honestly, if I was in Amy's position I'm pretty sure I might have gone crazy.  She wasn't supposed to wake up for another fifty years, so when her parents finally wake up she'll be older than them, and every time she uncovers something she finds another secret that no one seems to know the answer to.  Worst of all, she finds herself in a society completely unlike earth, but there's always a silver lining, and her's is Elder.  An olive skinned boy who can get many of the answers that Amy needs.  Oh, and he's also one of the few "normal" people on board who don't think she's completely insane.  Living in a place where everyone who can actually think for themselves is labeled crazy, and where everyone that society deems normal is an empty, idiotic shell can be pretty frustrating.  Amy struggles to find out who tried to kill her, and who keeps opening up the cryotanks so that she can keep her still-frozen-parents safe.  While simultaneously receiving death threats from Eldest, the "ruler" of the Godspeed.  This is definitely not what she signed up for, but there's no going back now.
     The story of this book was completely addicting, I couldn't get enough of it, I flew through it, and it left me wanting more. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that I thought a few things were kind of obvious, but I still enjoyed the story anyway.  I also found myself wishing that the relationship between Amy and Elder was more defined, but I'm hoping *crosses fingers* that happens in the squeal.  I loved how Amy would sometimes recall memories of her life on earth, mostly from the last year that she lived there.  Beth could have easily just continued Amy's life from when she woke up, but she made sure to explain that it wasn't an easy decision for Amy, she had tons of people on earth she didn't want to leave, and a life that she loved, but in the end she couldn't stand to leave her parents. My favorite character was Elder, I adored that he was mature but innocent at the same time, even before Amy came along he wasn't satisfied with what he had been told, he was sick of secrets and he was searching for the answers himself.  And, of course, I loved watching him love Amy.  What I liked about Amy was her strength.  She had lost everything, and yet, she kept going, and didn't even consider giving up.  Her way to cope was to run.  Run as fast and as far as you can, even if there's nowhere left to go.  And I admired her.      While I was reading it, this book actually reminded me of Wall-E, (which I loved:) which made me consider the ending of that movie and completely blew my mind in the process.  Maybe they never actually got very far away from earth and they are just waiting for it to replenish itself because it was almost completely destroyed! But alas, who knows.. ;)  One of my favorite qualities in a book is one that makes you think, and this book, while still having a mostly-concluded ending, leaves a lot open for discussion, which keeps my mind going long after I finished the book.