Across the Universe by Beth Revis
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Series: Across the Universe #1
Published: November 29, 2011
ReviewA few of the Edmonton Book Bloggers absolutely loved this book, so I bought it on the day that Beth Revis was here in Edmonton, which means it is signed!! Since they loved it so much, I actually had high expectations set for this one, and they were seriously met.
When I first began the book, I kept setting it back down because it didn't really pull me in. The characters didn't really interest me (except for the fact that Amy was almost like a character in Doctor Who -- in appearances), there was this weird love/obsession thing, and the story at the beginning was just... meh. And the whole Elder/Eldest thing confused me at first too, like, they don't even have names or anything?
But then I REALLY started to get into it. I mean this book was freaking CRAZY! One minute I think I'm right, the next minute, I'm cursing myself for being stupid for even THINKING that. So many unbelievable things happened and I found myself constantly gaping at what was happening. There were so many things happening at once, but I did not feel confused or anything, it was a very well paced book after the slow-ish beginning.
About the love/obsession thing, as you know, I have a problem with WABAM, THEY'RE IN LOVE. Even though it was kind of like that, it wasn't played on much. The characters were developed but not as a star crossed couple (maybe just a simple couple), which I really liked because, frankly, I am getting tired of that. I loved how they were developed as a team working together to solve the big mystery of the murder, gah, I just LOVED IT!
(I'm trying to type this while my brother is guffawing next door and it is REALLY annoying. Just thought you should know.)
I haven't read a lot of books with their own little dialect before, but I don't mind. I actually like figuring out the general meaning of those words.
Another thing I really liked was the science in here. No, I'm not a science geek or anything, but some of the concepts mentioned in here are linked to what I'm learning in class as well, so I just really enjoyed that!
Also, it was baffling how much the people on the ship didn't know about Earth. And I, like Amy, found their attempts at recreating Earth on a spaceship very weak. Their perspectives about a few things were so vastly different from mine that I had to stop and read it again, to make sure I had actually just read that Hitler was a role model to them. (Mind boggling, I KNOW)
The whole concept of the book intrigued me. They're flying to another planet that will take 3 centuries and she's going to be frozen in a chamber with her thoughts, for THREE centuries. And then the whole mystery, I loved it. Especially since I watch Doctor Who, and there's all this travelling space and time kind of thing, I loved the space theme of this book. Definitely read this if you love dystopians or maybe just a bit of science and space!