Monday, December 17, 2012
Book Review: Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
Big Themes: Space Travel, Cryogenics, Murder Mystery, Leadership, Individuality
*Grad School Text*
Note: This will be an abbreviated review because it should have been reviewed months ago, but I've been on a blogging hiatus. The book isn't fresh enough in my mind to do a detailed review, but I wanted to post my overall thoughts.
Summary: Along with her mother and father, Amy is cryogenically frozen for space travel to awake three hundred years later on a new planet. Except she doesn't awake with her parents on a new planet. She is unfrozen prematurely and almost dies. Was someone on the spaceship trying to kill her? And why?
What I Liked:
AMAZING First Scene: Beth Revis sets up the reader where we have the opportunity to empathize with Amy through a memorable, tense, and excruciating scene. The wealth of sensory details places the reader in the scene and forces them to imagine what it would be like to be cryogenically frozen.
The Blend of Genres: This book is part science fiction and part murder mystery and part dystopian with a smidgen of romance. This was an unexpected and exciting blend.
The Science Fiction Concepts: The book felt really fresh because there hasn't been much space travel in mainstream YA. I liked all the future technology as well as the emotional toll that this technology took on the characters.
What I Didn't Like:
Humans Mating: The way humans mate in this book is pretty disgusting. I know that was the whole point, but it was still disturbing to read.
The End Reveal: No spoilers, but I wasn't happy with who was responsible for opening Amy's cryo chamber. I felt like Beth Revis had been hiding information that we should have had. And that the trick of having an unreliable narrator was not executed well. But that's just my opinion.
I gave this book four stars after I finished it. I thought it was a fun and fresh take on all the dystopian we've been seeing lately. I still haven't read A Million Suns, and haven't rushed out to buy it... which makes me wonder if I should have given the book four stars. On a side note-- The new covers for this series are hideous.