Across the Universe – Beth Revis

8235178Across the Universe by Beth Revis

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 11th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Mystery, Romance


Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


The movie Passengers—with the God-like Chris Pratt—made me really want to read this book.

I actually couldn’t finish the movie, because I thought it was too slow and the romance was just too expected, but the book entertained me quite a bit.

The ship itself—Godspeed—is pretty curious. It has its own separate levels and functions and the world inside it is reminiscent of a dystopian one. The setting is honestly my favourite thing about this book.

The story combines mystery, family/friendship and science fiction in a way that grips the reader. The romance lacks originality and passion, but fortunately it’s not inundating the plot.

Many plot twists are hidden inside chapters, especially the last ones. They made me want to immediately pick the second book up. Started it and it’s surprising so far.

Amy is a lovely, humane girl. Elder’s role is important, and I certainly did like learning more about it and him, but he’s not a memorable character.

I’m so curious about what’s going to happen next. This is the sort of series that you know you won’t guess the ending of. It’s going to be plot twist after plot twist. Good. Great, even. I’ll read on.


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5 thoughts on “Across the Universe – Beth Revis

  1. I adored Passengers, and now I’ll definitely have to look into this book. It is unfortunate that most romance lacks originality these days, but I’m glad to hear it was gripping!


  2. I read this series years ago and your review made remember how much I loved it. I’m not usually a sci-fi reader but the mysteries in this book made it so compelling. I’d love to read your review of the second one


  3. I read about this book and I immediately thought of passengers! I really liked that movie, so of course I’ve bought the book, can’t wait to read it!


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