Thursday, 5 May 2011

Book Review - Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Imprint) 
Release Date: 3rd March 2011 (UK)
Genre: Dystopian young adult

Summary (Amazon): 

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her, and more if she’ll let him. 

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide . . .

 I was never going to be sure about this book as I’ve only read a couple of dystopian books before it and neither of them blew me away. In the end, I let the wave of bloggers reviewing it sweep me up, and bought it as a spur of the moment.

 I picked it up intending only to have a quick flick through because I had so many other books ahead of it to read, only one chapter to see what it was like turned into a massive reading session and I was halfway through the book. The story freaked me out, and I wanted to stop reading it to read of happy things that were set in today’s world, but that morbid need to see what happens took over.

 Everything was described so intensely that I felt as though I was Amy when she was being frozen. Then the few chapters of when she’s frozen and she’s having never ending cycles of dreams were fearful to read. The chapters with Elder were basically introducing the ship and the way of life that had evolved on there, and they were just enough to really see it all in your mind’s eye. I think this unquestioned way of living freaked me out more than the never-ending dreams Amy was having. In fact, if I was Joey from Friends, then this book totally would have gone into the freezer…only I like my books pristine and the ice would have made it soggy.

 I definitely had a love/hate relationship with this book. It was so wonderfully written that I couldn’t help it when I kept reading one more chapter, even though I knew I didn’t want to feel any more of Amy’s frustration at this strange way of living. The hate part was down to the plot and the freaky ship with its freaky cycles and freaky way of living. I applaud Beth Revis for making such a believable world…so believable I had nightmares for days after about that never-ending cycle of not reaching the new planet.

 It’s written from Amy and Elder’s points-of-view, and it works really well in getting the sense of today’s world trying to fit with what might happen in the future. The descriptions were excellent and well thought out. I recommend this freaky book to everyone. I think you all need to have a love/hate relationship with me. I will definitely be having a love/hate relationship with the whole series.

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