Across the Universe by Beth Revis {Review}

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: 1/11/11
Pages: 398
ISBN: 9781595143976
Source: gifted
Purchase: Across the Universe

Summary from Goodreads:

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 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.

My Thoughts:
I have been seriously searching out Dystopian YA for a few months now. I like the thought of another/alternate world, so after reading a few reviews for Across the Universe, I had to get my hands on it.

I was expecting a romance between the two main characters, but in there really wasn’t. There was a lot of hinting that Elder ( weird to call someone that) was in love/lust with Amy, but there really wasn’t anything else, and you didn’t get too much from Amy on her feelings. Though that is understandable, seeing as she is awoken on a ship that she was never supposed to see.
The story switches POVs just about every chapter and at times this would confuse me, and I had trouble following along with the book and would have to go back just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
The character that I really liked in the book “dies” and after that I had a hard time continuing to read, but after struggling through the more sci-fi than dystopian story I knew that if I didn’t finish the last 100 or so pages I was going to be left with more questions than I already had.
Across the Universe is well written, but like I said, it reads more of a Sci-fi than YA Dystopian like I thought. First we start off with Amy and her parents being Frozen for 300+ years so that they can help set up the new planet they are being sent to. First off, I don’t care how bad life here on earth gets.. I don’t want to be frozen!!! And secondly, why would you want your child to go through that?
From there we switch POVs with Amy ( remember she is frozen) and Elder, who is aboard Godspeed ( the Ship). You get to be inside Amy’s mind while she realizes that her body is frozen but not her mind, so that is a little scary in itself! And when meeting Elder, you start to wonder why he just blindly obeys.
After Amy is unfrozen ( by whom we don’t know) and she is saved, her and Elder form a semi friendship, she meets Harley, Doc and Eldest ( scary DUDE!!), Needless to say, after realizing that everyone aboard the ship looks almost just alike Amy starts to feel like more of an outcast, and then more Frozens are being unplugged and it becomes a race to find out who is doing it. Without giving too much away, know that in the end, we find out who was doing it and a little tid-bit about Amy’s unfreezing that we didn’t know.
The ending was very abrupt in my opinion and as much as it pains me, I am waiting for the second book to come out so I can figure out how Amy and Elder are going to handle everything that they found out.

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