Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis


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.

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Review: Beth Revis’ novel, Across the Universe, is a new dystopian tale that could make its way into the high school classroom. The novel tells the story of Amy, a girl who agrees to being literally frozen for over three hundred years, so she may join her parents on a very important mission —travel across the universe and colonize a new planet. When Amy is mysteriously yanked from her sleep before the ship lands she finds herself aboard a ship where a new and seemingly perfect society has been created. Consumed with memories of what her life used to be, Amy struggles to understand a society where difference is a sin and free thought is dangerous.

Revis’ novel has a lot to offer both male and female readers. The novel provides a rich blend of sci-fi action and mystery combined with a slew of thought provoking questions regarding conformity and self-actualization. The novel lends itself to discussions concerning some of the biggest issues faced by teens today, ranging from overbearing parental figures to issues of sexuality. It’s a high interest read that doesn’t talk down to its reader. A perfect book to show students that literature is more than archaic tales that they feel they could never relate to.

But those with a less educational mindset will enjoy the novel as well! It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close. I feel the book has been a little misrepresented because the cover makes it seem like some epic romance, but it’s not the main focus of the novel. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this novel was that it actually surprised me. I’m pretty good at seeing a plot twist coming a mile away, and this novel actually got me.

If you’re looking for a hip sci-fi adventure that reminds readers how cool sci-fi can be, Across the Universe is the book for you.

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