Review of Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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It was back in March when I saw this book for the first time, at Foyles in Central London. And I was intrigued. However, my book buying hopes were crushed (not that I’d already picked up three books that same day! It was my literal book lover’s heaven!) and I was forced to leave the shop without the book. Until a few weeks ago when I picked it up from my local library! Fuelled by a new hope in my local library (yes, they are better than people make them out to be!), I ploughed through my TBR list and landed upon this.

If you were sold the promise of leaving your life behind to be cryogenically frozen in a box and stuck on a ship to hurtle for three centuries through space to go to a new, uncivilized and uninhabited planet called Centauri-Earth, which we don’t know that much about, and told that you could never come back to Earth, would you take it? Amy’s mum and dad did, and she’s dubious. But she can’t leave her parents, so she takes it. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she’s woken up: supposedly the victim of an attempted murder. Stuck in space with a murderer running rampant, what would you do?

This book is a bit slow to start with at first. At about page 120, I remember saying to my own dad, “This book is a bit boring. I wish the plot would start unravelling.” Then it does, and boy when it does, it packs a punch!

Beth Revis did a good job with this, and I think she may have converted me into being interested in sci-fi books! This book may have been a hit for me because I loved things like Dot.Robot by Jason Bradbury when I was a bit younger, and I loved things like Mind Games by Teri Terry when I was the same age I am now! So this may be a bit of a biased book towards people like me. But I think that this book will appeal to a much wider audience than just people in the little niche that I’m a part of. 

Rather, I think that this book will appeal to anyone that loves a thriller novel. It certainly has those elements and traits about it.

One thing I’d like to point out is that this book is a bit all over the place. I’m not referring to the alternating narratives in each chapter (going between Amy and Eldest, depending on the chapter) but I’m talking about the fact that the plot begins to contradict itself. I won’t give away too many spoilers but don’t be surprised if you find yourself constantly turning between the blurb and the book itself checking for discrepencies in the facts. Because I did. Quite a lot as well. 

I loved this book, and I think that everyone that loves a YA book with a difference should give this a read. I liked it, and will go on to read the rest of the trilogy.

Buy the book here!

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