Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 416
Rating: 5/5

This book can be found on The Book Depository*, with a different cover.

The people of Earth has found a planet they believe to habitable to humans, so they send off a spaceship to go live there. The voyage will take 300 years.

Amy is a seventeen-year-old girl, and both her parents have signed up to be cryogenically frozen. She decides to join them, and when she finally wakes up, she realizes she's been woken up 50 years too early.

We follow her as she discovers life and society aboard Godspeed and as she tries to find out who woke her up and why.

You know it's going to be an interesting book when it has a map of a spaceship in the front, just saying.

I haven't read a lot of fiction set in space, but I think this was a really good way into it. I found this story to be very fascinating, and I love how we get to see this messed up society that's become of this ship. I could really imagine it evolving into this, after generations and generations. I also really like how it gets into some important and dark questions like controlling peoples lives and thoughts, corrupt power and keeping secrets.

Amy and Elder are the main characters of this book, and I like how you get to read both viewpoints. It took me a while to really connect to them though, but once I got there, it was great. I also like how there aren't too many characters to deal with; you get a good sense of those you meet.

The language is good, although I sometimes wish it was a little more... I can't think of a better word than lush. I did like how sometimes the sentences are spread across a page in a different way though, as to enhance what the author wants to say.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys science fiction and dystopian fiction, and someone who wants an easy but exciting read.

PS: I suppose it is a good sign that I immediately dived into the next book: A Million Suns.

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